Mumbai, Apr 6: Ganguly-led Pune Warriors started their campaign in style as they defeated the mighty Mumbai Indians by 29 runs, after restricting them to 101/9. Ashok Dinda picked up four wickets to seal the match in favour of Warriors in Game Three of IPL 5 at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.
[Scorecard; Game Three, Pune Warriors Vs Mumbai Indians]
Everything went right for Pune Warriors, as Ganguly's magic worked from the very first over, as he handed the ball to Murali Karthik, who responded immediately as he got the wicket of Richard Levi in the second ball of the innings, while Dinda got rid of Rayudu, in the first ball of his over, the second over of the innings.
Ganguly inspired the team to perform well after a disappointing outing with the bat at the start of the innings, while they managed to get to 129/9 with the help of Robin Uthappa and Steven Smith. The Australian Smith won the Man-of-the-match award for his 39-run knock.
It was a close match until 10 overs, as the match could have favoured both the teams during that time. But a few wickets at the crucial time ensured a win for Pune Warriors.
Levi, who top scored for Mumbai in their opening match against Chennai Super Kings, fell for a duck in the second ball. While the star-studded batting line-up collapsed within no time, Pune Warriors enjoyed and celebrated the fall of every wicket as it is considered to be a great feat for the Warriors to win against their neighbours.
Rohit Sharma (1), Rayudu (1), Kieron Pollard (8), Lasith Malinga (5) went cheaply while James Franklin and Dinesh Karthik were the only batsmen who stayed for some time at the crease. If they had continued for a few overs, the match could have swung in their favour.
Within three overs, match's fate was sealed as Mumbai slid from 53/3 (10 overs) to 64/5 off 12.2 overs. The required run rate after 13 overs crossed 10 runs per over, which further added pressure on the batsmen.
After 15 overs, the score read 78/5, as the required run rate had gone past 11. Pune fielders were very good on the field except for a mis-fielding in the 12th over, as they conceded 6 runs off one ball, apart from that, Warriors ensured that they saved every run.
Dinda grabbed four wickets to give a win for Pune Warriors. The Bengal speedster finished with figures of 4/17 off 4 overs. Rahul Sharma and Murali Karthik claimed two wickets each.
With the wicket assisting bowlers, the going got tough as Mumbai faltered badly, struggled to score runs after the fall of Karthik.
On the whole, a fantastic win for Pune Warriors as they upset Sachin Tendulkar-less Mumbai Indians, to start their IPL 5 campaign with style. Pune, who finished last in their debut IPL last year, would look to build on this success.
First Innings report: Bowlers gave Mumbai Indians a perfect start as they rip through Pune Warriors' line-up to restrict them to 129/9 off 20 overs. Steven Smith top scored with 39 as Pune set a target of 130 for Mumbai to win at 6.5 runs per over.
Robin Uthappa, played a magnificent knock as he scored 36 off 33 balls which included 3 boundaries. His partnership with Steven Smith was the key as they added 44 runs for the 5th wicket.
While Steven Smith top scored with 39 off 32 balls which included four boundaries. Patel bowled a slower one to get rid of Smith as he got out in the 20th over. If he had stayed till the last ball of the innings, Pune could have got a few more runs on the board as he was capable of hitting hard.
After strategic timeout, Warriors were looking at a defendable target and as predicted they got some respite as Uthappa's knock helped the team reach the three-figure mark which was not easy at one point.
While the second highest partnership was between Ferguson and Uthappa for the 4th wicket, as they piled 20 runs off 24 balls before Rohit Sharma's direct hit sent Ferguson back to the pavilion.
Wickets at quick succession troubled Pune Warriors and denied a good partnership, resulting in an easy target for the mighty Mumbai Indians.
Lasith Malinga (2/16), Munaf Patel (2/26) claimed two wickets each, while Ojha and Harbhajan got a wicket each to dominate the match right from the start of the innings and restrict Pune Warriors to 129/9.
Rohit Sharma's direct hit to get rid of Callum Ferguson in the 9th over, was evident that fielding was at its best. This yet again proves that Mumbai are very agile on field after recording three run outs against Chennai Super Kings.
Sourav Ganguly (3), Manish Pandey (0), Wayne Parnell (11), Samuels (4), B Kumar (2) Ferguson (12) everyone disappointed as Pune were reduced to 27/3 and at one stage they were reeling at 47/4 (9 overs).
Callum Ferguson, also couldn't stay for long at the crease, though he survived a chance, as Harbhajan dropped him on 12, while he got out next ball as Rohit Sharma hit the stumps to send him back to the pavilion.
Now, with 130 to win, Mumbai will look forward to reach the target with ease.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (Captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Richard Levi, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Kieron Pollard, James Franklin, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Munaf Patel
Pune Warriors: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Callum Ferguson, Marlon Samuels, Manish Pandey, Steven Smith, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Wayne Parnell, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda
Umpires: Anil Chowdhury (India) and Simon Taufel (Australia)
Third Umpire: Johan Cloete (South Africa)
Match Referee: Rajendra Jadeja