Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Mumbai April 13, 2013

Rohit sets target, Johnson kills chase

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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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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • rubandeva on April 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    yuvi must accept captaincy

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • rubandeva on April 14, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    yuvi must accept captaincy

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 !!!

  • 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!

  • PFEL on April 14, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Mitchell Marsh is a better Batsman and a better Bowler than the Captain Angelo Matthews . . . bat him up the order! And Finch's bowling has been really impressive. Why did he only get 2 overs (1-11) and someone like Dinda get 4 (0-63)!!!

  • AMAZINGFAN on April 14, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    i think the heading shud be ROHIT SETS TARGET,JOHNSON HITS TARGET.....cricinfo pls publish

  • Nampally on April 13, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Poor Captaincy of Mathews cost PW to face a huge total of 183! That summed up the match. Dinda was allowed to bowl 4 overs - 0 for 63! Finch bowled 2 overs for 9 runs. why was he kept from completing his 4 overs instead of Dinda? Also Yuvraj bowled only 2 overs for 13 runs. Mathews also captained poorly in previous games with fielders placed in wrong spots. Of course he is not contributing either in batting or bowling. Why not drop Mathews to give PW a fighting chance to win a few games? Also what happened to the Million dollar man - Taylor? Is he worth his money in runs? Stop buying expensive foreign players who cannot produce. Also if they do not produce drop them. MI are slowly getting back into stride with contributions from SRT at high S/R. That augurs well for them. Only Ponting need to show up. They are well on their way to playoff. It was disappointingly one sided game. PW need wholesale changes.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    @JG2704 Mumbai owners are worth billions a Million is nothing, Maxwell is just back up for Pollard and added pressure for him to perform,

    2. Luke Wright is not injured they're just going with Finch opening, I agree Taylor does not look the same and I'd have Marlon and Luke in my 11 for Taylor and Marsh, and yes definitely a blessing Clarke was injured !

  • SyedAreYouDumb on April 13, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Suprised Angelo Matthews is not letting his fellow countryman, Ajantha Mendis, get a game probably because he had a poor test vs Bangladesh. For people saying where is Tamim Iqbal.... he is at Zimbabwe with Bangladesh.

  • JG2704 on April 13, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    2 points I'd like to ask the knowledgeable IPL fans if I may

    1 - Is Glenn Maxwell injured? - I presume so as I saw he was the most expensive buy in the auction but I've not seen him play yet.

    2 - Is Luke Wright injured or is he just not deemed good enough? As an Englishman I'm disappointed not to see anything of Shah , Dimitri and particularly Luke this tournament.

    When I see veterans who no longer look like they have it (like Ponting and Gilchrist) as captains I wonder why. I suppose it's also difficult to know who to leave out if Luke was to get a game.Marsh (on paper) would look the most likely but he's done ok from what I've seen. Taylor isn't firing and for me he should make way. I suppose the blessing is that Clarke got injured. Surely Finch is a much better T20 player

  • Trakkan on April 13, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @kevepre, All of "Vijay, Badrinath, Raina , Jadeja and Ashwin" were unknown names before IPL except for Raina whose place in Indian team was hanging in balance. teams like SRH, KXIP can find talents like RR got Rahane who was left out by MI. BTW, DC had lost good local players like T Suman, Venugopal rao etc. It is just that CSK was smart in auction. Can you believe MI getting MAxwell for 1.6 mn and not giving any chance.

  • cricanm on April 13, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Rohit: I scored runs and made my team win. Jadeja: Hehehe I got out and made my team win.

  • sameer111111 on April 13, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    @adam02: so you mean to say that Tamim is better than Yuvraj,Taylor, Smith or Wright? Mate, Pune may have a poor batting lineup, but not that poor.

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan was awsome in the field toady he bowled well also now waiting to see his batting a good allrounder for india in the future

  • on April 13, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    why they are including DINDA come on give chance to Parvez Rasool he is great all rounder and give chance to Tamim Iqbal they are losing due to poor player selection.

  • kevepere on April 13, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    In the end its going to be CSK,MI and RCB. IPL would be much better if the other teams also get the chance to get the Indian talents . For example CSK team has the best Inidan lineup Vijay, Badrinath, Raina , Jadeja and Ashwin. What an unfair advantage this is for teams like SRH . SRH current indian talents are the young vihari, pa reddy and aa.reddy. This is so unfair. CSK would win again i dont see anyone beating them especially in play offs. They should allow SRH , Kings Punjab and RR to have great players . KKR is also likly to the 4th position. No competition from other teams , they have some real weaknesses. DD got bowling issues with Nehra and no KP. SRH i dont know how they won 3/4 but they are yet to face kkr,mi and csk. RR got bowling issues. Kings Punjab got inconsistent lot of players. Very unfair

  • phunny_game on April 13, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Also their bowling is quite weak... They had alfonso thomas, don't know if they have relieved him, but he was a world class T20 bowler, a proven performer all over the world... Luke Wright, a utility player is not selected for some reason... Ajantha Mendis is not being given an opportunity... Even Smith is not getting a game. The whole combination is wrong just to include Taylor. Agreed, he is a world class player, but just not the best inclusion for this team, i guess...

  • phunny_game on April 13, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    Well, people are criticizing Mathews... Imagine what would have happened if Clarke was available. Everyone would have eaten him alive... The team should be given some time to find the right combination. I, and i guess everyone knows they are unlikely to make it to the top 4. But even if they can win 6-7 matches, it will be a good achievement for the team. The teams are going to be a clean slate next year anyway...

  • dhar1983 on April 13, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    overrated jumping bowler 4 overs 63 runs sets the game for mumbai....?

  • push_10dolkar on April 13, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Is Steve Smith injured or is it part of team strategy / mix etc etc...to keep him out. He was the best PWI player last season and his form in the Test series showed that he is the best available player in this team. Not to mention his fielding Ponting/Jonty -ish!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    How are International stars like Marlon Samuels Luke Wright not in the 11 ? those are 2 names that would be first in the 11 if I was selecting, crazy they're not included.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 13, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    If Mathews can bowl yorkers why cant the overhyped dinda can't bowl them.Bhuvi would been more expensive as he is a mediocre meduim pacer who can only swing the ball earlier in the first 2 overs and i am sure MI would have got 200 if he bowled the last over.(And he thought he can bounce ponting. LOL)

    The best XI (to smell victory) : A Finch, L Wright, A Mathews, S Smith,R Uthappa, T Suman, P Rasool, R Sharma, B Kumar, I Pandey

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Finally I got to see my hero... calm, composed and humble sachin

  • adam02 on April 13, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Sahara pls bring Tamim Iqbal .& made him captain of Pune & drop Mathew .Tamim is the only int quality batsman that Pune have others are middle or lower order pinch hitter no quality batsman

  • on April 13, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Seeing the batting of Karthik...One can curse..why he is born in the era of Ms dhoni...there was a time in the search of good wicketkeeper/batsman india played even club cricketer into test XI..there is a time now when we have good wicket keeper batsman like Karthik,bisla,naman ojha and none getting the chances!!

  • Winsome on April 13, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    The only one who has shown intent every time he's come out to bat is Mitchell Marsh. So either move him send him further up the order or drop him and put Smith/Wright in... and bat them further up the order. Taylor is just wasting everyone else's time.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Every side Yuvraj has played for in the IPL has failed and never clicked as a team. I don't remember him ever winning a game with the bat either, so overrated and from what I see disruptive to a teams balance always looks so angry and miserable.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @gsingh7 ; poor captaincy by Mathews? lol I say poor performance by Indian mediocre club cricketers. The worst bowling in a T20 by Dunda, worst fielding, dropping dollies by Indian players. Now you put the blame on Mathews ???

  • 09wiledw on April 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I think Mumbai and Pune prove overseas captains don't work. Always seem to upset the balance of the side, and limit selection options, unless they are a certainty in the team, which is very rare in a squad with the quality of MI. Gilchrist and Warne were two quality players when they won but the last winners have had Dhoni and Gambhir at the helm.

  • gsingh7 on April 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    poor captaincy by mathews . he is a liability. pwi will be last in ipl due to poor captaincy of angelo. sahara plz remove him and put yuvi back as captain

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Mumbai should be making 200 here , that is only gonna happen if Ponting gets out earlier he's out his depth would be much stronger side Smith or Karthik opening and Pollard place higher, so disappointing to see Pollard only facing a dozen or so balls each game.

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It seem as if Puny Warrior, sorry, Pune Warrior does not have a coach!! They cant get their team selection right, as a result, the other teams are taking advantage of them. Come on Pune, you got to have some confidence and turn mighty warrior. You cannot continue in the tournament as a team other sides practice on.

  • Htc-Android on April 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Poor bowling by dinda and Marsh. Mathews bowled an over at the death and conceded only 9 runs. But i agree he should have given an over to Bhuvaneshwar at the death.

  • priceless1 on April 13, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Dont know what Pointing doing in the team ?IPL has become sanctuary for the old and retired Aussie players

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    What are Mitchell Marsh and T Suman doing in the Pune team? They come in at 7/8 and bowl 1 over. Better play Wright/Smith and Parveez Rasool in their place. Have Pune forgotten Smith's last year's contribution? Plus he is in good form too recently.

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Hope that Ponting & Sachin Fire today

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  • on April 13, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Hope that Ponting & Sachin Fire today

  • on April 13, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    What are Mitchell Marsh and T Suman doing in the Pune team? They come in at 7/8 and bowl 1 over. Better play Wright/Smith and Parveez Rasool in their place. Have Pune forgotten Smith's last year's contribution? Plus he is in good form too recently.

  • priceless1 on April 13, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Dont know what Pointing doing in the team ?IPL has become sanctuary for the old and retired Aussie players

  • Htc-Android on April 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Poor bowling by dinda and Marsh. Mathews bowled an over at the death and conceded only 9 runs. But i agree he should have given an over to Bhuvaneshwar at the death.

  • on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It seem as if Puny Warrior, sorry, Pune Warrior does not have a coach!! They cant get their team selection right, as a result, the other teams are taking advantage of them. Come on Pune, you got to have some confidence and turn mighty warrior. You cannot continue in the tournament as a team other sides practice on.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Mumbai should be making 200 here , that is only gonna happen if Ponting gets out earlier he's out his depth would be much stronger side Smith or Karthik opening and Pollard place higher, so disappointing to see Pollard only facing a dozen or so balls each game.

  • gsingh7 on April 13, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    poor captaincy by mathews . he is a liability. pwi will be last in ipl due to poor captaincy of angelo. sahara plz remove him and put yuvi back as captain

  • 09wiledw on April 13, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    I think Mumbai and Pune prove overseas captains don't work. Always seem to upset the balance of the side, and limit selection options, unless they are a certainty in the team, which is very rare in a squad with the quality of MI. Gilchrist and Warne were two quality players when they won but the last winners have had Dhoni and Gambhir at the helm.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 13, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @gsingh7 ; poor captaincy by Mathews? lol I say poor performance by Indian mediocre club cricketers. The worst bowling in a T20 by Dunda, worst fielding, dropping dollies by Indian players. Now you put the blame on Mathews ???

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 13, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Every side Yuvraj has played for in the IPL has failed and never clicked as a team. I don't remember him ever winning a game with the bat either, so overrated and from what I see disruptive to a teams balance always looks so angry and miserable.