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Rohit Sharma's hat-trick seals Deccans' win


Though there was drizzle in the morning, pleasant conditions were seen at the Centurion when Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar were in the middle for the toss. Gilchrist won the toss elected to bat first.

Mumbai had a well start with the ball when the dangerous Gibbs was out to Dhawal Kulkarni in the 2nd over. Suman came in at number three and happening off with some well strokes. However, his innings did not last long as he was dismissed by Dwayne Bravo. Meanwhile, Gilchrist was playing a firm role, ensuring that Hyderabad did not lose more wickets. Rohit Sharma gave him fine company as the duo piled on the runs at a decent rate. Just when things were looking well for the Deccans, Gilchrist tried to plod across the line and was bowled by Raje in the 10th over. Hyderabad are at an unsteady position, going into the break at 63/3.

Post break, the firm hitting Dwayne Smith joined Rohit Sharma as the pair were trying to construct a partnership. However, the West Indian was sent back to the dug-out after creature bowled by Jayasuriya in the 13th over. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma was playing industriously, trying to get Hyderabad to a sensible score. However, a superb catch by Bravo throughout a Malinga over, resulted in the dismissal of Rohit Sharma. Venugopal Rao hit some boundaries towards the end before he was run-out in the last over. Hyderabad completed the 20 overs at a rational score of 145/6.

A well bowling effort was the order of the day for Hyderabad, caring a target of 145. RP Singh got the team off to a dream start, dismissing the energetic opening duo of Jayasuriya and Tendulkar off following deliveries. The pair of Duminy and Pinal Shah started the save work. With a combination of excellent stroke-play and fragile shots the duo reached their fifty partnership. However, the partnership was broken down when Pinal Shah attempted a slog sweep off Suman, only to find Dwayne Smith fastener on to a catch at long-on. Mumbai went into the “Strategy Break” at 71/3 needs 75 more runs to win off 60 balls.

Duminy and Bravo start again the chase after the break. The duo put on quick runs as they were closing in on the required target. Hyderabad came back by captivating the wicket of Bravo. An attempted big one off Suman went wrong for Bravo and he holed out to Harris. Meanwhile Duminy bring up his fifty off just 45 balls.

More triumph was in store for the Deccans when Rohit Sharma dismissed Nayar and Harbhajan Singh of uninterrupted deliveries and ended the over on a hat-trick Chance. Rohit Sharma started the 18th over with Mumbai at 108/6 needs 38 runs to win of 18 balls. The action packed over maxim Duminy attempting to go for a big one over square-leg. However, the ball caught the glove and went straight into the hands of Gilchrist. Rohit Sharma got his first ever hat-trick while Mumbai's chances of a victory was getting dimmer. Rohit Sharma got his 4th wicket in the same over dismissing Saurabh Tiwiri. The purple cap holder RP Singh ended off the last over, giving away just 5 runs.

Hyderabad materialized victors by 20 runs thanks to the early break-throughs by RP Singh who dismissed the dangerous combo of Sachin and Jayasuriya, and a dream hat-trick towards the end by Rohit Sharma.

Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma

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