Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 12, 2013

Recharged Warriors run into sizzling Mumbai

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Match facts

Saturday, April 13, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

One of the biggest mysteries of the IPL is how did Pune Warriors manage to lose 11 games on the trot with such an impressive squad. Probably on par in mysteriousness is how Mumbai Indians have not been able to win a single IPL title with some of the biggest names on their rosters, both playing and non-playing. While Mumbai Indians have made it to the knockouts for the previous three seasons before stumbling, Warriors' string of defeats - an IPL record - had become self-perpetuating in a way.

Match after match, their top order would look like it would rather be somewhere else. There was no intent, there was no attempt to take on the opposition. There was a strange hesitation, as if they were waiting for someone else to take charge, and no one was actually doing it. It took a frank call from their captain Angelo Mathews to evaluate their "intent and attitude", and an injury to Marlon Samuels, to finally wake up the sleeping Warriors.

Aaron Finch came in to partner Robin Uthappa at the top of the order. It wasn't just the fact that the pair added 58 inside five overs against Rajasthan Royals to get rid of the losing streak. It was the way they went about doing it that showed Warriors were serious about discarding their diffidence.

Warriors are up against a side which, in its previous game against Delhi Daredevils, recovered from 1 for 2 to make 209 for 5. The first two wickets were those of Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar. Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma's response was to blitz 132 in 13 overs. It shows what this Mumbai Indians side is capable of doing.

Players to watch

The opening partnership has been a constant headache for Mumbai Indians for a couple of seasons. The one between Ponting and Tendulkar began with much expectation but has had a couple of failures. While a chance to see the two legends walk out together is enough to fill the ground, how many games will Ponting give himself before dropping down the order, given Mumbai Indians were so keen to chop and change previous season?

The Robin Uthappa of old was on display against Royals, swatting length deliveries over long on, swinging powerfully over deep square leg and also purposefully punching through the off side. He made more than 400 runs in IPL 2012, but the strike-rate of 118 mirrored the hesitation that marked Warriors' approach. Mathews would want more of the intent Uthappa displayed against Sreesanth.

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai Indians won their previous meeting with Warriors by one run, only the fourth-such result in the IPL
  • Sachin Tendulkar has taken the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in an IPL game - four

Quotes

"We have a good side and it takes a while to gel, since we have a new captain, and a lot has changed for us this year - Angelo is the captain, Yuvi Paaji is back and Ross Taylor's in the side."
Pune Warriors' Rahul Sharma

"I do not get worried too much with a few failures. This is a format where you need a little bit of time to get into the groove and then score freely. This is my style of playing, this is the way I play and I am glad that I have got some runs."
Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    well this game has been sachin's and he did a good job to score this important 44 just like in ipl 2010 where sachin failed in first 3 games and then went on to score 618 runs second best in a ipl season

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Today Sachin and Ponting should play well to tell his fans they can do it still..

  • Sajitha_Thoma on April 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Looks like it was a strategy that went against MI. Bidding high, raising competition + interest but they couldn't let go of Maxwell as they had raised it beyond others' reach. #Well Max

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Hope G maxwell doesnt get a match today as well. if he doesnt play a single match he will be the luckiest person on earth.

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well said Mayan Glen Maxwell the highest bid if this year has not played a single match this year just waste of money.

  • ladycricfan on April 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Pune has a good Indian line up. Foreigners: Finch, Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, SSmith. If Pune shows the same spirit as their last match against RR, they have a good chance of beating MI. If Tendulkar or Ponting bat slowly don't get them out, hahaha.

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I dnt understand Pune Warriors Stratergy of keeping Steve Smith who is in Form and sitting outside the team really i feel its a bad decission.

  • Mayan820 on April 13, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I would love to know why the Mumbai Indian management would spend a fortune purchasing a player like G. Maxwell and after 3 games he has not played yet. If I am not mistaken the latter was the most expensive player of IPL season 6. What crazyness is this??

  • on April 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    they should play LUKE WRIGHT and STEVEN SMITH in place of mitchell marrsh and ross taylor..... parvej rasool should be given a chance....

    XI For PWI- [1A.]Finch [2]Robin [3]Luke W. [4]Yuvraj S. [5]A.Mathews [6]S.Smith [7] Nayar [8] P. Rasool [9]B Kumar [10]Dinda [11]Rahul Sharma

  • riverlime on April 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Sachin should bat at 4 as he has done his whole life, shoring up the middle order, and remaining not out till the end. Right now, when he gets out, the team has to restart the innings. That's not fair to the current 3 and 4 batsmen.

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    well this game has been sachin's and he did a good job to score this important 44 just like in ipl 2010 where sachin failed in first 3 games and then went on to score 618 runs second best in a ipl season

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Today Sachin and Ponting should play well to tell his fans they can do it still..

  • Sajitha_Thoma on April 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Looks like it was a strategy that went against MI. Bidding high, raising competition + interest but they couldn't let go of Maxwell as they had raised it beyond others' reach. #Well Max

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Hope G maxwell doesnt get a match today as well. if he doesnt play a single match he will be the luckiest person on earth.

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Well said Mayan Glen Maxwell the highest bid if this year has not played a single match this year just waste of money.

  • ladycricfan on April 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Pune has a good Indian line up. Foreigners: Finch, Mathews, Ajantha Mendis, SSmith. If Pune shows the same spirit as their last match against RR, they have a good chance of beating MI. If Tendulkar or Ponting bat slowly don't get them out, hahaha.

  • on April 13, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    I dnt understand Pune Warriors Stratergy of keeping Steve Smith who is in Form and sitting outside the team really i feel its a bad decission.

  • Mayan820 on April 13, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I would love to know why the Mumbai Indian management would spend a fortune purchasing a player like G. Maxwell and after 3 games he has not played yet. If I am not mistaken the latter was the most expensive player of IPL season 6. What crazyness is this??

  • on April 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    they should play LUKE WRIGHT and STEVEN SMITH in place of mitchell marrsh and ross taylor..... parvej rasool should be given a chance....

    XI For PWI- [1A.]Finch [2]Robin [3]Luke W. [4]Yuvraj S. [5]A.Mathews [6]S.Smith [7] Nayar [8] P. Rasool [9]B Kumar [10]Dinda [11]Rahul Sharma

  • riverlime on April 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Sachin should bat at 4 as he has done his whole life, shoring up the middle order, and remaining not out till the end. Right now, when he gets out, the team has to restart the innings. That's not fair to the current 3 and 4 batsmen.

  • SL_rockz on April 13, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I believe it will be a close contest than what points table speaks.. PWI has a strong and good middle order batting but they didinot quite found their rhythm over the past 2 games.But now with the win over RR who was top of the table will make MI think strongly about their opposition and what capacities they hold together.My teams will be PWI;- 1. Uthappa 2.Finch 3.Luke wright 4.Mathews 5.Yuvi 6.Suman 7.Nayar 8.Kumar 9.Dinda 10.Mendis 11.Rahul

    luke should be given a chance coz PwI needs to score more runs to counter attack MI coz MI are a side who can score 160 runs easily and if u look at the way they rebulid last time PWI should be ready for a high scoring game .So it is good to include a well top order batsmen in case Finch or uthappa fails.Luke is better attacker than ross.I choose mendis over smith is coz of the gut feeling that pollard and some bigger hitters will fail if medis got going .t will b huge if they remove pollard or karthik early.

  • RaghavMB on April 13, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Luke Wright should replace Ross Taylor and Steven Smith should replace Mitchell Marsh. Both Wright and Smith bowls and bats. Dinda bowls well in one match and give numerous runs in the rest of the matches. It would be better if he would be replaced by any other fast Indian bowler. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar is in real trouble if he doesn't bowl well today.

    Until Sachin is batting, I am a Mumbai Indian fan, then I will be Pune Fan.

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 13, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    My XI For PWI-[1]Finch[2]Robin[3]Luke[4]Yuvraj[5]Mathews[6]Smith[7]Suman[8]Nayar[9]B Kumar[10]Dinda[11]Rahul or [1]Finch[2]Robin[3]luke[4]Yuvraj[5]Mathews[6]Nayar[7]Suman[8]B Kumar[9]Dinda[10]Rahul[11]Mendis,at bench-Ross,Marlon,Marsh.And Will We Can See Malinga vs Marlon Battle?

  • on April 13, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    luke wright one of the finest of t20 he score 3131 run 68 wicket he play very much all over the world but he not find place in pwi its realy starnge. my xi.1.wright2.finch.3taylor.4yuvi.5uthaapa.6mathews.7suman.8nayar.9.bhuvi.10.rahul.11.dinda.

  • beggars on April 13, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Luke Wright is just a slogger. Get someone like Steve Smith in. I am surprised they have not used him yet. Rahul being a leg spinner must have forced them to make Smith sit out. He is a too gooder player to sit out!

  • .GaMeOvEr. on April 13, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Steven Smith should be included in team. he was in good form in tests against India and he is a natural hitter. so i dont get why Pune isnt giving him a chance. Use him when he is still in touch. and i think Ponting should 1down and let karthik open with sachin. that was sachin and ponting both dont have to change their stlyes and feel pressure about hitting big shots

  • sweet2hrme on April 13, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Mumbai is a gud side so as pune. So it will going tough 4 mumbai to beat pune. As we hv seen mumbai openers Sachin and Ponting doing nothing. So it is a big question will mumbai openers make some runs if yes than what pace?? becoz either they fail completely or play very slowly almost 7-8 ovs for 40-45 runs usally waisting power play. So It will intesting match...

  • Vaskur79 on April 13, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    For Me Today's 4 Foreign Player Are : A Finch, A Mendis, L Wright N Steven Smith.

    The Captain Will Be Yuvraj Singh.

    Go Pune Go ...... It's Time To Fire On.

  • ashutosh2310 on April 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    best squad for pune-luke wright replace mithell marsh

  • Albert_cambell on April 12, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    pune need to make sure that sachin bats for atleast 40 balls. Then they will win it easily.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 12, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Lets see milliondollar boy (maxwell) get a game or will he be a tamim iqbal and not get a game all season.... I saw pontings T20i stats and they are impressive, I think he got 95 in the first ever T20i match. However he is just using up an overseas slot...

  • fah4 on April 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    A good contest in making specially if Yuvi find his touch. Expecting a close game. all the best to both the Teams

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    All the best PWI .... the playing xi should be.. Finch(Bat) , Uthappa(WK) , Steve Smith (Allrounder),Yuvraj Singh (Allrounder), Mitchell Marsh (Allrounder), Abhishek Nayar(Allrounder) ,Angelo Mathews(Allrounder) , Parvez Rasool (Allrounder),Shrikant Wagh(bowler) , Bhuvneshwar Kumar (bowler) ,Rahul Sharma (Bowler)

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Give me skillful and awesum play over just hard hitting anyday...

  • SG_Styles on April 12, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    This is d game I'd neva like to miss as both these cities are part f ma life.! Talking abt d PWI, I think Smith shud b given a chance in d XI. He ws d most (n only)impressive performer for d warriors last season. Wid d attacking bt sensible strokeplay, he also brings in d supremacy in d field. Rasool shud b in for Suman as a turner is better than a decent batter in d squad f flashy strokemakers. My XI : Uthappa, Finch, Samuels/Taylor, Yuvi, Smith, Matthews, Nayar, Rasool, Bhuvi, Rahul n Dinda. MI shuda stick to d same XI, wid Ponting @3 n DK or D.Smith (if swapped for MJ) to open wid SRT.

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    All the best to MI. Specially to Rohit Sharma. Need to be consistant. Only consistancy will help him to boost his place in Indian final 15 for Champions Trophy. He should be there. Again and again I am remembering his skoop shot against mighty Morkel in last match against DD. Simply superb........ Needs to be consistant. All the best Rohit.

  • JackTrez on April 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Samuels has to play if he's fit!

  • ThyrSaadam on April 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    MI need their batting (i.e. other than DK) to really fire. Yuvi is slowly showing signs of getting into groove, and his bowling in Mumbai pitch could also play an important role. Hoping for a close contest...

  • GAURAV26 on April 12, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Mumbai give a game to maxwell.

  • on April 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I hope marlon samuels is feeling better because he is the only batsman in pune warriors side that can handle malinga. This is not Australia where the tracks are bouncy and fast so that would be a great contest to see again. no batsman in the Puny side is classier than Marlon i must add he is also a big hitter and he bowls well... Give me marlon over ross taylor , matthews r smith r finch any day.

  • phunny_game on April 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    On paper it looks like an enticing contest, but its a test of PWI if they can continue the good work. Also the overseas combination would require some flexing of the nerves. Smith and Wright are the best bets for the Warriors. Finch did well to keep his place for atleast 5 games. Taylor is probably difficult to leave out on reputation. Their best XI should be: Finch, Uthappa, Wright, Yuvraj, Mathews, Suman, Nayar, Bhuvanesh, Rahul Sharma, Mendis, Dinda.

    Smith deserves a place but since Finch and Mathews are certain to play...

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 12, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    steven smith should replce taylor. Hope PWI will win and keep mumbai at same level with other teams, makes point table more open.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I expect Pune to bring in a specialist spinner. Either drop Marsh to bring in Ajantha Mendis or drop Suman to bring in Pervez Rasool. Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj have been bowling very well in the middle overs and another spinner could only make matters worse for Mumbai. Pune Warriors beat Mumbai in one game and lost the second game by just one run last season (and that was with a weaker team), so it's a lot closer between the two sides than some might think. Both teams' fans will be hoping that Pondulkar play as many overs as they can - Mumbai's fans because they get to see two great legends of the sport playing together, and Pune's fans because they know that Pondulkar score runs at a snail's pace.

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  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 12, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    I expect Pune to bring in a specialist spinner. Either drop Marsh to bring in Ajantha Mendis or drop Suman to bring in Pervez Rasool. Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj have been bowling very well in the middle overs and another spinner could only make matters worse for Mumbai. Pune Warriors beat Mumbai in one game and lost the second game by just one run last season (and that was with a weaker team), so it's a lot closer between the two sides than some might think. Both teams' fans will be hoping that Pondulkar play as many overs as they can - Mumbai's fans because they get to see two great legends of the sport playing together, and Pune's fans because they know that Pondulkar score runs at a snail's pace.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 12, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    steven smith should replce taylor. Hope PWI will win and keep mumbai at same level with other teams, makes point table more open.

  • phunny_game on April 12, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    On paper it looks like an enticing contest, but its a test of PWI if they can continue the good work. Also the overseas combination would require some flexing of the nerves. Smith and Wright are the best bets for the Warriors. Finch did well to keep his place for atleast 5 games. Taylor is probably difficult to leave out on reputation. Their best XI should be: Finch, Uthappa, Wright, Yuvraj, Mathews, Suman, Nayar, Bhuvanesh, Rahul Sharma, Mendis, Dinda.

    Smith deserves a place but since Finch and Mathews are certain to play...

  • on April 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    I hope marlon samuels is feeling better because he is the only batsman in pune warriors side that can handle malinga. This is not Australia where the tracks are bouncy and fast so that would be a great contest to see again. no batsman in the Puny side is classier than Marlon i must add he is also a big hitter and he bowls well... Give me marlon over ross taylor , matthews r smith r finch any day.

  • GAURAV26 on April 12, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Mumbai give a game to maxwell.

  • ThyrSaadam on April 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    MI need their batting (i.e. other than DK) to really fire. Yuvi is slowly showing signs of getting into groove, and his bowling in Mumbai pitch could also play an important role. Hoping for a close contest...

  • JackTrez on April 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Samuels has to play if he's fit!

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    All the best to MI. Specially to Rohit Sharma. Need to be consistant. Only consistancy will help him to boost his place in Indian final 15 for Champions Trophy. He should be there. Again and again I am remembering his skoop shot against mighty Morkel in last match against DD. Simply superb........ Needs to be consistant. All the best Rohit.

  • SG_Styles on April 12, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    This is d game I'd neva like to miss as both these cities are part f ma life.! Talking abt d PWI, I think Smith shud b given a chance in d XI. He ws d most (n only)impressive performer for d warriors last season. Wid d attacking bt sensible strokeplay, he also brings in d supremacy in d field. Rasool shud b in for Suman as a turner is better than a decent batter in d squad f flashy strokemakers. My XI : Uthappa, Finch, Samuels/Taylor, Yuvi, Smith, Matthews, Nayar, Rasool, Bhuvi, Rahul n Dinda. MI shuda stick to d same XI, wid Ponting @3 n DK or D.Smith (if swapped for MJ) to open wid SRT.

  • on April 12, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Give me skillful and awesum play over just hard hitting anyday...