Pune, May 3: Mumbai Indians beat rivals Pune Warriors India in another last-over thriller by just 1 run as they defended a low target of 121 runs in their return-leg derby tie in game 45 of IPL 5 at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.
Pune Warriors slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat after failing to chase an easy 121-run target losing by 1 run against derby rivals Mumbai Indians.
Chasing a paltry 121 on a slow wicket, Warriors batsmen struggled early on with a slow start, but Ganguly and Co lost three wickets in the space of seven runs to put a big dent to their easy run-chase.
Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh dismissed two deadly batsmen, Jesse Ryder(9) and Michael Clarke (15). Ryder mistimed his shot for a simple catch to Thisara Perera while Clarke was trapped lbw. In-form Pune batsman Steven Smith(2) was bowled out by off-spinner Pragyan Ojha.
Pune skipper Sourav Ganguly started off slow to calm down things in the middle as he and Mithun Manhas added a steady 47 runs for the fifth wicket. But man of the match Lasith Malinga turned the game around after claiming Ganguly's wicket. Ganguly departed scoring slow 24-ball 16 leaving Pune in trouble.
Manhas remained unbeaten (34-ball 42) to keep Pune's hopes alive until the last ball of the innings. Pune required 12 off the last over. Facing pacer Munaf Patel, in form Manhas was at the non-strikers end when Pune required four off the final delivery but Bhuvaneshwar Kumar could only get a couple leaving Mumbai Indians win by just 1 run.
After losing four in a row, Pune Warriors remain at eighth spot with eight points while Mumbai Indians are riding high on third position with 12 points in ten games.
Mumbai Indians innings report:
Mumbai Indians batsmen failed to perform yet again as they were restricted to their second lowest total of 120/9 against neighbours Pune Warriors India in the derby match of IPL 5.
Despite a steady half-century opening stand between Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin, Mumbai's middle-order collapsed in quick succession.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar gave the crucial breakthrough for Pune dismissing James Franklin(25), Franklin hit three boundaries and a six while Tendulkar hit four boundaries in his steady innings of 35-ball 34.
Mumbai struggled to carry on the momentum after the fall of iconic batsman Tendulkar who was dismissed by Ashish Nehra. Tendulkar was caught behind while trying to play down the third man.
Prior to Tendulkar's dismissal, Rohit Sharma was run-out for just three runs. Nehra finally found his rythm back after claiming another wicket of Robin Peterson in successive overs. Nehra registered his best bowling figures this season with 19/2 in four at an impressive economy rate of 4.75. Kumar also claimed two important wickets of opener Franklin and the dangerous Amabati Rayudu (1).
Steven Smith accounted for three out of four run-outs of Rohit Sharma, Thisara Perera(0) and Lasith Malinga (14). Skipper Harbhajan Singh was bowled out for a duck by pacer Ashok Dinda.
Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to bat first against neighbours Pune Warriors India in game 45 of IPL 5.
Ashok Dinda returns for the Warriors after suffering a side strain while Jesse Ryder returns after recovering from an illness replacing Manigh Pandey. Pune play without West Indian Marlon Samuels.
Mumbai all-rounder Kieron Pollard is ruled out for a week due to a shoulder injury, while they play three spinners including Pragyan Ojha. Thisara Perera comes in for Richard Levi.
Warriors, placed eighth in the points table, face a must-win situation as they have to win all their remaining matches to qualify for the play-offs.
While Mumbai on the other hand, are comfortably placed at No 3 as they have secured 10 points from nine games. But the only concern has been their inconsistent performance in the tournament so far.
The last time these two rivals met at the Wankhede on April 6, Pune Warriors beat Mumbai by 28 runs.
Pune Warriors India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Murali Kartik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mithun Manhas, Ashish Nehra, Wayne Parnell, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa (wk), Michael Clarke, Ashok Dinda and Jesse Ryder.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, James Franklin, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Robin Peterson, Rohit Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu and Thisara Perera.
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Sudhir Asnani (India)
Third umpire: Billy Doctrove (West Indies)
Match referee: Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)