IPL4: Mumbai Indians pile misery on Pune Warriors

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011, 8:15 [IST]
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Chasing a stiff target of 161, Pune were off to an inauspicious start as Harbhajan Singh got rid of Jesse Ryder with the first ball of the innings. Graeme Smith who came in at one down couldn't last long and could score only six before Munaf Patel summoned all his thinking skills and outhought him.

Abhisek Jhunjunwalla's painful stay at the wicket ended for only 10 of 15 balls when he skied an attempted pull of Kieron Pollard and was caught by wicket-keeper Ambati Rayudu.

Yuvraj Singh, appeared a bit out of rhythm initially but soon rediscovered his touch and hot two glorious sixes and a boundary before Malinga got the better of him. Soon after dispatching a short-pitched delivery to the fence, the Pune Indians skippers was found at sea to a well-directed bouncer and Munaf lapped up a difficult catch at third-man.

Robin Uthappa, departed almost as soon as he arrived at the pitch trying to send a Munaf-patel delivery in to the orbit but only to find Harbhajan Singh spill a very difficult catch. Meanwhile Manish Pandey, who was going after every delivery but to no avail, kept going on.

With an ever-increasing required run-rate, Uthappa and Pandey appeared clueless against the Mumbai Indians bowlers and eventually Pandey departed after a not-so-impressive half-century. With 33 runs left to be scored of the final over, Pune Warriors once against lost the match due to their non-firing big-hitter.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar once again lost the toss and his side was pushed in to bat by the Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh. Andrew Blizzard who joined Sachin at the top of the order, fell cheaply for six. And once again Sachin joined forces with Ambati Rayudu and the duo put on 40 runs, albeit a little slowly.

SAchin who had survived a close run-out chance fell while trying to go after Yuvraj Singh and was caught brilliantly by Jesse Ryder at short extra-cover. Rayudu followed him soon after and it was then left to Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard to steady the Mumbai Indians ship and guide to a safe target. The former two couldn't contribute much and fell cheaply.

Suman and Pollard who came between Sharma and Symonds in the batting order blazed their way through thus lending little bit more muscle to the Mumbai Indians total. Suman raced to a scintillating 36 of 16 balls that included three boundaries and three sixes. In conrast Pollard played a more subdued innings than he normal does. He hit two boundaries and two sixes in his 21 ball 29.

Harbhajan sent one out of the park to remain unbeaten on 8 from 3 balls.

Youngster Rahul Sharma was once again the pick of the Pune bowlers as he snapped up two Mumbai Indian wickets for only seven runs of his four overs. Yuvraj and Jerome Taylor also took two each while Alfonso Thomas went for 53 from his quota of overs and in return got a single wicket to show.

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