Mumbai bowlers struck thick and fast to reduce Pune to 118 and then their batsmen went about their task at ease as Mumbai beat Pune by seven wickets in this 21st IPL match at the at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Score | PhotosChasing 119, Mumbai lost their opener James Franklin in the first over off Shrikant Wagh when the score was 9. But soon enough captain Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu got on with a steady partnership.The two had put on 74 runs for the second wicket and were going nice and easy, when Tendulkar played an uppish shot off Rahul Sharma in the 14th over. The ball took the aerial route but failed to cross the boundary as Alfonso Thomas cut it off in the deep. Tendulkar fell was 35 when the score was 83.Incidentally, this was the first time in four IPL matches that Tendulkar has got out. In the last three he had remained unbeaten.With the partnership broken, Rayudu, too did not stay at the crease for long and departed in the next over off Thomas’s ball on 37. Mumbai lost him on 89. This time it was Rahul who took his catch.Finally, Aussie Andrew Symonds and Rohit Sharma helped their team to victory. Rohit scored a four off the last ball of the match to help his team win by 7 wickets.Pune inningsMunaf Patel scalped three as Pune were all out for 118 in 17.2 overs against Mumbai during their IPL match.Pune won the toss and elected to bat against Mumbai in the 21st IPL match of IPL season 4. And their openers Kiwi Jesse Ryder and Aussie Tim Paine got off to a rather slow start at the Wankhede Stadium. The two were scoring below five runs an over.advertisementThe start got all the more slow when Ryder fell to opposition medium-pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed on 12 in the fourth over of the innings and a ball later new man in the middle Mithun Manhas too fell. Soon Pune were down to 17/2 in 3.5 overs.In the next over, Mumbai paceman Munaf Patel removed Tim Paine and skipper Yuvraj Singh in the sapce of a ball to reduce Pune to 17/4.The misery was far from over for the new arrivals in IPL. In the 9th over Mumabi’s left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza got the better of Mohnish Mishra with Rohit Sharma performing the final honours at long on. He fell for 12 and Pune fell to 52/5.Murali Katik, more famous for his exploits with the ball, deaprted to a Lasith Malinga ball in the 13th over. Theough he wasn’t cleans bowled, like most of Malinga’s victims, but ended up getting caught at mid-on by Aussie Andrew Symonds when the team total was 87/6.But, it was big-hitter Robin Uthappa’s wicket that did the maximum damage for Pune. He was batting on 45 and attempting a revival, when Kieron Pollard took a fantastic catch in the deep off Murtaza’s ball in the 15th over and Pune were reduced to 98/7.The next two overs saw Wayne Parnell and Shrikant Wagh walk back cheaply as Pune were on 118/9 and soon enough the whole team was all out and the score was — 118 all out in 17.2 overs.
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