IPL 2013: Mumbai Consolidate Position With Ninth Win

	IPL 2013: Mumbai Consolidate Position With Ninth Win
IPL 2013: Mumbai Consolidate Position With Ninth Win
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Mumbai Indians 116-5 (Sharma 37) beat
Pune Warriors 112-8 by five wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Guhunje
Report by Chetan Narula

Mumbai Indians consolidated their second place in the Indian Premier League 2013 points-table, registering a comfortable five-wicket win over Pune Warriors in the local derby.

Mumbai have 18 points from 13 matches, with nine wins, and are just above Rajasthan Royals on the basis of run-rate.

Meanwhile this was the 12th loss for Pune this season and they continue to sit at thebottom of the table with just four points from two wins.

Pune won the toss and elected to bat first. After a fine run of form, Robin Uthappa (10) and Aaron Finch (11) weren’t able to give another good start, with the score at 25 for two in the fifth over.

Manish Pandey and Yuvraj Singh resurrected the innings, with a 59-run partnership for the third wicket. Pandey scored a run-a-ball 29 with one four and one six. Yuvraj top scored with 33 off 29 balls, with one four and two sixes, providing a platform for the rest of the batsmen to push for a par score.

But after Lasith Malinga (2-27) removed Pandey in the 13th over, Pune collapsed in a heap. Harbhajan Singh (1-14) trapped Yuvraj in the next over and two balls earlier Angelo Mathews (0) had been run-out. Wickets kept falling regularly and from 85 for five, Pune crashed to 99 for six and then finished at 112 for eight.

Mitchell Johnson was again the best bowler for Mumbai, finishing with two for eight from his four overs, while Abu Nechim (2-27) took two wickets as well.

It wasn’t the tallest of totals to chase down for Mumbai, but they started poorly as well, as Ashok Dinda (2-35) bowled Dwayne Smith (0) off the very first ball. Sachin Tendulkar (15) and Dinesh Karthik (17) couldn’t get going either, despite hitting four fours and one six between them. At 39/3, it seemed that there might be another turn for the match.

But Rohit Sharma, enjoying a superb run as skipper and batsman, denied Pune a whiff, with a timely partnership with Ambati Rayudu.

They added 54 runs for the fourth wicket and dispelled any notions the opposition might have had for victory. Rohit scored 37 runs off 41 balls with three fours, while Rayudu made 26 off 23 balls, with two fours and one six.

They both fell with the target in sight, but Glenn Maxwell (13 not out) and Harbhajan Singh (4 not out) got them across the finish line.

Kane Richardson (1-28), Ajantha Mendis (1-15) and Yuvraj Singh (1-21) were the other wicket-takers.

© Cricket World 2013

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