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Mumbai Indians ruled over Pune Warriors

Zia Rana May 11, 2013

Mumbai Indians 5-116 (Rohit Sharma 37, Ambati Rayudu 26, Ashok Dinda 2-35) beat Pune Warriors 8-112 (Yuvraj Singh 33, Manish Pandey 29, Mitchell Johnson 2-8) by five wickets.

The bleak performance of the minnows in the IPL 2013, Pune Warriors, continued as the strong Mumbai Indians crushed them in a low scoring encounter.

Pune Warriors managed 112 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs and Mumbai Indians achieved the target by thrashing 116 with five wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.

Mitchell Johnson (Mumbai Indians) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his economical bowling spell of 4-0-8-2.

The 58th match of the Indian Premier League was played on Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Subrata Roy, Sahara Stadium, Pune.

Earlier, Aaron Finch, the captain of Pune Warriors, won the toss and elected to bat first at his home wicket. He became the first victim at 13 after scoring 10 runs and Manish Pandey got together with Robin Uthappa who was declared leg before wicket off Lasith Malinga for 10. Yuvraj Singh got in next and started off with a four as Pandey hit 1 six and 1 four in the succeeding overs. They took the score to 58 after 10 overs as Yuvraj Singh got 2 consecutive sixes in the next over.

The pair crept to 84 in 13 overs when Manish Pandey was gone for 29 and Yuvraj Singh followed him at the same score for 33. The incoming batsmen were unable to resist the lethal bowling of the rival bowlers and the wickets kept on sliding consistently. The hosts reached 112 with two wickets still in hand at the end of the 20th over.

Mitchell Johnson - Player of the match

Mitchell Johnson – Player of the match

Mitchell Johnson, Abu Nechim and Lasith Malinga were the top wicket takers with two each whereas Harbhajan Singh got one wicket.

Mumbai Indians lost their opener, Dwayne Smith, for a duck as Dinesh Karthik joined in with the little master, Sachin Tendulkar. The latter hit 3 fours in the following overs but was caught by Pandey at long on off Ajantha Mendis for 15. The skipper of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma, appeared in next as Karthik added 10 runs in the sixth over with 1 six and 1 four. Dinesh Karthik became the next victim at 39 in 7.2 overs at his individual score of 17 as Ambati Rayudu associated with Sharma.

The pair started their travel towards the target without taking any risk with the support of occasional boundaries. Rayudu hit the second six of the innings in the 15th over and gathered another 2 fours in the following overs. He was caught by Angelo Mathews at deep backward square leg off Ashok Dinda for 26. The fourth wicket fell at 93 in 16 overs when Glenn Maxwell took guards in the center. They hit 1 six and 2 fours in the next two overs and the score was levelled after the last ball of the 18th over was bowled. Rohit Sharma was caught by Dinda off Kane Richardson for 37 off 41 balls with 3 fours on the second delivery of the next over. Harbhajan Singh hit the winning boundary on the fifth ball as the score touched 116 after 18.5 overs.

Mumbai Indians defeated the home side with a big margin of five wickets and got two important points.

The present standing of the two teams in the tournament is as follows:

Mumbai Indians – 18 points from 13 games – 2nd position

Pune Warriors –     4 points from 14 games – 9th (last) position

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