Johnson, Sharma destroy Pune

2013-04-13 22:24
Rohit Sharma (Gallo Images)
Mumbai - Rohit Sharma and Mitchell Johnson combined to give the Mumbai Indians a 41-run victory over the Pune Warriors in their Indian Premier League T20 clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.

Full Scorecard: Mumbai v Pune

Mumbai posted 183 for three, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, thanks to Sharma's second consecutive undefeated half century of 62 not out. The Warriors could only reply with 142 for eight, with Johnson claiming 3-33 in his four overs.

Ricky Ponting (14) and Sachin Tendulkar (44) made a steady start to the innings for the first time, scoring 54 for the first wicket. Ponting was well caught by Abhishek Nayar at point off Yuvraj Singh's first delivery, although the former Australian captain had thought that he had hit the ball into the ground.

Tendulkar did not last much longer as he was wonderfully caught by Mitchell Marsh on the long-on boundary off Aaron Finch. Sharma then joined Dinesh Karthik at the crease and continued from where they left off against the Delhi Daredevils, adding 55 for the third wicket off 41 deliveries.

Karthik (41), who moved past 200 runs this season, was trapped lbw by Marsh with the first ball after the strategic time-out, brining Kieron Pollard to the crease. But it was not the West Indian who accellerated, but Sharma, who struck three fours and four massive sixes in his 32-ball innings.

Sharma and Pollard (19 not out) scored 65 runs off the last four overs as they combined for an undefeated 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

The Pune Warriors started disastrously as Johnson dismantled Finch's (0) stumps with the first ball of the innings. Six balls later, Ross Taylor (4) was run out at the non-strikers end by Ambati Rayudu, fielding at square-leg, after Robin Uthappa (7) set off for a run.

Johnson then produced an even better delivery to dismiss Uthappa, with the right-handed bastman's off-stump cartwheeling backwards. Harbhajan Singh then had Tirumalasetti Suman caught by Pollard on the long-on boundary to leave the visitors on 38 for four inside the first six overs.

Not one of the Pune batsmen were able to make any significant contribution. Marsh top scored with 38 off 26 deliveries with two fours and two sixes and shared in a seventh-wicket partnership of 31 off 20 balls with Nayar (6).

It took a spectacular one-handed catch from Rishi Dhawan on the sweeper boundary to dismiss Marsh, who started to look dangerous.

Karthik moved back to the top of the run-scorers list with 224 runs, while Johnson moved to the top of the wicket-takers table with seven wickets. Although Vinay Kumar also has seven wickets, Johnson moves ahead of him due to his economy rate being better.

Mumbai now have six points from four matches while Pune remain on two points after their four matches.

MUMBAI INDIANS: RT Ponting (capt), SR Tendulkar, KD Karthik (wk), RG Sharma, KA Pollard, AT Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, MG Johnson, PP Ojha, SL Malinga

PUNE WARRIORS: RV Uthappa (wk), AJ Finch, LRPL Taylor, Yuvraj Singh, AD Mathews (capt), AM Nayar, TL Suman, MR Marsh, B Kumar, R Sharma, AB Dinda 


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