Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors India, IPL 2012, Mumbai April 6, 2012

Dinda and Pune spinners upset Mumbai


Pune Warriors India 129 for 9 (Smith 39, Malinga 2-16) beat Mumbai Indians 100 for 9 (Dinda 4-17) by 29 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The owners of Pune Warriors India, who had threatened to pull out of the IPL because they felt disadvantaged by the tournament's rules, watched their team cause an upset at a packed Wankhede Stadium, where they defended a modest total against one of the tournament favourites, Mumbai Indians. The Warriors' spinners - of left-arm, offspin and legbreak variety - masterminded by new captain Sourav Ganguly, thrived on a generous pitch, while Ashok Dinda offered substantial pace support.

The result was a surprise because Mumbai Indians had restricted Warriors to 129 for 9, especially after their batsmen chased successfully with ease on opening night in Chennai. However, Mumbai Indians were without Sachin Tendulkar, who was nursing a bruised hand, and the instability at the top of the order resulted in a flurry of wickets that damaged the chase irrevocably.

The Warriors began to control the game as early as the second ball of the chase, when Murali Kartik spun one past the outside edge of the advancing Richard Levi, the Man of the Match against Super Kings for scoring a half-century. Ganguly used Kartik in two more one-over spells, and in his second he took out Dinesh Karthik, who was well set on 32.

With Tendulkar missing and Levi out for a duck, Mumbai Indians's position got worse in the second over, when two slashes against Dinda resulted in edges that accounted for Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma. The hosts were floundering at 5 for 3. Dinda was to return late in the game to take two more wickets: those of James Franklin, who consumed 42 balls to score 32, and the captain Harbhajan Singh for 16 in the final over.

Franklin and Karthik had steadied the innings after the early wobble but they were unable to score rapidly against the offspin of Marlon Samuels and legspin of Rahul Sharma. Wickets did not fall but the asking-rate rose. Sharma's first ball was a long-hop which Karthik pulled for four, but he still finished with 1-16 in four overs. His only wicket came off the final ball of his spell and it ended the game as a contest. Kieron Pollard was bowled by a quicker ball, and the equation of 53 off 24 balls was 29 too many for Mumbai Indians to get.

That the Warriors had a score they could hope to defend was down to contributions from Robin Uthappa and Steven Smith, who was Man of the Match for his breezy 39 during the death overs. They began their partnership of 44 after Warriors had been reduced to 47 for 4 in the ninth over. Uthappa had begun steadily, scoring at a run a ball, and had only started to accelerate when he skied a return catch to Pollard. Smith, however, stayed until the final over, using his unorthodox style to find gaps in the field. Munaf Patel gave Smith an angry send-off when he was dismissed in the final over, with the score on 128 for 8, but the batsman had the final laugh.

Mumbai Indians, however, had been impressive with the ball and in the field. Lasith Malinga bowled a dangerous spell full of yorkers, and was supported by Harbhajan and Munaf, who maintained pressure on the Warriors batsmen. And Pragyan Ojha spun his left-arm orthodox significantly, often beating the right-handers by several inches. Their fielding was exceptional, with Pollard and Rayudu patrolling the boundary to prevent Callum Ferguson from breaking free, and Rohit dismissing him with a direct hit when one stump was visible from point. At the half-way stage, Mumbai Indians were favourites, but their batsmen collapsed to underline just how unpredictable this format can be.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Varun on April 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Great captaincy from Dada as usual. Clinical effort from Pune; they thoroughly deserved the win. They should include Tamim Iqbal in the next game though, he will be the anchor of their batting lineup. Mumbai is a slightly fragile batting unit without Tendulkar at the top. This shows how important the master batsman is! His team will no doubt be praying for his quick recovery! Rohit Sharma's repeated failures are getting annoying and he must really step up and take some responsibility. He is the mainstay of the MI middle order. Rayudu is inexperienced and Pollard is a bit unstable in these conditions, so Rohit will have to rise to the occasion. James Franklin deserves some criticism as he was settled at the crease but couldn't accelerate; his innings was too slow even by ODI standards. MI's bowlers performed well though, as usual.

  • Rajeev on April 8, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    DADA ignited the approach for the inclusion of captain,he knows when n how to use his players for the best results and he knows diz very well!!!

  • Rajeev on April 8, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    @bangladeshi fans: guyz chill, Tamim & Shakibal will get their chances when there is actual need of them in their respective teams. For ur information- KKR left Shakib becoz McCullum is WK and explosive batsman and no 1 can doubt abt Kallis, they needed their bowling department to be strong dats y Gauti opted Lee with De lange both quickers..n they can choose only 4 foriegners... In the case of Tamim, DADA gone with strategy knowing the troubles of Levi n Pollard, both explosives, against he opted to have different combinations of spin (wankhede has skiddy and turning pitch with good bounce) he opted samuels and smith (both spin all-rounders) to have the variety with karthik n sharma. parnell was required to strengthen the pace line up. and last they needed a foreign batsman might b they have chosen Tamim but the ferguson as middle order batsman got the approval for final XI..may be next tym u guyz can see Tamim in Final XI...

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    For example, poor knowledge of Indian cricket, Shakib and Tamim carrying. There are two world-class players in side bench for extra players. May be Indians are compounding the defeat in Asia cup by the the dirty way.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    There is still a very low level of knowledge of Indian cricket. Let the light of day as it is versus the truth. they don't know how to use Tamim & Shakib such a couple of very good players. that's why they out from Asia cup at group stage. everyone knows Shakib is the best player in the ODI ranking! but rubbish Kolkata Knight didn't give him a chance. And Tamim is one of the best attacking player in world cricket.May be compounding one defeat, the dirty way. Shame! Shame! Shame!

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    thats why get out from asia cup, at first round, because they are millionere

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    thats why get out from asia cup, at first round, because they are millionere

  • solomon on April 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    @xylo.Bro. dhoni is best Indian cricket team captain. But gangully best captain in Indian cricket.

  • srikanta on April 7, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    @BPL guy - Why does indian players even bother about BPL? even average indian players like S.Tiwary, Vinay kumar, R jadeja are millionares, they have a contract which is greater than the sum of a BPL teams 11 players income.Then how can you think of sachin or sehwag?

  • surya on April 7, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Why this franklin is playing for mumbai its better to play with 3 foreigner for him. Why mitchelle johnson not even coming for practice.

  • No featured comments at the moment.