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Chasing 139, Mumbai began in disastrous fashion. Dale Steyn looked in inspired form with his pace and accuracy causing the MI batsmen all sorts of trouble. Tirumalasetti Suman (5) was the first to go as he hit one straight back at Steyn, whose quick reflexes ensured that the ball stuck. The South African wasn’t done yet as he bowled out Richard Levi (3) by unleashing an unplayable yorker to clean up the right-hander’s middle stump.
At 10 for two, MI were struggling to achieve their target. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu instilled a sense of balance to proceedings with a 48-run partnership. But leggie Amit Mishrabroke the stand after Rayudu smashed one straight to Shikhar Dhawan standing at fine-leg.
It was up to Rohit Sharma to take up the mantle of guiding MI home. The right-hander kept the scoreboard ticking, while Kieron Pollard smashedthree sixes to keep up with the required rate. The Chargers responded with a crucial breakthrough after Pollard (24) skied a Daniel Christian delivery straight into Dhawan’s welcoming arms. Dinesh Karthik (7) didn’t last long either as Steyn dismissed the right-hander.
With 18 runs required off the last over, Sharma hit a last-ball six to miraculously guide MI to a five-wicket win over the Chargers.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat. But his decision backfired right from the beginning as the Chargers were reduced to nine for two in no time. Parthiv Patel (1) nicked one to Rohit Sharma at second slip, who grabbed it on the second attempt. Bharat Chipli (1) was the next to go after he pulled one straight to mid-on off a Munaf Patel delivery.
MI were on top early on, but Shikhar Dhawan’s (41) effective counter-offensive ensured that the pressure was back on the visitors. But the aggressive left-hander’s innings came to an abrupt end after he mistimed a Lasith Malinga slower delivery for a catch to leave the Chargers at 46 for three.
Kumar Sangakkara joined Daniel Christian at the crease and the duo put on a 36-run partnership before the DC skipper was eventually given out under controversial circumstances. The left-hander edged a Munaf delivery, which dislodged the bails while ricocheting into wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s pads and again onto the stumps. The umpires initially adjudged him not-out, but after much deliberation, the decision was referred and a dejected Sangakkara (14) had to begin his long walk to the pavilion.
Christian (39), on the other hand, continued to trudge along with ease. But, the Aussie’s time in the middle was cut short when he failed to clear the ropes and holed out at long-on to give Munaf his fourth wicket of the match. The home side upped the ante at the end, with Cameron White (30*) providing some fireworks. Some consistent bowling from Malinga and Kieron Pollard at the end ensured that the Chargers finished with a modest 138 for the loss of nine wickets.
Report: Match 8 – Pune Warriors India v Kings XI Punjab
All-round PWI beat KXIP to stay unbeaten in IPL 2012
By IPL desk
Mumbai 09 April 2012
Pune Warriors India cruised to another impressive win in DLF IPL 2012 as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs here at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. It was an all-round show by PWI, who after putting up a score of 166, managed to restrict their opponents to 144, thereby becoming only the second team in the tournament to remain unbeaten.
Earlier, upon winning the toss and opting to bat first, the hosts had an ordinary start as they were reduced to 32 for two in just 4.5 overs by KXIP. Sourav Ganguly scored a streaky 18-ball 20 before he was dismissed by Dimitri Mascarenhas, while Jesse Ryder (8) was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding from Praveen Kumar.
An 81-run stand between Marlon Samuels and Robin Uthappa, nevertheless, took the Warriors past the 100-run mark and set them up for a 150-plus score. Medium-pacer Harmeet Singh then looked to bring Punjab back in the contest as he removed Samuels (46 off 39), Callum Ferguson (3) and Uthappa (40 off 33) in successive overs. However, with Harmeet being disallowed to complete the 19th over for bowling consecutive beamers, Steve Smith (25 off 12) pounded replacement Bipul Sharma for three sixes in four deliveries to help the home side finish at a competitive 166 for six in 20 overs.
KXIP had a woeful start to their innings as they lost both their openers – Paul Valthaty (1) and Adam Gilchrist (6) - to run outs before the completion of the fourth over. Some tight bowling by PWI further put the visitors under pressure. KXIP managed just 45 runs for the loss of two wickets in the first nine overs.
With the asking rate mounting, Mandeep Singh (24) and Abhishek Nayar (24) fell trying to play big shots. Rahul Sharma then accounted for David Hussey (18) and Piyush Chawla (16) with his legbreaks to reduce KXIP to 99 for six in 15.1 overs.
Bipul Sharma scored an unbeaten 35 (18 balls) batting at No. 8, but with Pune making early inroads into the visitors’ batting line-up, the hosts restricted KXIP to 144 for eight in 20 overs.
With today’s victory, the Pune Warriors India and the Rajasthan Royals are the only two teams to have won both their games in the competition. Scorecard
Man-of-the-match: Marlon Samuels for his all-round performance that included 46 off 39 balls (4x4, 2x6) and bowling figures of 4-0-23-1