by Tariq Engineer May 11, 2013 19:58 IST
Toss: Pune Warriors won the toss and chose to bat.
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Pune Warriors India: 112 for 8 (Yuvraj 33, Johnson 2-8)
Mitchell Johnson produced another wicket-taking opening spell and though Yuvraj Singh and Manish Pandey shared a 59-run partnership for the third wicket, Pune were always struggling to score runs. Yuvraj smacked Pragyan Ojha for two sixes in the 11th over but those were the last boundaries hit by the home team. Harbhajan Singh produced a miserly spell in the middle overs, conceding just 14 runs and picking up the wicket of Yuvraj with one that turned past the outside edge to hit the batsmen on the back pad in front of the stumps.
Lasith Malinga and Abu Nechim also picked up two wickets each while Dwayne Smith took a stunning catch off the last ball of the match to dismiss Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He leaped high at long off and snared the ball one-handed as Mumbai were left to chase at less than six runs an over.
Mumbai Indians: 116 for 5 (Rohit 37, Rayudu 26, Dinda 2-35)
Ashok Dinda gave Pune the perfect start when he got one to seam away from Dwayne Smith at pace and sent his offstump cartwheeling. Tendulkar showed some attacking intent but chipped Ajantha Mendis to long-on having made 15 and when Karthik mistimed a slog sweep, Mumbai found themselves stumbling a bit at 39 for 3 on a slow pitch that was making it hard to score runs quickly. But Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played sensible cricket, focusing on taking singles and twos and their partnership of 54 effectively ended the game, though neither batsmen saw their side home. Rayudu fell unnecessarily, pulling a Dinda half-tracker to square leg and Rohit swiped a half-volley straight to short third man with the scores tied.
The million-dollar man, Glenn Maxwell, got his first game of the season, and showed what he is capable off by pulling Dinda for a big six over deep midwicket. He made an unbeaten 13 from 7 deliveries and also bowled one over for five runs.
Yuvraj and Manish Pandey were chugging along nicely, if not quickly, when Pandey smashed a full toss from Malinga straight to Rayudu at midwicket. Then Angelo Mathews was run out for a duck – Tendulkar knocking out middle stump at the non-striker’s end from short third man – and Yuvraj was leg-before to Harbhajan in the same over. Pune went from 83 for 2 to 84 for 5 and never recovered.
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson
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