Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors by five wickets in their Twenty 20 League match in Pune on Saturday. Earlier, Mitchell Johnson led a disciplined...
Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors by five wickets in their Twenty 20 League match in Pune on Saturday. Earlier, Mitchell Johnson led a disciplined bowling performance by Mumbai Indians as they restricted Pune Warriors to a paltry 112 for eight in their Twenty 20 League match in Pune. The Australian left-arm pacer, Johnson finished with a sensational spell of two for eight from his four overs while speedsters Lasith Malinga and Abu Nechim Ahmed, too, came up with impressive performances, picking up two wickets each. He was declared man of the match for his all-round performances. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, too, impressed with an economical spell of one for 14, which included the wicket of Yuvraj Singh, who was the lone bright spot for the Warriors with a 29-ball 33. Electing to bat, Pune Warriors were off to a poor start as their openers, Robin Uthappa and skipper Aaron Finch, departed in quick succession. Johnson once again struck early as he dismissed Finch for 10 when the Australian ended up hitting a short of length delivery straight to short cover, where Dwayne Smith completed an easy catch. Malinga then trapped Uthappa leg before for 11, with the Pune scorecard reading 25 for two inside five overs. Yuvraj and Manish Pandey shared a 59-run stand for the third wicket to revive Warriors' sagging morale before departing. Yuvraj, who was recently dropped from the Champions Trophy squad owing to indifferent form, finally found some touch as he laced his innings with one four and two sixes. He found an able ally in Manish Pandey, who came up with a useful run-a-ball 29. Brief scores: Pune Warriors India 112 for 8 wickets (Yuvraj Singh 33, Manish Pandey 29, Mitchell Johnson 2/8, Abu Nechim 2/ 27, Lasith Malinga 2/27) lost to Mumbai Indians 116 for 5 wickets in 18.5 overs (Rohit Sharma 37, Ambati Rayudu 26, Ashok Dinda 2/35)