Mumbai scrape win in Pune

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The Mumbai Indians reached a low target of 113 in Pune to beat the hapless Warriors by five wickets on Saturday, with neither side putting in an inspired performance on a slow wicket.

The Mumbai Indians reached a low target of 113 in Pune to beat the hapless Warriors by five wickets on Saturday, with neither side putting in an inspired performance on a slow wicket.

Pune batted first and scored 112 for eight, with Yuvraj Singh the only mad to score above 30. Mumbai then made heavy work of the small total, reaching it with just seven balls to spare.

The Warriors knock started off badly and never recovered, losing Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch in the first five overs. This left Yuvraj and Manish Pandey to cobble together a score, and they did well to reach 84 in the 13th over.

It all fell apart from there though, as they lost Pandey (29), Angelo Mathews (0) and Yuvraj (33) within two runs of each other. Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga and Abu Nechim took two wickets each, while Mathews was well run out by Sachin Tendulkar.

The lower order were just as dire, with only Abhishek Nayar reaching double figures, though one can argue it wasn't really their job to score the big runs.

Mumbai lost opener Dwayne Smith with the first ball, clean bowled by Ashok Dinda, who took two wickets in the innings. Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik then got set but couldn't push on, the Little Master out for 15.

Karthik was gone for 17, which left Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu to score the bulk of the runs. They reached 93 in the 16th over, before Rayudu was caught by Mathews off Dinda for 26.

Sharma top-scored in the game with 37, but could not see the game out and was sent packing in the 19th over, with one run to go. Glenn Maxwell, playing his first game, smashed the required runs, scoring 13 off seven balls, before Harbhajan Singh struck a four to bag the win as he came in for Sharma.

Pune Warriors: R Uthappa, A Finch, M Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, A Mathews, A Nayar, B Kumar, Parvez Rasool, K Richardson, A Dinda, A Mendis

Mumbai Indians: DR Smith, S Tendulkar, D Karthik, R Sharma, G Maxwell, A Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, M Johnson, L Malinga, P Ojha, A Ahmed

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