IPL 5: Mumbai Indians clinch 1-run win against Pune Warriors

Defending only 120 runs, Mumbai Indians bowlers gave little room to Pune Warriors who lost by a run despite Mithun Manhas' 42 off 34.

updated: May 04, 2012 01:11 IST
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Pune: A packed house at the home of the Pune Warriors, with a decent Mumbai contingent making use of the proximity to witness an away game, set things up perfectly for a local derby. While both teams were well below their best, the contest was alive till far longer than it should have been, with the match going down to the last ball. Munaf Patel held his nerve, and unbelievably, the Mumbai Indians squeezed out a one-run win. How the Warriors will justify being only six wickets down and yet unable to score at six-an-over in a Twenty20 match is anyone's guess.


James Franklin and Sachin Tendulkar had the chance to set the tone, and the fact that neither could force the pace in any meaningful manner in their 50-run opening stand should have been a pointer to how things would go. Franklin top-edged a pull, falling for 25 at slightly better than a run-a-ball and before Mumbai could catch their breath Rohit Sharma ran himself out. Ignoring a vociferous appeal for lbw, Rohit charged down the pitch and before he realised that his senior partner had never considered a single, the bails were off.

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