Hyderabad:Another day, same story. Hyderabad Deccan Chargers failed in another game at home, this time to Mumbai Indians, who won by 25 runs here at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Mumbai, who were languishing at the bottom of the points table earlier, are fourth now, with 12 points after their sixth consecutive win. Their bid for a semifinal berth is a strong one. Since the semis and the final would all be in Mumbai, the Indians would be hard to stop once they reach the knockouts.
There were positives for Hyderabad from this game. Their spin troika --- Shahid Afridi, Pragyan Ojha and part-timer Venugopal Rao --- held Mumbai down to 178-7 after they looked good for a 200+ score. Their seamer RP Singh took 3-35 to become the leading wicket taker in the tournament.
Later, Rao along with Ravi Teja, willed Hyderabad on with his free-flowing strokeplay that was as soothing to watch as it was useful in getting the home side on track for a win. However, their top order had done little of note and the target proved a bit too much.
Shahid Afridi holed out to cover first ball, with Dominic Thornley running back to complete a fine catch. Adam Gilchrist sliced a simple catch to third man, while Rohit Sharma also fell first ball LBW.
Rao and Teja looked like they would take Hyderabad to an unlikely win but with 49 to get from 18 balls, both perished within a ball of each other in an over by Dwayne Bravo.
Earlier, Mumbai had been asked to bat by Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist. They managed to reach a sizeable score with contributions all round. Sanath Jayasuriya led Mumbai's offensive with an all-boundary 36 that had six fours and two sixes.
Abhishek Nayar, promoted up the order, beefed up the middle overs with his 38 while Dwayne Bravo finished with 30.
Deccan, on the other hand, are seventh and their campaign is more or less over. They have four points with three more games left after this.