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)

I am Nitin Sundar, taking you through the action today. The players are out, MI start with spin. Murtaza to open. Ryder to face. Rayudu has the big gloves. Here we go. Man U v Man C, apparently. Note that I did not say who is who.

Bhushan: "Yuvi dedicated his CWC-11 performance to Sachin... what's his plan today?"

Sailesh: "How about some trash talk? Pune are the Manchester City of the IPL, they are just noisy neighbours." And KKR is Mohun Bagan? That's at least geographically accurate ...

MGM: "Ref Anurag's 1801 & 11 times sent. My advise, divide 1801 by 11 = 164, this is going to be Pune's total for today." The da Vinci code.

Ravi: "I think its a big mistake to drop Jacobs...they need firepower at the top while chasing...i think Mumbai have got carried away by their 8 and 7 wkt victories..."

Aman: "Who would Raj Thackeray be supporting today? Pune or MI?" Ahemm.

Still a bit to go for kick-off. Meanwhile, here is Howzat, our new online social cricket game.

1550 Having twiddled my thumbs at the Chinnaswamy for some three hours last night, waiting for the rain to stop, I am just pleased it's nice and sunny at Wankhede. Only one thing justifies the sadistically persistent drizzle in Bangalore last night - Even the rain gods could not stand the thought of Rahul Dravid playing an away game in Bangalore.

In Jacobs' absence, Rayudu will keep wicket for Mumbai. Rohit Sharma might be the one opening with Tendulkar. Pune, according to the TV broadcaster, are playing only three overseas players. Smith and Parnell are out today. Paine will keep wicket, and possibly open the innings as well.

Anurag's on fire today: "Oops! That was an exclamation mark! But hey, I won the bet! I'd bet mine would be the first comment to be published. Thanks a bunch Nitin!" Who are these people, placing bets on such mundane things?

Breaking news from Twitter. Vijay Mallya, manufacturer of beer and owner of RCB tweets thus: "Its official now....the explosive Chris Gayle is now a part of the RCB squad after receiving clearance from the WICB" Gayle comes in for the injured Nannes, but is likely to take the vacancy left by Dilshan at the top once the Sri Lankan players leave the IPL.

Anurag Acharya sends in the first comment of the day. Eleven times. "As a Mumbai supporter, I really hope Pune gets more than 1801." Wonder if Anurag read what he'd typed before hitting send 11 times!

Yuvraj wins the toss and Pune will bat. "Good track, looks a bit dry and we will look to put a total on the board. I am sure the whole crowd is going to cheer Mumbai, no one is going to cheer Pune today."

Tendulkar is pleased with the toss result since he wanted to bowl. Ravi Shastri asks Tendulkar the same questions a second time - "You had four days off, what did you do?" And Tendulkar says we spent time together. Davy Jacobs and Harbhajan are not playing. Former dropped, latter injured. James Franklin and Abu Nechim are in.

I am not entirely sure why Ravi Shastri talks to the captain once before and once after the toss. There's hardly anything left to ask the second time. Both Shastri and Brad Hogg term this as 'Derby day'. Yuvraj says Tim Paine and Murali Kartik are playing. Watch this space to know who has been left out.

1525 IST Hello world! Welcome to the war of the wild west. Mumbai v Pune. All roads, once again, lead to Wankhede. There's just enough time left to predict your playing XIs. Both these teams like to chase, this could be a very interesting toss.


Murtaza to Ryder, no run, tossed up from over the wicket, he looks to flick and leading edge to the off side.

Slip in place.


Murtaza to Ryder, no run, well bowled., tight line outside off, Ryder looks to cut but there is no room.

Interesting decision to open with Murtaza. He's the weakest link in this attack.


Murtaza to Ryder, no run, Huge stumping appeal, referred upstairs. This could be close. Ryder looks to drive through the off side and drags the back foot out. Not much spin for Murtaza and it slides past the outside edge. Did Ryder drag it back in, on time? Only just.. Safe.


Murtaza to Ryder, 2 runs, Ryder's away, lofting him in the air against the spin and wide of mid off. He did not get much on it, and chipped it higher than he wanted, but it's good enough for a couple.


Murtaza to Ryder, no run, looks to force against the spin, but Ryder's punch finds cover.


Murtaza to Ryder, 1 run, good start from Murtaza. Ryder gets across and works with the spin wide of mid on for a single.

Nehal: "I grew up in Mumbai, now living in Pune. So what? Once a Mumbaikar, always a Mumbaikar at heart ! Go Mumbai Go !!"

Rajendra: "Pune is like Barcelona Club ,always top on the table."

Vinay: "Dont call Mumbai Man U, I have Man U and I am a ABU (Anything But United) supporter and I would rather call Mumbai as the Liverpool of IPL as just like Liverpool, as even after the good starts early in the tournament, they dont win any tournament but only come close to winning it and then lose out during the final qualifications"

End of over 1 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • JD Ryder 3 (6b)
    • TD Paine 0 (0b)
    • AG Murtaza 1-0-3-0

Malinga comes on. Hide the toes. Guard the stumps. Pray.

Joy: "So then, MI have already paid the price of not playing Davy Jacobs. Rayadu was too slow in that stumping chance. Unlike Dhoni/Jacobs, he collected the ball and took his hands back before dislodging the bails. Had he been quicker, Ryder was definitely out."


Malinga to Ryder, no run, aims for the toss almost immediately. Full and fast at 137 kph, Ryder works it off the pads to midwicket.

Shank: "A New Zealander and an Australian opening for Pune? The Thackreys will not be impressed." Ahemm.


Malinga to Ryder, no run, over-pitched on middle, Ryder looks to move away and thump it through the off side, but finds mid off.


Malinga to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder's got under him. Malinga sends down a slower ball at 126 kph, on a length, Ryder muscles it over mid on off the front foot. Not too well-hit, but good enough for the first six overs.


Malinga to Ryder, 2 wides, slants the pacy yorker down the leg side. Called a wide, and they run one more as Rayudu fails to collect.


Malinga to Paine, no run, Malinga inflicts pain almost straight away. Paine begins his IPL career by nervously feeling outside off as Malinga sends down a pacy full ball that nips away slightly.


Malinga to Paine, no run, play and a miss. Malinga sends down another pacy away-bender at the Wankhede. Paine plays a cover drive at the DY Patil. Daylight between bat and ball as it whizzes past.


Malinga to Paine, 1 run, Paine's away, trotting out in Paul Collingwood style to a full delivery and driving it towards mid-off for one.

Vidyasagar: "Comparing Mumbai Indians and Liverpool is the greatest insult. Please, MI is not marred by perennial under-achievement, mediocrity and self-obsession." Epic baiting happening here!

End of over 2 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • TD Paine 1 (3b)
    • JD Ryder 7 (9b 1x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-7-0
    • AG Murtaza 1-0-3-0

Murtaza to Paine, 1 run, Pain twinkles out again, and works Murtaza from the pads to mid-on for a single.

Right, the TV broadcaster gets it wrong once again. Parnell IS playing. Jhunjhunwala is not.


Murtaza to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder's getting into his groove again. Tossed up bravely outside off, he gets half forward and thumps with disdain on the up. Emphatic hit over wide mid-off.


Murtaza to Ryder, no run, promptly shortens the length, Ryder cuts straight to cover.

Round the wicket now.


Murtaza to Ryder, 1 run, on the pad, back of a length, Ryder works it to mid on for one


Murtaza to Paine, no run, hurries Paine into a cut, very close to off stump. Well bowled, fooled him with change in pace and length, but no edge.


Murtaza to Paine, no run, Paine looks to tap to the off side for a single, but can't get it away this time.

Pramod rhymes. Hideous crimes. "Baba black sheep have u any wool yes sir yes sir 3 sacks full ....for malinga have u any yorker yes sir yes sir 4 overs full.."

End of over 3 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • TD Paine 2 (6b)
    • JD Ryder 12 (12b 2x4)
    • AG Murtaza 2-0-9-0
    • SL Malinga 1-0-7-0

Nechim the seamer comes on. Over the wicket.


Ahmed to Ryder, no run, starts with a length ball on the pads, Ryder stays on the crease and defends.

Danny Morrison on air: "Good to be back in Bollywood, on a Wednesday." Go figure.


Ahmed to Ryder, no run, wider outside off, Ryder looks to get muscle behind his drive but blasts it straight to mid off


Ahmed to Ryder, OUT, the Orange Cap gets under it and Ryder rides back to the dug-out. Nechim sends down a deceptively quick short ball, Ryder looks to bully him by getting back and playing a short-arm pull, but that was onto him in a jiffy. Ryder went through with the shot and got a bit of top-edge. Tendulkar at midwicket back-pedals, puts his arms up and holds it over the head.

JD Ryder c Tendulkar b Ahmed 12 (15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00


Ahmed to Paine, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, but Paine survives. Looks to work around the pads to the leg side, and gets something on it to the leg side.


Ahmed to Manhas, OUT, Nechim, got 'im. Again. Manhas doesn't move the feet and has a wild flail outside off as Nechim keeps it sharp and quick just outside off. This man has gone some pace, and Manhas found out as he was late into the shot. Outside edge carries easily to Rayudu.

M Manhas c †Rayudu b Ahmed 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Uthappa comes in. This is among the poorer starts Pune have had in this IPL.


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.

Nithesh: "Paine for Pune!"

End of over 4 (1 run, wicket maiden) Pune Warriors 17/2 (RR: 4.25)

    • RV Uthappa 0 (1b)
    • TD Paine 2 (7b)
    • AN Ahmed 1-1-0-2
    • AG Murtaza 2-0-9-0

Munaf comes on.


Patel to Paine, no run, Uthappa survives a run-out chance. Symonds can't believe he's missed it from around four metres away. Paine chips out, taps to Symmo charging in from cover and then decides to call off the single. Uthappa turns back, and would have been gone if Symmo hit the stumps. He missed.


Patel to Paine, OUT, Pune are in trouble here. Munaf's removed Paine and celebrated with with typical minimalism. Effort ball, Munaf got that across faster than normal and it was a touch short too. Paine looked to pull and missed, the ball clipped top of off. Munaf is one of those seamers with no follow through. He stops, puts his hand up, looks down the track seriously and walks slowly down the track.

TD Paine b Patel 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

It's all come down to Yuvraj and Uthappa.


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, back of a length on middle, worked cautiously to the leg side.


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Yuvraj is gone. Pune have lost four wickets in eight balls. I need time to breathe. Munaf keeps it on that nagging length outside off, Yuvraj's feet don't move very decisively early on and he pokes it through to Rayudu, as it angles past. Munaf lets out a bit of a roar this time as he puts the hand up and walks down the track.

Yuvraj Singh c †Rayudu b Patel 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Patel to Mishra, 2 runs, that's daring for you. Mishra pulls the first ball, it angles in fast and short and he gets into no position as he pulls. He gets it wide of the keeper to the leg side and they run one.


Patel to Mishra, FOUR, very very edgy from Pune. Mishra nicks one wide of slip and through to third man for four. Munaf once again lands it back of a length and gets it to nip away a touch.

End of over 5 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 23/4 (RR: 4.60)

    • MD Mishra 6 (2b 1x4)
    • RV Uthappa 0 (1b)
    • MM Patel 1-0-6-2
    • AN Ahmed 1-1-0-2

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

Malinga's only bowled one over. They are saving him for later. There may be no later, at this rate.


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 Mishra, 1 leg bye, another one that shapes in late, Mishra can't get bat on it and squeezes a leg bye backward of square leg

EK: "Yuvraj still in world cup mood. Still playing for that special person, Tendulkar?"


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.

End of over 6 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 33/4 (RR: 5.50)

    • RV Uthappa 5 (6b 1x4)
    • MD Mishra 6 (3b 1x4)
    • AN Ahmed 2-1-5-2
    • MM Patel 1-0-6-2

Patel to Mishra, 1 run, back of a length, and ends on middle and leg, Mishra works it to deep square leg for one


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.

Anurag again: "SRT Fan Stats: Among all players who have at least 800 or more runs in IPL history, Sachin Tendulkar has the greatest average: 45.70 from 38 innings with 8 not-outs, the next best being Dhoni's 38.03 from 47 innings with 12 not-outs. If we reduce the qualification to half (400 runs), then Sachin's average is second-best only to Shaun Marsh's 55.42 from 17 innings. And he's also hit more fours than anyone else in the IPL."


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.

One widish slip lurks in the shadows.


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

SachinG: "Munaf is an improved bowler since worldcup .. In IPL he is looking polished and dangerous"


Patel to Mishra, no run, flash outside off, Mishra doesn't edge though. He may want to control the impulse to hit everything, for a while.

Punit: "I wonder if Symonds and Harbhajan quarrelled, and they were obstinate not to play in the same XI. Is that why Harbhajan is left out? ;)"

They did play the previous game together. Didn't help Mumbai's cause though, they lost that game.

End of over 7 (2 runs) Pune Warriors 35/4 (RR: 5.00)

    • MD Mishra 7 (5b 1x4)
    • RV Uthappa 6 (10b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 2-0-8-2
    • AN Ahmed 2-1-5-2

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.

Free hit comes up.


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 Mishra, no run, Mishra tries to force a single down the ground but can't get it away.


Pollard to Mishra, 1 run, clipped off the pads backward of square for a single.


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.

Harit: "Punit has penned a pertinent point". And I thought we were done with rhymes, during the World Cup.

End of over 8 (13 runs) Pune Warriors 48/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • RV Uthappa 17 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • MD Mishra 8 (7b 1x4)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-13-0
    • MM Patel 2-0-8-2

Murtaza is back on.


Murtaza to Mishra, no run, length ball outside off, Mishra drives with the spin but finds cover.


Murtaza to Mishra, FOUR, brave short, but Mishra pulls it off. He skips out before the ball is bowled, Murtaza doesn't see him and lands it on a length on middle. Mishra is not to the pitch of it, but it doesn't stop him from drag-mowing it across, wide of long on and one bounce, over the boundary.


Murtaza to Mishra, OUT, well, he just can't hold himself back, this Mohnish Mishra. He wasn't satisfied with four, he wanted a six, and was not mindful of the state of the game. Looks to get the front foot across, go down on a knee, and heave Murtaza against the spin over long on. Can't get enough on it, and Rohit Sharma on the boundary takes it.

MD Mishra c Sharma b Murtaza 12 (10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Murali Kartik is the new man in. Pune in tail-spin, literally and otherwise.


Murtaza to Kartik, no run, tossed up from over the wicket, Kartik works it with the spin to midwicket.


Murtaza to Kartik, 1 run, worked through the leg side again, this time he gets a single


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.

KM: "Dear good Lord. Ravi Shaz called Mishra "Sharma." Not once, but twice within a 10 second period? "

You just wait until Rahul Sharma comes on to bowl at Rohit Sharma. One gets the feeling, that will be what the doctor orders.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 54/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • RV Uthappa 18 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 1 (2b)
    • AG Murtaza 3-0-15-1
    • KA Pollard 1-0-13-0

The slinga is back on now.


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.

Wonder if Kartik has ever come out to bat inside ten overs.


Malinga to Kartik, no run, whoa, yorker at 144 kph and Kartik wisely hides the toes from the missile by getting the bat in the way. Nearly run out, as he digs it out and thinks of a single. Malinga collects and under-arms but no harm done.


Malinga to Kartik, no run, not so straight this time, Kartik opens the face and steers towards point


Malinga to Kartik, 1 run, Malinga bounces him at 140 kph, Kartik is a year late on the pull as he recovers from his hide-the-toes strategy and pulls feebly through midwicket.


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.

Uthappa's got guts. He's standing a foot and a bit outside his crease!


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.

End of over 10 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 60/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • RV Uthappa 23 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 2 (5b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-0
    • AG Murtaza 3-0-15-1

Nechim is back on now.


Ahmed to Kartik, 1 run, Width outside off, Kartik cuts well but finds deep point.


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

Well, well. WICB are not pleased with Gayle's decision to skip the Pakistan series for the IPL. Details will be up on the site, soon.


Ahmed to Kartik, FOUR, Nechim finds an extra yard now and again, much like Ajit Agarkar it takes the batsman by surprise. Kartik was late on the bouncer and ended up top-edging over the keeper's head


Ahmed to Kartik, 1 run, back of a length, slower ball, Kartik picks it late and guides it to 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.

Kedar: "Isn't this the same WICB that dumped him few days ago ?" True, but that was only for the first 2 ODIs. Gayle wasn't at his fittest following the World Cup, and he was obviously not 'dropped'.

End of over 11 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 68/5 (RR: 6.18)

    • RV Uthappa 25 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 8 (8b 1x4)
    • AN Ahmed 3-1-13-2
    • SL Malinga 2-0-13-0

Franklin gets a bowl now. Left arm over, with the keeper up.


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.

Free hit comes now. The field can change. Keeper goes back, third man is inside the circle.


Franklin to Kartik, (no ball) 1 run, oh boy. Franklin gets away with this one, but oversteps again. This time, Uthappa will face. Length ball outside off, Kartik heaves to deep cover for one.

Another free-hit comes up...


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.

Arjun: "I was taking my regular afternoon lap at office in Pune... I woke to see the scoreboard @60/5 Pune!!... Anger!!!... Suddenly the PC temp rose to 50deg C... I am sure there is a rational explanation!... " Ermm.. Global warming?


Franklin to Kartik, no run, heave ho, outside off, and a miss. Kartik looks to whack a short, wide ball without moving the feet, and misses.


Franklin to Kartik, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Kartik stays on the crease and guides into the covers for a single.


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

Irishman on life, the universe, everything. And some cricket. "Look, I don't mind a bit of cricket when the Indians are playing. In Tests and in ODI's, they can oscillate between the good and the wild in equal measure. I can cook with spices - different sorts in the one dish - and I know what a Kshatria is (or was!). I even know what Amir Khan looks like! But seriously, c'mon: the regional boards, together with the cricketing fraternity in general, need to get some priorities in order here!"

End of over 12 (11 runs) Pune Warriors 79/5 (RR: 6.58)

    • RV Uthappa 32 (27b 4x4 1x6)
    • M Kartik 10 (11b 1x4)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-11-0
    • AN Ahmed 3-1-13-2

Malinga again.


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.

No free-hit coming this time.


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 Kartik, 1 run, Third umpire will look at this run out appeal. Slower ball from Malinga, full and on middle, Kartik makes room and steers to Pollard at point. He played it off the back foot and did not really hare across. He wasn't at full stretch when the ball came through to hit the stumps, but still made it.


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.


Malinga to Kartik, OUT, Kartik's played the poorest shot of the day. He's chipped a full ball from Malinga straight to Symonds, a few metres inside the circle at mid-on. It was full, and might have come off slower than he thought. Kartik stays back and looks to tap it over the infield. Mistake. Pune are in a soup. Malinga-tawny soup.

M Kartik c Symonds b Malinga 11 (13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.61

Ramesh: "Its not good to wake up late for a T20 as I found out. The match might be over before we blink. And I just noticed Franklin's first ball cost 8 runs. That must be a record!!"

End of over 13 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 87/6 (RR: 6.69)

    • RV Uthappa 38 (32b 5x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-1
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-11-0

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

Parnell, who is indeed playing, takes guard now.


Franklin to Parnell, 2 runs, lazy from Uthappa, but Mumbai end up conceding an extra run. Full ball on off, Parnell drives to Pollard at mid off and they go across slowly for a single. Uthappa was guilty of turning back and looking at the ball as Pollard flung it at the striker's end. He missed, Rayudu failed to collect and they get a second.


Franklin to Parnell, 1 run, yorker, angles in late on middle and off, Parnell digs it out to the off side for a single.


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.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 97/6 (RR: 6.92)

    • RV Uthappa 45 (36b 6x4 1x6)
    • WD Parnell 3 (2b)
    • JEC Franklin 2-0-21-0
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-1

Murtaza to Parnell, 1 run, the man in the Orange cap is everywhere. He dives away at short third man to stop the ball as Parnell looks to guide a wide ball outside off to third man.


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


Murtaza to Parnell, no run, tossed up on the stumps, played with the spin to the bowler


Murtaza to Parnell, 1 run, short of a length this time, worked with the turn to the leg side for one.


Murtaza to Sharma, no run, nice little armer, Rahul Sharma doesn't pick it as he gropes forward.


Murtaza to Sharma, 1 run, speared on on middle and leg, heaved through midwicket for a single. Murtaza's wily spell ends.

Yethin: "Back to the derby comparison, Pollard is our VanDeSaar."

Vin: "Who started celebrating a wicket in such fashion.. Afridi or Flintoff..?" Afridi is a little different. He just stands there with hands up, but not entirely horizontal. They are at an angle.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 100/7 (RR: 6.66)

    • R Sharma 1 (2b)
    • WD Parnell 5 (5b)
    • AG Murtaza 4-0-18-2
    • JEC Franklin 2-0-21-0

Franklin to Sharma, no run, Franklin lands this well wide outside off and Rahul looks to carve through the off side. He finds point.


Franklin to Sharma, SIX, meaty blow this. Rahul Sharma doesn't bother with footwork, he just clears enough room to free his arms by moving to the leg side and Franklin delivers a listless length ball in the slot. Rahul tonks it over wide long-on.


Franklin to Sharma, 1 run, Rahul gets a single this time as Franklin keeps it short of a length.


Franklin to Parnell, no run, Parnell can't get bat on this one as Franklin keeps it full and just outside off.


Franklin to Parnell, FOUR, he's latched onto this one. Should Franklin even be bowling? Length ball again, Parnell charges out and lofts it over mid-off for four more.


Franklin to Parnell, OUT, well, Franklin pulls one back with a little inducker that lands back of a length, comes in a touch and misses Parnell's almighty heave to the leg side.

WD Parnell b Franklin 9 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Plenty of people asking why Symmo, or Rohit Sharma aren't bowling ahead of Franklin. I find it funny how all the people sending in these comments begin them with a qualifier that goes, "Don't get me wrong, I have the greatest regard for Tendulkar, but ..."

Mrinal: "Really, what was Pollard thinking celebrating with both his hands high, like he had caught it all by himself.. doesnt he know that its a team game? (Do you think Ian Chappell would be proud of my comment?)"

Prashant: "And Sachin is Ryan Giggs for sure." Prashant and Firoz, make up your minds.

Firoz: "Sachin is our Rooney (on field)!"

End of over 16 (11 runs) Pune Warriors 111/8 (RR: 6.93)

    • R Sharma 8 (5b 1x6)
    • JEC Franklin 3-0-32-1
    • AG Murtaza 4-0-18-2

Malinga comes back on.


Malinga to Sharma, FOUR, he starts off with a near yorker outside off that Rahul Sharma stays back to, angles the blade and redirects through the covers. Expertly done.


Malinga to Sharma, 1 run, this time it is the yorker on off, Rahul gets his feet out of the way and digs it out.

Rajendra: "Then Yuvi will be Messi, for Pune."


Malinga to Wagh, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, Wagh opens his account by guiding firmly through the covers.

Sachin: "On the 'TITANIC POSE' celebration style, Afridi has his index fingers out, while Flintoff has his complete palm open. Hence, Polly did a Flintoff. Cricinfo is correct as always!" Yes, we are.


Malinga to Wagh, OUT, 131 kph. Not a slower ball normally. But when Malinga bowls it, it sure is a slower ball. Full and on the pads, Wagh was into the chip very early and tamely scooped it to midwicket. Easy as they come.

SB Wagh c Symonds b Malinga 2 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Hakim: ""MUNAF PATEL is our BERBATOV .. lazy in the field but always does sumthing gud"

Vidyasagar: "Sachin and Giggs make for a perfect comparision. Both have been playing for two decades now. Both have adapted their game to make the most of the time spent in the middle. Both are the most loved players of not only their teams, but also amongst the most respected. And both are humble gentlemen!"

Thomas is the new man in. 20 balls to play out.


Malinga to Thomas, no run, fullish ball on off, played backward of point.


Malinga to Thomas, no run, fast and furious, but not so full. Thomas does well to cover the line and defend.

Paurush: "Ganguly - would be Maradona ? thinking he can still play!"

End of over 17 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 118/9 (RR: 6.94)

    • AC Thomas 0 (2b)
    • R Sharma 13 (7b 1x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-28-2
    • JEC Franklin 3-0-32-1

Munaf comes on for another spell.


Patel to Sharma, no run, starts off with a length ball wide outside off, Rahul tries to slam it down the ground but misses. Munaf stands mid-pitch, with hands on his hips, like a tired old man, and smiles.


Patel to Sharma, OUT, Pune are bowled out with many overs to spare. Munaf again keeps it outside off, Rahul carves it in the air, and Murtaza at deep point runs in to pouch it. So far, a very one-sided derby game this.

R Sharma c Murtaza b Patel 13 (9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 144.44

Amit: "Enough with the comparison...Its cricinfo not footinfo" On that note, over to the chase.

Rajan: "Joel Garner would be Peter Crouch - for the height & deadly effective!"

Myapps: "Gary Linekar would be Sunny Gavaskar both have tremendous record to back them now they are pundits of their respective game...come legends"

Abhi: "Which footballer can spin the football like Muralitharan? Beat That!"

Kishan: "Cameron White is Fernando Torres, couldn't score big in a month of Sunday's"

Vishal: "Loving this cricket to football comparison, but still wondering who would Sir Alex Ferguson be?" Any suggestions? I'd go with Vijay Mallya ;-)

Ashfaq: "Rayudu would be Chicharito (Javier Hernandez). Lethal is small doses!"

Nithesh: "Sreesanth is Michael jakson.Both dance well.. What u said? MJ doesn't know football.. Well, Sreesanth doesn't know..or no ..never mind!" Haha!

Kamal: "Sreesanth will be Rene Higuita: Clumsy but entertaining! "

Sai: "Virat is Cristiano Ronaldo .. lots of talent and attitude"

Vin: "And Sreesanth would be... thinking no one has found a equivalent footballer to him. Close comes is Materazzi." Haha! Both, World Cup winners too.

Basith: "Paurush , your wrong ... Ganguly for David Beckham!" Bend it like Beckham, smash it like Saurav!

Nimesh: "Sanga and Mahela ..... Iniesta and Xavi ??"

PG: "Can you think of a cricketer who matches Torres's qualities. Expensive but useless." So far, in this IPL, that's got to be Irfan Pathan.

Aakash: "Jammy would have to be Zizou (Zinedine Zidane) !! They both function in the background (Jammy keeps turning the strike to the hitter, Zizou sends in inch perfect crosses to the scorers) and well, they are both my favourite sports icons too :)" However, I don't think Dravid would headbutt someone. Ever.

Ankush: "Dhoni would be Jose Mourinho...the chosen one.."

Naveen: "You can not compare Sachin with Giggs or any other Man U player. You can compare him only with Pele or Maradona."

rKarthik: "My uncle, who is 56, has the same bowling style as Munaf." Is he a footballer as well?

Karan: "Ex- Southafrican Andre Nel can only be matched by Gatusso of AC Milan"

Faw: "Then obviously Rohit is our Nani, very skillful and could be very annoying for lack of application!"

Pune have folded up, but our cricketer-footballer comparisons haven't!

Nav: "Shewag is DROGBAAA"






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