Mumbai win by a whisker over Pune
Pune: Mumbai Indians dished out a superlative bowling performance to eke out a one run win over Pune Warriors in a nail-biting Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
Set to defend a modest 120 for nine, Mumbai bowlers rose to the occasion to restrict Pune to 119 for six in their 20 overs, thereby falling short by just a run.
Skipper Harbhajan Singh led from the front picking up two wickets for just 18 runs, while Lasith Malinga (2/25) was as usual at his lethal best towards the death.
Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha also did their bid ending up with identical figures of one for 24. Mithun Manhas scored an unbeaten 42 off 34 balls to keep Pune in the hunt but in the end it was not enough.
Earlier, asked to bowl, Pune produced a clinical bowling and fielding display to restrict Mumbai to the paltry score at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Young Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra shared four wickets between them as Pune bowlers stuck to their task from the onset, barring a few overs in the middle.
Pune bowlers were complemented well by their fielders as they inflicted as many as four run outs.Sachin Tendulkar top-scored for Mumbai a 35-ball 34 and together with James Franklin (25) added 50 runs for the opening stand, which was the only highlight of the visitors' innings.
Chasing 121 for win, Robin Uthappa scored a run-a-ball 18 before he fell lbw to Patel.Jesse Ryder and Michael Clarke then added 20 runs for the second wicket before the fomer was holed out by a running Perera at deep mid-on of the bowling off Harbhajan.
Harbhajan brought Mumbai back into the contest in his next over when he dismissed Clarke lbw even TV replays suggested the ball was going over the off stump but umpire Sudhir Asnani thought otherwise.
Ojha then went through the defence of in-form Steven Smith in the next over to tilt the match in Mumbai's favour as Pune slumped to 47 for four at the halfway mark.
Skipper Sourav Ganguly (16) and Manhas played cautiously and stitched 47 runs off 42 balls for the fifth wicket to take Pune closer.
News Posted: 4 May, 2012
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