DURBAN: Deccan Chargers defeated Mumbai Indians by 12 runs in a tense Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday.
Deccan Chargers made 168-9 and restricted Mumbai Indians for 156-7 in their 20 overs. Deccan overcame several setbacks -- a middle-order collapse, an assault from Sachin Tendulkar (36) and JP Duminy (47), and a spirited push towards the target from Mumbai's tail -- to secure their third straight victory of the tournament.
Deccan's success was set up by valuable contributions from their overseas players and a terrific spell from left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha. Herschelle Gibbs (58), Adam Gilchrist (35) and Dwayne Smith (35) provided a prolific start, one which ensured that Deccan achieved with a defendable target despite an extremely poor finish to the innings.
Mumbai were well on course to victory, needing only 85 runs off the last 10 overs with nine wickets in hand, before Ojha struck thrice in successive overs to derail the chase. Fidel Edwards returned to bowl a crucial penultimate over, conceding only four runs, which left Mumbai with too many to get in the last.
On Friday, a cracking 84 from Ravi Bopara helped Kings XI Punjab finally taste success as they defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets at the Newlands.
Chasing a target of 169, man of the match Bopara and skipper Yuvraj Singh (30 not out) shared a match winning 66-run stand off 40 balls for the third wicket as Kings XI made 173-3 in 19 overs. For Kings XI Punjab, the win will put behind the disappointment of losing the last two rain interrupted matches on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Bangalore Royal Challengers scored 168-9 as Jacques Kallis made 62. For Kings XI Punjab, Yusuf Abdulla (4-31) and Irfan Pathan (3-31) came up with inspiring performances that saw Royal Challengers slump to their third consecutive loss in the series.