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Anand takes key wickets as Deccan pull off shock win

AFP, MUMBAI, INDIA

Little-known Anand Rajan grabbed two key wickets to help the bottom-placed Deccan Chargers shock the third-placed Mumbai Indians by 10 runs in their Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

The seamer removed skipper Sachin Tendulkar and hard-hitting Kieron Pollard as Mumbai finished at 125-8 chasing a modest 136-run target to suffer their fourth defeat in 12 games of the Twenty20 tournament.

In Saturday’s other match, West Indies opener Chris Gayle smashed a 12-ball 38 as the Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a four-wicket victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Bangalore made sure of a place in the semi-finals with 17 points. They are followed by Chennai (16), Mumbai (16), Kolkata (14), Rajasthan (11), Punjab (10), Kochi (10), Pune (8), Deccan (8) and Delhi (8).

Mumbai needed 26 to win in the last over, but they managed only 15 as Anand dismissed West Indies all-rounder Pollard (24 off 13 balls) with his fourth delivery.

Tendulkar’s Mumbai were under pressure after being reduced to 25-3 in the opening 5.3 overs, with paceman Ishant Sharma taking two wickets.

Rajan, playing his first IPL match, then got two wickets in one over, including that of Tendulkar, who top-scored with 37.

Mumbai paceman Dhawal Kulkarni grabbed three wickets to restrict Deccan, with Shikhar Dhawan (27 not out), skipper Kumar Sangakkara (27) and Sunny Sohal being the main scorers.

Mumbai seamer Munaf Patel conceded 23 runs in the last over as Deccan batsman Amit Mishra hit him for four successive boundaries.

Gayle earlier hit two sixes and six fours as Bangalore achieved a rain-revised target of 102 with three balls to spare.

He started aggressively, hitting paceman Brett Lee for four boundaries in the opening over and then cracking two successive sixes in the next over bowled by seamer Jaidev Unadkat. He fell in the third attempting a big shot.

Yusuf Pathan top-scored for Kolkata with 36. He hit three sixes and two fours in his 24-ball knock.

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