Pune v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Pune May 11, 2013

Mumbai go No. 2 by trampling Warriors


Mumbai Indians 116 for 5 (Rohit 37) beat Pune Warriors 112 for 9 (Yuvraj 33, Johnson 2-8) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A subdued start and sorry finish to Pune Warriors' innings set the scene for their 12th loss in 14 matches this season, as Mumbai Indians sauntered to second place on the table with a five-wicket win. Having chosen to bat, Warriors never really spurred their innings towards an acceptable run rate, and although they were building towards a platform from which they could launch, a cluster of dismissals heralded a woeful end to their innings. They managed just 34 off their last eight overs and ended on 112 for 8.

The slow pitch made Mumbai's chase a touch tougher than it ought to have been, but despite losing Dwayne Smith first ball, they were never really challenged. Rohit Sharma made 37, and his 54-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu effectively secured victory, which was achieved with seven balls remaining. Their net run-rate put them above Rajasthan Royals, and the middling teams will struggle to deprive them of a playoffs spot.

Having been on 84 for 2 at one stage, Warriors seemed a side that had forgotten how to win, as they were derailed in a six-ball period that yielded three wickets. Manish Pandey hit a Lasith Malinga full toss straight to deep midwicket, before Angelo Mathews fell, responding to Yuvraj Singh's poor call in the next over, before Yuvraj himself was caught in front by Harbhajan Singh. The running between the wickets was ordinary, and had the Mumbai fielders hit the stumps half as often as their fielding coach Jonty Rhodes did in his career, Warriors might have struggled to make 90.

The only period Warriors seemed capable of making a competitive total was when Yuvraj Singh was at the crease, and even he, during his 29-ball stay, could not manage a strike rate better than 114. He struck consecutive leg-side sixes off Pragyan Ojha in the 11th over, signaling an intention to shake Warriors out of their ponderous tempo, but he was out three overs later having done little else, and stunningly, those sixes were the last boundaries hit in the hosts' innings. The Mumbai death-bowling was tight, rather than extraordinary, and the pitch was a little difficult, but the Warriors batsmen never adjusted to the pace of the surface and swing after swing, they continued to mistime their shots into the deep, or miss the ball completely. Mitchell Johnson finished with the best figures in the match, having taken two wickets for eight runs in his four overs. 

Ashok Dinda, who was among five changes to the Warriors side, bowled a peach to uproot Dwayne Smith's off stump first ball, but with so few to chase, Mumbai could afford to regroup safely. Ajantha Mendis was the best of Warriors' bowlers, taking 1 for 15 from his full quota, but no one was able to deliver the spell that would cause a serious scare in the opposition dugout.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    need to give punter a chance

  • Nadeera on May 12, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    @cricket-is-best:Bad try mate.Because Samuels injured and Ross isn't available because he is going to ready for England tour.

  • Kris on May 12, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    PW somehow manage to lose every time. Their captain is so clueless; he habitually turns to the most vulnerable bowler for the last few overs, leaving a decent bowler under-bowled in the process. Perhaps their head coach's role in choking at SF of WC 99 and thereby tagging the chokers' title to his country is a bit more than a matter of bad luck. BTW, MOM awards need to be a little more consistent; MJ had deserved it in the previous match too.

  • srinivasan on May 12, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    It is time to fire the all the players from the squad..Bring the committed players who can give their 100% commitment to the sport. Yuvraj -...no commitment..thank god he is not part of the CT 13...

  • Prem on May 12, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Mumbai have improved since they got rid of the "has-been" Ricky Ponting. Mumbai will do even better if they get rid of the other two "have-beens" Tendulkar and Harbhajan.

  • beverly on May 12, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    I'm baffled too, as to how some people find it hard to be given the Man-of-the-Match (MOM) award that they rightly deserve, while others just have to turn up to the match and do little, then suddenly everybody hears their name as MOM! Eg: Last MI vs KKR game, Johnson bowled 4 overs and took 2 wickets for13 runs, Harbhijan took 3 for 27, on an excellent MI batting wicket where all their batsmen almost made the same individual scores. Yet, neither Harbhijan (who is trying to make India team again) nor Johnson who bowled extremely well got the MOM which either richly deserved! Instead a consolation award was given to another player, whom it appears would never otherwise be in the reckoning for a MOM this season! Today, Rohit Sharma came to the wicket with his team precariously placed at 25 runs for 2 wickets on a difficult Pune wicket and steered his team to total safety, getting out when they needed just one run for victory. But he was not the MOM - Johnson got it! Isn't that baffling?

  • Merv on May 11, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    This comp goes on forever. All the really good players are in English County cricket or at home getting ready for the test season. I guess we now have two levels of cricketers and two types of players.

  • Prashant on May 11, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    Time to give Punter another chance and drop Smith for the next game.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    pune oh lord have mercy!the team is in need of some dose of good charm along with luck it's like the ipl teams against a school team ouch hurting for them!

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    I still dont know why Finch didn't give the ball to Parvez Rasool. He could have been handy, in fact more than that. He is a very nice spin bowler and he just bowled a SINGLE over today. He can also bat up the order as he is a very nice allrounder. Finch should learn from his mistakes and should have faith in the Kashmiri youngster.

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