Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Mumbai

Rohit sets target, Johnson kills chase

The Report by Sidharth Monga

April 13, 2013

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Mumbai Indians 183 for 3 (Rohit Sharma 62*, Tendulkar 44, Karthik 41) beat Pune Warriors 142 for 8 (Johnson 3-33) by 41 runs
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Rohit Sharma plays a shot during his knock of 62, Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Mumbai, April 13, 2013
Rohit Sharma scored 47 off the last 15 balls he faced © BCCI
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Even as Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar take their time to bed in as an opening combination, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik carried Mumbai Indians to their third win in four games and the top of the table.

Tendulkar finally arrived, in particular with four consecutive boundaries off Ashok Dinda, but the openers fell in quick succession, and it needed a flourish of 65 runs in the last four overs for Mumbai to feel comfortable with the target. Dinda was the victim again as he equalled the most expensive IPL figures by going for 63 runs in his four overs. Mitchell Johnson, then, did the exact opposite by swinging his way through the Pune Warriors top order, which all but sealed the win.

With a mix of swagger and desperation, Tendulkar finally got going with his 44 off 29, but Ponting continued to struggle and finished with yet another effort at under a run a ball, taking his tournament tally to 48 at an average of 12 and a strike rate of 73. Around him, though, Tendulkar caused mayhem, especially with Dinda, one of the five bowlers used in the first five overs.

Left-arm spin, though, worked for Pune: Aaron Finch began the innings with a three-run over, and Yuvraj Singh got Ponting first ball when introduced in the eighth over. Finch accounted for Tendulkar, who holed out at long-on, in the next over, and Mumbai were 60 for 2 in the ninth. They now needed a bit of rebuilding, which Karthik and Rohit did, but without sacrificing the scoring rate.

Karthik equalled the highest run-getter of the tournament with a pulled four off Yuvraj in the 12th over, and then claimed the orange cap with an inside-out four next ball. However, just when the two looked set for the final flourish with a 55-run stand, Karthik fell to the first ball after the second timeout. Mitchell Marsh, introduced just then, came up with the perfect offcutter first up.

Rohit, just 15 off 16 then, was ready to strike, and Kieron Pollard was the perfect foil. It was Dinda who let them off the hook decisively with a gentle length ball in the 17th over. Rohit smacked it over long-off, and the flood gates opened. The next one was a slower no-ball, and it sailed over long-on. In the next over, Marsh got the treatment: a four and a six from Pollard, followed by a four and a six from Rohit.

Angelo Mathews bowled a fine 19th over, for just nine runs, but handed the ball over to Dinda for the 20th, and Rohit feasted with yet another brace of sixes. The first of those brought up his fifty; in all he looted 47 off the last 15 balls he played. Still, on a flat pitch with short boundaries, this was not a safe total. Mumbai could do with a bit of Johnson.

And Johnson it was then with a fast, full, spearing delivery to knock Finch's middle stump back first ball. In his next over, he demolished Robin Uthappa's off stump. In between the two events, Uthappa had run Ross Taylor out. At 13 for 3 in the third over, there was too much left for the rest to do.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 15, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

what an innings form rohit. so easy on eyes. i am a big fan of sachin & always admired his elegance in stroke play. though dravid & co were there, sachin stood out purely for his elegance & penache stroke play. in current crop of players, i think rohit matches sachin stroke for stroke. sad ! he has not made his mark in international cricket. all he needs is good guidance & he will be on his way 2 stardom. I thought what would i watch after sachin retires. now i'll look forward 2 rohit sharma. hope he does'nt dissapoint.

Posted by Naresh28 on (April 15, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

@anand palwankar - quite right about ROHIT. I am a big fan of his. This guy has the talent if everyone remembers the last IPL when he hit a century. With the proper guidance this guy could be our match winner for years to come. Another Tendulkar. I dont see why he could not make it in all three formats.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

Don't understand what Angelo Mathews has done to deserve captaincy. Samuels should be in the team.

Also, although I support MI, their team is a bit unfair: they've just stacked it with international stars. Obviously, they're going to dominate.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (April 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Mathews is such a waste. Can't bat, can't bowl, horrible as a captain. Under-performing captains like Ponting and Gilchrist merit a place in their respective teams due to their leadership skills but Mathews is just a bits and pieces cricketer with zero cricketing brain. Match-winners like Samuels and Wright have to sit out because of this overrated cricketer. Hilarious to imagine him becoming the next SL captain.

Posted by rubandeva on (April 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

yuvi must accept captaincy

Posted by JG2704 on (April 14, 2013, 9:32 GMT)

@ BRUTALANALYST on (April 13, 2013, 23:15 GMT) To be fair Marsh hasn't done too bad from what I've seen of him. The 2 games I saw he was unluckily run out after getting off to a flyer and then scored a quick 40. Re Taylor - I think he is indicative of the prob with many IPL franchises in that he's picked because of what he's done in past T20s/ODIs rather than what he's doing now. I also wonder about the sense of making an overseas player captain - unless he's indespensible - because surely Matthews place would be questioned at this stage but I guess him being captain makes it harder I'm surprised Maxwell was brought for such an amount and then not played if he's not injured. Forgive my ignorance but do different Franchises have different budgets to play with? Either way , I saw Oram played in the 1st game - surely if GM is worth $1m he has to play ahead of Oram

Posted by Lakpj on (April 14, 2013, 7:21 GMT)

More than anything else captaincy cost the game for warriors. You had Yuvraj, Finch and Buwaneshwar bowling 6 overs for not more than 40 runs and taking 2 wickets. On the other hand Dinda went for over 60 in 4 overs. Any of the bowlers that mentioned above would not have done worse at the death to what Dinda did. If the SL selectors need any proof to convince themselves that Mathews is not the best person for the Captaincy this is the tournament to watch.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Angelo Mathews is the worst thing to happen for PWI. It was clear from Dinda's first two overs that he was being hit for plenty of runs. Still Angelo continued with him in death overs and PWI paid heavy price for this. Dinda's 4 overs cost 63 runs and that made a huge difference to MI's total which could have been lower by about 25-30 runs. The burden of scoring at more than 9 runs per over was visible immediately while PWI was bvatting.

Posted by   on (April 14, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

Great display from Rohit again. Everybody asusual started critising him when he was on 16 from 18. But I think he was sure at his game plan. 16 runs in first 18 balls and finishing 67 in 32 balls. Rohit is going strong with a new game plane. He is providing vital to Karthik first. When he is there Karthik too going fearlessly and after Karthiks departure Rohit taking entire responcibility of finisher, which is prooving nice advantage to MI too. Really it was treat to all we Mumbaikars watching Rohit and Karthik playing some extra ordinary batting display. Rohit specially on the path rightly. His body language is now showing some urgency of good batting display. He knows he is perhaps the player who is facing critics most. Even watching todays comments not a single word is written about him after even two consecutive magngnificiant innings. But he is now focusing himself rightly on his performance only which is very good to him. All the best MI & Rohit Sharma !!!

Posted by Leonb on (April 14, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Good on ya Mitch - where were those lethal swinging balls a month ago!! Looked like a different bowler to me!

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