Last-Ball Victory For Mumbai Over Pune Warriors
Mumbai Indians 124-3 (Rayudu 37) beat
Pune Warriors 118 (Patel 3-8) by 7 wickets
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians bounced back from their shock IPL 2011 defeat to the Kochi Tuskers Kerala to beat the Pune Warriors by seven wickets but they had to wait until the final ball of the match to do so.
With the scores level, despite Pune being dismissed for just 118, Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma hit Murali Kartik for a six over cover to end the game in dashing style.
Pune had earlier lasted just 17.2 overs in a poor batting effort and they would eventually slump to a second straight defeat, not helped by a horrible start which, after they had reached 16 without loss, saw them lose four wickets for one run, Munaf Patel (3-8) and Abu Nechim (2-13) dismantling the top order.
Their innings was held together by Robin Uthappa, whose 45 in 37 balls, including six fours and a six, proved vital in preventing them being embarrassed by last season's runners-up. Also in the wickets were Ali Murtaza and Lasith Malinga, who grabbed a brace apiece.
However, far from being the cakewalk that Mumbai fans might have expected, they were made to work hard for their runs as Pune rallied to put in a fine performance with the ball, although their fielding fell short of their usual standards.
Sachin Tendulkar led the way with 35, Ambati Rayudu top scored with 37 but it needed Sharma's unbeaten 20 in 18 balls and Andrew Symonds 16 not out in 15 deliveries to put the finishing touches to the victory.
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