Indians charge to victory

Sharma rides luck to guide Indians to IPL win

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Indians charge to victory

Rohit Sharma: Made 42 as Mumbai reached their target of 101

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Lasith Malinga took 4-16 and Rohit Sharma made an invaluable 42 as Mumbai Indians beat Deccan Chargers by five wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Chargers failed to build on a solid foundation laid by Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dharwan, who put on 37 runs for the opening stand.

But after spinner Harbhajan Singh removed the latter for 29 the Chargers collapsed, losing six wickets for the addition of just 29 runs.

Wickets continued to fall as the batsmen unerringly picked out the fielders, with all bar Dharwan hitting the ball to hand.

Malinga mopped up the tail as Deccan were skittled for 100, although even that paltry score proved troublesome for the Indians.

Dale Steyn removed countryman Richard Levi first ball, and Steyn continued to trouble the opposition in a spell that saw him give up only 10 runs from his four overs.

He could have removed the dangerous Sharma with the match still in the balance, only for Amit Mishra to grass a straightforward chance at third man.

Sharma eventually fell to Duminy with the score on 75 but Ambati Rayudu hit two boundaries in his 19 not out from 15 balls to see his side home with 11 balls to spare.

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