Mumbai: A five-wicket win with 11 deliveries to spare might suggest a comfortable verdict on home patch for Mumbai Indians, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Having won just one of four games this season at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai laid out a green surface for their return match against laggards Deccan Chargers. The track was a bit of a lottery, but Mumbai benefited from a series of ordinary decisions from the 2009 champions, the most significant being the absence of Kumar Sangakkara, the captain.
Sangakkara has admittedly been in poor form, but there is no gainsaying how handy his experience and expertise would have been on a pitch on which the faster bowlers positively thrived. In the end, all Sangakkara - who sat himself out and handed over the reins to Cameron White - did was watch on in frustration from the dugout as the Chargers were shot out for 100 in one of the more forgettable batting displays of the competition.
There was no indication of the carnage to follow when openers Shikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel negotiated the early passage of play relatively untroubled. The duo put on 37, but once Parthiv was caught at mid-on off Harbhajan Singh, the Chargers went into an inexorable tailspin.