Mumbai sneak past Pune

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Mumbai's dismal effort with the bat didn't deserve to end on the right end of the result, but their bowlers dutifully delivered to secure a one-run victory over the Pune Warriors in Thursday's Indian Premier League clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

Mumbai's dismal effort with the bat didn't deserve to end on the right end of the result, but their bowlers dutifully delivered to secure a one-run victory over the Pune Warriors in Thursday's Indian Premier League clash at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

The visitors' decision to bat first after winning the toss proved fruitful initially, then backfired to the tune of a dismal 120 for nine.

Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin, collectively orchestrating their third half-century stand of the tournament, were ultimately left disappointed in the pavilion as the solid foundation was laid to waste.

A Mumbai middle order without the services of the big-hitting Kieron Pollard, sidelined by a shoulder injury, floundered entirely. The in-form Rohit Sharma was run out cheaply, Robin Peterson's promotion to four didn't last long enough and Dinesh Karthik wasn't afforded enough strike.

Three more run-outs through the tail-enders worsened Mumbai's trial and, were it not for Lasith Malinga's resolve, their score would have read considerably worse.

The Sri Lankan star enjoyed a 14-run cameo, one boundary and a hefty six included, to at least push the final tally into three figures.

The Pune outfit, buoyed by a solid day in the field that saw seamers Ashok Dinda, Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar share five wickets amid the slew of run-outs, were soon resigned to the back foot again.

Struggling at 47 for four after rival captain Harbhajan Singh led from the front by removing the key duo of Jesse Ryder and Michael Clarke in quick succession, the Warriors needed an innings of great resolve from their skipper to have the chase remain on track.

Sourav Ganguly couldn't oblige, instead perishing for a laboured 16 as Man of the Match Malinga bowled the veteran left-hander.

Mithun Manhas, through an unbeaten 42 from 34 balls, tried his utmost to keep his side in the hunt, but ultimately to no avail.

Needing eight runs off the final two deliveries of the tight fixture to win, Bhuvneshwar could only manage six, leaving Mumbai leaping in delight at the arrival of a triumph their batsmen, at least, did not deserve.

Turning the tables on opposition they lost to by 28 runs earlier in the 2012 competition, the Mumbai Indians moved to third in the nine-team standings to all but secure a berth in the semi-finals. Pune, meanwhile are languishing at second last.

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