Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers – A Thriller

I Would Have Spat Harbhajan on His Face

Rohit Sharma Stood Like a Rock between Victory and Defeat

Rohit Sharma Stood Like a Rock between Victory and Defeat
Rohit Sharma Stood Like a Rock between Victory and Defeat | Source

Thriller of Thrillers


Thriller of Thrillers

It was a thriller of all the thrillers in the current IPL cricket tournament. Till the last ball, it was difficult to guess as to who will win. Rohit Sharma hit a fierce six off the last ball of the match to clinch a victor for his side Mumbai Indians against the Deccan Chargers at Visakhapatnam.

Excellent Bowling by Steyn

Mumbai Indians bowled out Deccan Chargers for a relatively low score of 138 for nine wickets in the 20 overs. It was no challenge for the Mumbai Indians to score the set target. But because of slow scoring of the Mumbai Indians batsmen and some superb piece of bowling by Steyn, the match turned in favour of Deccan Chargers at one stage. Steyn bowled a beauty of a ball to Richard Levi, his fellow South African that cart wheeled his stumps. Steyn dismissed both the openers. He bowled a wicket maiden over. His figures at the end of the match were impressive at 4-1-12-3. There were tantalizing moments during the match, swinging in favour of Mumbai Indians at one stage and in favour of Deccan Chargers at some other stage. In the end, the home crowd was disappointed that it lost by a hairline margin. I felt that had Steyn been preserved for the last over, the result could have been different. Steyn was asked to bowl the penultimate 19th over and Sangakkara gave the last over to Christian who bowled loose balls. But again, it can be argued that had Christian bowled the penultimate over, Rohit Sharma would have hit him for maximum runs and in the final over, only five or six runs would have been needed for a victory which can be achieved irrespective of who bowls the last over.

Controversial Decision

When Deccan Chargers were batting, there was a controversy regarding the dismissal of Sangakkara, the skipper. Sangakkara played a ball from Munaf Patel and off his pads, it hit first the off stump, hit the wicketkeeper’s pads and hit the stumps again on reflection. The umpire ruled Sangakkara as not out. But in the TV replays, it could be clearly seen that Sangakkara was out. Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh protested forcibly and repeatedly. He indulged in big argument with the umpires. The umpires yielded and called for a review of the decision. After the review, Sangakkara was given out. It reminded me about the controversy during England-New Zealand test match several years back. It was a controversial dismissal. The bails flew away and Bob Anderson was declared out bowled by Phil Edmonds. But the Kiwis thought that the ball had come off Keeper Taylor’s pads.

Excellent Bowling by Steyn

Excellent Bowling by Steyn
Excellent Bowling by Steyn | Source

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Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers – A Thriller

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I Would Have Spat Harbhajan on His Face

There cannot be any dispute regarding Sangakkara’s dismissal as it was clearly seen from the TV replay. But the question is whether Harbhajan Singh was right in indulging in repeated arguments with the umpires which was for all to see in TV. Why did the umpires yield to his arguments and called for the review? Harbhajan Singh was noted for his violent actions in the past. He once thrashed Srisanth on his cheeks and was banned for the whole of the IPL Had I been in place of Srisanth, I would have kicked Harbhajan on his chest with my shoes and spat on his face without minding to undergo a ban throughout the IPL. But the poor Srisanth cried like a girl before millions of viewers without having any courage to hit Harbhajan back. During the Australia tour in 2008 also Harbhajan created controversies with the Australian players. Were the umpires J D Colete and Anil Choudhury scared that Harbhajan would thrash them also on their cheeks? If so they were unfit to be the umpires. An umpire can commit an error of judgement because he is also a human. But an umpire should have guts to stand up to his decision against threat from a player. Today Harbhajan Singh has been allowed to challenge the umpires and force his way into the match. Tomorrow if some other player does this what will the umpire do? Probably the umpire will see the nature and character of the player challenging. If the player is a mild mannered and soft, the umpire will refuse to yield. But if the player is noted for beating other players physically, then the umpire will yield to his request. This is very bad umpiring and the concerned umpires should be blacklisted and not allowed to do umpiring in future. Will the BCCI do it? Harbhajan Singh should also be banned for the rest of the IPL and fined heavily for arguing with the umpire.

Rohit Sharma Stood Like a Rock between Victory and Defeat

For Deccan Chargers, Dhawan hit an excellent 41 off 24 balls with two fours and four sixes. For Mumbai Indians, Munaf Patel bagged four wickets, giving away only 20 runs. Mumbai Indians started the chase poorly. At one stage they were 10 for 2. Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma tried to repair the damage but Rayudu was out when the score was 58. Pollard promised much and it seemed he was continuing his calypso cricket from the Caribbean Islands a month back. Pollard scored 24 runs off 18 balls with three sixes. Once Pollard was out, the match swung back in favour of Deccan Chargers. Dinesh Karthik’s departure accelerated the collapse of Mumbai Indians. But in the end, Rohit Sharma stood like a rock and took the Mumbai Indians to victory off the last ball of the match. He remained not out with 73 runs scored off 50 balls with four fours and five sixes. Franklin gave him company in the end. This was the second successive defeat for the Deccan Chargers before their home crowd. Deccan Chargers has itself to blame. A total of 138 is not an adequate total to defend. Secondly when 18 runs were needed by Mumbai Indians in the last over, the bowling should have been tight.

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Ramnovich 4 years ago

nice article. But you had changed the meaning in your last paragraph. Dinesh Karthik’s departure accelerated the collapse of Deccan Chargers.. It should have been Dinesh Karthik’s departure accelerated the collapse of Mumbai Indians.


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you. I stand corrected.


styleguru abhi 4 years ago

shikar dhawan is a god


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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear styleguru,

Thank you for your comments. I fully agree with you.

Best wishes,

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