Indian Premier League, 21st match: Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors at Mumbai, Apr 20, 2011
Mumbai Indians won by 7 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
20 April 2011 - day/night match (20-over match)

Ahmed to Uthappa, no run, whoa, grubber. Lands full and wide outside off, Uthappa goes for a flamboyant square drive and misses. The ball just rolls along to the keeper. Superb start this from Nechim.

Pune Warriors 17/2   RV Uthappa 0* (1b)

Ahmed to Uthappa, no run, back of a length on middle, Uthappa gets behind the line and defends.


Ahmed to Uthappa, no run, short of a length outside off, Uthappa punches off the middle towards mid off


Ahmed to Uthappa, 4 leg byes, huge swing for Nechim, gets one to curve in late as Uthappa shuffles across and makes himself prone for an lbw. But the swing was huge, and it was heading down the leg side.


Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, more assured from Uthappa, punches confidently on the up wide of mid off for a single.


Ahmed to Uthappa, FOUR, and suddenly, Uthappa believes he's facing a net bowler. Another quick ball, full from Nechim, searching for movement. What does Uthappa do? He leans half across and tees off in emphatic style. Nearly a six down the ground that.

Pune Warriors 33/4   RV Uthappa 5* (6b 1x4)

Patel to Uthappa, no run, that deceptive Munaf legcutter now, and Uthappa nearly falls for it as it nips away late. Uthappa is squared up after leaning forward to play to the leg side, and edges wide of slip.


Patel to Uthappa, no run, a touch outside off, Uthappa walks into an angled steer through backward point.


Patel to Uthappa, no run, Uthappa shuffles across to off stump and looks to work Munaf to the leg side from there. Can't get the single.


Patel to Uthappa, 1 run, again Uthappa walks across and nudges through midwicket, this time he gets the single.

Pune Warriors 35/4   RV Uthappa 6* (10b 1x4)

Pollard to Uthappa, FOUR, Uthappa welcomes Pollard to the field with a steer through point for four. Not a very good ball, slow, back of a length and very wide outside off. With third man standing inside. Uthappa calmly guides it through the boundary.


Pollard to Uthappa, 1 no ball, ahemm, Pollard has over-stepped. Short of a length outside off, Uthappa misses the dab this time, with Rayudu standing up to the stumps.


Pollard to Uthappa, SIX, It's not a good idea to bowl an actual free-hit to a man who often treats normal balls like free-hits. Pollard keeps it full and wide of off stump, Uthappa swaggers across and round-house kicks it over long on. Murdered.


Pollard to Uthappa, 1 run, shortens the length outside off, Uthappa opens the face and steers through backward point


Pollard to Uthappa, no run, angles in from wide of the crease, short of a length. Uthappa looks to mve across and flick, but plays it down the track in the end.

Pune Warriors 48/4   RV Uthappa 17* (15b 2x4 1x6)

Murtaza to Uthappa, 1 run, shortens the length from round the wicket, Uthappa quietly goes back in the crease and works it to the leg side for one.

Pune Warriors 54/5   RV Uthappa 18* (16b 2x4 1x6)

Malinga to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa doesn't give too many bowlers respect, but this man he does. Quietly taps him to the leg side for a single.


Malinga to Uthappa, FOUR, smoked by Uthappa. Where does he find this confidence? He walks down the track, gets in position to drive a length ball and bangs it straight past Malinga for four. Brutal, but with a straight bat.


Malinga to Uthappa, no run, Malinga doesn't like it and bounces him. Uthappa shuffles across and belatedly decides to duck under it. Wise decision.

Pune Warriors 60/5   RV Uthappa 23* (19b 3x4 1x6)

Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, short and angling in, Uthappa pulls it down to deep midwicket.


Ahmed to Uthappa, no run, another slow offcutter, but the line is awry. Wide down the leg side


Ahmed to Uthappa, 1 run, slowish again, on a length outside off and Uthappa can't time the on-the-up cover drive. Single to extra cover.

Pune Warriors 68/5   RV Uthappa 25* (22b 3x4 1x6)

Franklin to Uthappa, FOUR, poor ball, lands it at a friendly pace on Uthappa's pads as he moves across. Easy nudge backward of square leg for a four.


Franklin to Uthappa, (no ball) 1 run, Ouch. No-ball. Uthappa drives on the up to cover for a single. He might want to renounce the single and take strike for the free-hit. Can't, though.


Franklin to Uthappa, no run, and Franklin escapes with a good yorker, and despite his machinations at the crease, Uthappa can't bang it away.


Franklin to Uthappa, 1 run, over-pitched and angled outside off, Uthappa walks into a cover drive and they get a single.


Franklin to Uthappa, 1 run, full and angled across, Uthappa calmly steers in front of point for a single.

Pune Warriors 79/5   RV Uthappa 32* (27b 4x4 1x6)

Malinga to Uthappa, 1 no ball, aha, Malinga has delivered a beamer. Has to have slipped out of the slingy hand. Uthappa stands a metre outside the crease, as is. That must have come at him like a meteor! Thankfully, it wasn't too straight and he looked to slap that to the leg side. Tendulkar tumbles anc catches at midwicket, but it is a no-ball for height.


Malinga to Uthappa, FOUR, boy, he's hammered that. Malinga gives him a foot of width outside off, Uthappa gets decisively across this time and thumps him on the up through the covers.


Malinga to Uthappa, 1 run, yorker, screams in towards the toes and Uthappa whips it through square leg for one


Malinga to Uthappa, no run, another yorker, even Uthappa can't get under this one and plays it back down the track.


Malinga to Uthappa, 1 run, slow yorker on middle and leg, Uthappa picks it a little late and adjusts his drive by taking the bottom hand off to play it along the turf to long on.

Pune Warriors 87/5   RV Uthappa 38* (32b 5x4 1x6)

Franklin to Uthappa, 1 run, angled across outside off, Uthappa drives along the ground wide of mid off for one.


Franklin to Uthappa, 2 runs, Uthappa gets a couple more, opens the face and plays it into the off side.


Franklin to Uthappa, FOUR, poor bowling and very good batting. Franklin doesn't land this, it is a full toss well outside off and Uthappa concentrates on beating backward point as he angles the face and guides this. Easy boundary, and an example of how not to bowl to your field.


Franklin to Uthappa, no run, whoa, wide outside off again but this one lands and nips away a touch as Uthappa looks to slug it into the Arabian Sea. Swing and a miss.

Pune Warriors 97/6   RV Uthappa 45* (36b 6x4 1x6)

Murtaza to Uthappa, OUT, Pollard does a Jonty Rhodes. And then does a Flintoff. Uthappa's got to go, and he's perished to a fantastic catch. Murtaza sees him coming out, drops it just back of a length and forces Uthappa to heave down the ground despite not getting to the pitch. Uthappa could not time it well, and it seemed like he would hence be safe, since this was set to land some ten metres in front of long on. Try telling Pollard that. He runs forward and to his left, swoops in and plucks it when he is horizontal, inches off the ground. And then has the presence of mind to ensure he gets the hand under the ball when he lands. And then he gets up on his knees, puts his arms wide and stands like Flintoff as his team-mates charge in. Spectacular.

RV Uthappa c Pollard b Murtaza 45 (37b 6x4 1x6) SR: 121.62

Pune Warriors 98/7   RV Uthappa 45 (37b 6x4 1x6)





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