7:56pm Monday 9th April 2012
FORMER Hampshire t20 winner Dan Christian suffered a miserable ending to today’s Indian Premier League encounter between his Deccan Chargers side and Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai smashed 21 off the final over – bowled by Christian - to snatch a thrilling five-wicket victory from the jaws of defeat.
Chasing Deccan's 138 for nine, Mumbai looked set to fall short after being left needing 18 off the final six balls.
However, new batsman James Franklin took six off the first two deliveries before sneaking a bye that brought his established partner Rohit Sharma on strike with 11 needed off three.
Sharma reduced that target to three off one with a six and a quickly-scampered two before he sealed a stunning victory by clubbing a Christian full toss over the boundary for his fifth maximum of the day.
Sharma finished unbeaten on 73 off 50 balls to almost single-handedly lead his side's run chase, with Kieron Pollard, whose 24 included three sixes, and Ambati Rayudu (19) the only other Mumbai players to reach double figures.
Earlier, Deccan opener Shikhar Dhawan had helped his side recover from a poor start to post a reasonable total with a 24-ball 41, while Australian duo Christian (39) and Cameron White (30) also made decent contributions against an impressive Mumbai bowling attack.
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