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

Mumbai go No. 2 by trampling Warriors

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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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  • on May 12, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    need to give punter a chance

  • Otuwa 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.

  • kristee 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.

  • srinideva 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...

  • Ms.Cricket 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.

  • alarky 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?

  • Mervo 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    need to give punter a chance

  • Otuwa 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.

  • kristee 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.

  • srinideva 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...

  • Ms.Cricket 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.

  • alarky 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?

  • Mervo 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • on May 11, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    Why Pune warriors are keeping same squad in spite of continuous defeats?. They should test hard hitter Raiphy Gomez and Left arm pacer Srikant Wagh. Both of them are far far better than the players in the playing eleven. Learn from Rajastan royals. They have given a chance to 42 years aged Pravin Tambe even though he hardly played any first class match.

  • phunny_game on May 11, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Pune are unlikely to retain any of the players next season, and that's what they should exactly do... They chose a team on reputations and didn't really do their homework. A whole new team is what they need. DC had the best T20 team in the first IPL but were last on the points table. So sometimes even the best of players cannot constitute a great team. I would love to see them in the top half next season cz of the fans. Never seen the stadium empty even after 3 straight years of dismal cricket...

  • on May 11, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    MI gains 2nd spot crashing the warriors

  • alarky on May 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Pune Warriors should have sacked their bowling coach very early in the competition. The bowlers appear not to have a clue with regard to how not to leak runs in T/20 cricket; hence, they have been hammered by every side against whom they played. The batsmen cannot be blamed too muc because, the match is usually won by the opposition batsmen, long before they (PW) batsmen face the first ball!

  • slackers11 on May 11, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Yuvraj and Harbhajan's antics on the field was really irritating. Some one has to let them know that what they are doing is not funny at all.

    On a serious note, I don't know how Yuvi could have so much fun when PWI is performing so poorly in the tournament. It sends wrong signals to people that he isn't really committed to the franchise (or is he? )

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 11, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    Mitch Johnson on fire this season shame he's no longer in the Australia side or in this years Ashes. Dwayne Smith got an unplayable beauty from Dinda first up no shame in that reminded me of Bret lee's first ball of the tournament ! The rest of the M.I made a real meal out of the chase they really should have won this before 15th over and to cement a dominant RR. Was interesting to see Maxwell get a game but if Pollards fit he should come back into the side as he offers a lot more to the 11.

  • on May 11, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Well Played MI.. In this IPL 6, Despite the strong batting lineup they have,MI struggles a little during Chase.. They did play really well when they bat 1st.. They need to have a look at this point before they move on to PlayOffs..

  • cricket-is-best on May 11, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    I wonder how matthews keeps fitting into this PWI team ahead of superior players ross and samuels!

  • shubham.nishad on May 11, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Pune and Delhi have all the big names and on paper look quite good team but in this IPL they have been clueless against other teams. Perhaps may be they need a change in captaincy.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    The IPL must make a tough decision. Either help make the Warriors a more competitive team next year by allowing an open auction next year without any player retention policy so that the Pune Warriors get a chance to buy some of the top players in the competition, or remove the franchise as a whole and keep it to 8 teams. The Pune Warriors serve no purpose in this competition other than to give two free points to anyone who needs it. They're the minnows of the IPL.

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    You can only start four foreigners. Who among Pollard, Malinga, Johnson and Smith would you sit so Maxwell can play? No disrespect to Maxwell, but I can't justify starting him over any of those four barring injury, which was exactly what happened today. Pollard got the day off to heal a hand injury and Maxwell filled in ably.

  • ddr3 on May 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is by far the best bowler this season..don't know why Australia did not use him in the test series against India..even though he has always been Superb in Indian Conditions!

    I guess all the International teams should allow their players to play in IPL where Batsmen gets to face the Best Bowlers present at the International level and the Bowlers gets to face to the Best Batsmen present at the International level!

    IPL is specially real good for Indian young Cricketers!

    Anyways I feel MI will win IPL this Season! :P

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Mumbai Indians have won over Pune Warriors & took a place just above the Rajastan Roals by virtue of slightly better run rate.the Competition now for the 4th place for the semifinalists now short listed to among the RCB,SRH& KINGS PUNJAB even though the run rate of SRH is lower than the other two.But at the later two teams SRH& Punjab have more matches to negotiate.

    In this context today's ( 11 th May) 2nd match between the later two assumes vital importance to go ahead to fight with RCB..

    This is how the IPL gets more & more interesting day by day when the playing days of the teams go ahead. So good luck for cricket fans to enjoy the game more free from boring.

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    malinga and johnson form perhaps the most potent new ball pairing in the tournament! both can swing the ball early and at high pace! that one is a right arm bowler and the other one a left arm bowler works out perfectly! Johnson is doing his reputation no harm whatsoever by bowling some excellent spells like this... he is experienced and definitely better equipped to lead the aussie bowling line up in the future....hope he plays a role in the ashes...this guy can be a treat to watch when he is in rhythm!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Mendis bowled well against the power packed MI lineup. He should have been in the team first place. T20's best spin bowler with 2 international 6 fors to remember. Rasool was underbowled on a slow surface. All i can say is teriible captaincy. Wonder where are the Mathew's critcs are?

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    The fortune of Mumbai Inddians seems. to have been enhanced with a low score to deal with. Especially their being in the las four placements on the Points Table..

    It looks rather a Herculian Task for the lower order teams on this table to advance unless a couple of them still has a chance to better than prospects provided they win all their remaining Games.

    Any how,IPL is progressing more & more interestingly day by day.Fortunate for the Spectators & Cricket fans closely watching the game game in person & glued to TV sets.

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    It appears bad luck does not leave Pune Warriors alone.

    Until Yuvraj Singh & Manish Pande were together at the crease with perfect control,things looked much different from the position at the end of 20 Overs which read as low as 112/8.

    The dismissal of Pande,Yuvraj Singh ,& Mathews virtually changed the fate of Pune from good to worse .the strike from SRT ,a direct hit from long distance & a beautiful LBW ball which turned & the back foot of Yuvraj in front of the stump were the turning points of the game..

    Malinga& Johnson had also done the damage to establish upper hand for Mumbai Indians who are in any way in more comfortable position than Pune.

    However,the final result just Time alone could tell after the break as Cricket in General& IPL particularly is a Glorious Game Of Uncertainty.

  • on May 11, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    atlast maxwell gets to play...that is he reason im such a huge fan of rahul dravid.even players such as sanju samson and james faulkner got chance to display the skills...

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  • on May 11, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    atlast maxwell gets to play...that is he reason im such a huge fan of rahul dravid.even players such as sanju samson and james faulkner got chance to display the skills...

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    It appears bad luck does not leave Pune Warriors alone.

    Until Yuvraj Singh & Manish Pande were together at the crease with perfect control,things looked much different from the position at the end of 20 Overs which read as low as 112/8.

    The dismissal of Pande,Yuvraj Singh ,& Mathews virtually changed the fate of Pune from good to worse .the strike from SRT ,a direct hit from long distance & a beautiful LBW ball which turned & the back foot of Yuvraj in front of the stump were the turning points of the game..

    Malinga& Johnson had also done the damage to establish upper hand for Mumbai Indians who are in any way in more comfortable position than Pune.

    However,the final result just Time alone could tell after the break as Cricket in General& IPL particularly is a Glorious Game Of Uncertainty.

  • on May 11, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    The fortune of Mumbai Inddians seems. to have been enhanced with a low score to deal with. Especially their being in the las four placements on the Points Table..

    It looks rather a Herculian Task for the lower order teams on this table to advance unless a couple of them still has a chance to better than prospects provided they win all their remaining Games.

    Any how,IPL is progressing more & more interestingly day by day.Fortunate for the Spectators & Cricket fans closely watching the game game in person & glued to TV sets.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Mendis bowled well against the power packed MI lineup. He should have been in the team first place. T20's best spin bowler with 2 international 6 fors to remember. Rasool was underbowled on a slow surface. All i can say is teriible captaincy. Wonder where are the Mathew's critcs are?

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    malinga and johnson form perhaps the most potent new ball pairing in the tournament! both can swing the ball early and at high pace! that one is a right arm bowler and the other one a left arm bowler works out perfectly! Johnson is doing his reputation no harm whatsoever by bowling some excellent spells like this... he is experienced and definitely better equipped to lead the aussie bowling line up in the future....hope he plays a role in the ashes...this guy can be a treat to watch when he is in rhythm!

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Mumbai Indians have won over Pune Warriors & took a place just above the Rajastan Roals by virtue of slightly better run rate.the Competition now for the 4th place for the semifinalists now short listed to among the RCB,SRH& KINGS PUNJAB even though the run rate of SRH is lower than the other two.But at the later two teams SRH& Punjab have more matches to negotiate.

    In this context today's ( 11 th May) 2nd match between the later two assumes vital importance to go ahead to fight with RCB..

    This is how the IPL gets more & more interesting day by day when the playing days of the teams go ahead. So good luck for cricket fans to enjoy the game more free from boring.

  • ddr3 on May 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is by far the best bowler this season..don't know why Australia did not use him in the test series against India..even though he has always been Superb in Indian Conditions!

    I guess all the International teams should allow their players to play in IPL where Batsmen gets to face the Best Bowlers present at the International level and the Bowlers gets to face to the Best Batsmen present at the International level!

    IPL is specially real good for Indian young Cricketers!

    Anyways I feel MI will win IPL this Season! :P

  • on May 11, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    You can only start four foreigners. Who among Pollard, Malinga, Johnson and Smith would you sit so Maxwell can play? No disrespect to Maxwell, but I can't justify starting him over any of those four barring injury, which was exactly what happened today. Pollard got the day off to heal a hand injury and Maxwell filled in ably.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 11, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    The IPL must make a tough decision. Either help make the Warriors a more competitive team next year by allowing an open auction next year without any player retention policy so that the Pune Warriors get a chance to buy some of the top players in the competition, or remove the franchise as a whole and keep it to 8 teams. The Pune Warriors serve no purpose in this competition other than to give two free points to anyone who needs it. They're the minnows of the IPL.

  • shubham.nishad on May 11, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Pune and Delhi have all the big names and on paper look quite good team but in this IPL they have been clueless against other teams. Perhaps may be they need a change in captaincy.