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Friday, May 4, 2012

MI beats PW in a low scoring thriller

Some have a wrong notion that a thriller is one when 20 odd runs are hit in the last over or a last ball finish, when a 4 or 6 is hit ! – not necessarily was demonstrated at Pune on 3rd May 12.

First MI batted poorly and Pune Warriors were chasing a lowly target – still 36 were required off 24 with 6 wickets at hand, made an easy reading.  After the strategic time-out, Lasith Malinga came on to bowl his 3rd over. Mithun Manhas and Sourav Ganguly were at the crease. 1-1-0-1-4 was the sequence.  6th ball was a wide, another wide and off the 3rd legitimate delivery Ganguly got out – making 16 off 24.  After 17, 27 were required off 18 and Ojha bowled the 18th over. First ball went for over and he conceded 11 runs making 16 off 12.  The penultimate over Malinga again,  got Parnell off his 2nd and gave only 4 runs.

12 required of  6 balls was the final challenge.  Munaf Patel bowled the last over. Pune had 4 wickets at hand ; Manhas on strike and Bhuvaneswarkumar at the other end.   It was 0-1W 1 -1-1-1-4 and when 3 were required off the last, Buvanesh flicked the full loss and got only a couple.  MI won by a solitary run. 
A low scoring thriller and Pune Warriors after initial opening are down to their 4th successive loss.   Lasith Malinga was the  man of the match:

Earlier Mumbai Indians made a lowly 120 for 9 – the openers made a great start.  Frankling departed at 50 at 7.4; Rohit Sharma immediately followed and after 12 it was 81-3 when Sachin got out.  Wickets fell in a heap as they were 93 -7 soon.  Warriors fielding was sharp with Smith outstanding effecting 3 runouts

Though the fortunes kept changing and Pune failed to capitalize after restricting MI to a low score – this was not a match of spectator’s delight

- S. Sampathkumar.

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