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

Recharged Warriors run into sizzling Mumbai


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


"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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  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2013, 10:04 GMT

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

  • Sajitha 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • vas 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Mayan 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??

  • Dummy4 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

  • joel 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.

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