Bowlers set up shock Pune victory

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The Mumbai Indians failed to keep their winning momentum going as they lost by 28 runs to the Pune Warriors in a low-scoring match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

The Mumbai Indians failed to keep their winning momentum going as they lost by 28 runs to the Pune Warriors in a low-scoring match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

Chasing a mere 130 for victory, the home side failed to get going with big-signing Richard Levi going out for a second ball duck. With the top order decimated by Murali Kartik and Ashok Dinda, at five for three, the Mumbai side never managed to recover and found themselves at 101 for nine at the end of 20 overs.

Earlier it was Indians captain Harbhajan Singh who won the toss and chose to field. His side, minus the injured Sachin Tenddulkar, got off to a great start with Manesh Pandey and Sourav Ganguly back in the hut with only 15 on the board. Promoted up the order to number three for Pune, South African Wayne Parnel could only manage 11 as he was bowled by Munaf Patel.

A middle-order revival from Robin Uthappa (36) and Steven Smith (39) helped the Warriors toward a respectable total, but with wickets tumbling at regular intervals, 129 for nine looked a tough to defend.

However, the experienced Ganguly opened the bowling for Pune with Murali Kartik and the left-arm spinner found prodigious turn which flummoxed Levi second ball up and wicketkeeper Uthappa whipped off the bails quick as a flash. Ashock Dinda got rid of Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma the following over to make it five for three.

James Franklin and Dinesh Karthik (32 each) looked like they were going to take the Indians towards the total as they put on 49 for the fourth wicket, but Pune spinners Marlon Samuels and Rahul Sharma starved the home side of runs as the spin duo conceded less than six per over for their respective four overs.

With runs hard to come by, the ever-increasing run-rate proved too much for the Mumbai lower-order. Dinda then cashed in with a further two wickets to end the day with four for 18 as the Indians' innings ended on 101 for nine, still 28 runs shy of the target.

<b>Pune Warriors:</b> Robin Uthappa, Sourav Ganguly, Callum Ferguson, Marlon Samuels, Manish Pandey, Steven Smith, B Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Wayne Parnell, Murli Kartik, Ashok Dinda

<b>Mumbai Indians:</b> Richard Levi, Suryakumar Yadav, Ambati Rayadu, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Kieron Pollard, James Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha

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