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Mumbai Indians bowled well to restrict Pune Warriors to a lowly total © IANS (File Photo)

By Jaideep Vaidya

Pune: May 11, 2013

Mumbai Indians put one foot into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 playoffs after restricting the Pune Warriors India to a lowly 112 for eight at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
 
Pune were looking to stem a losing streak that has extended to their last eight matches and, as captain Aaron Finch put it at the toss, “looking forward to end our campaign on a high”. They didn’t make much headway towards that as they ambled along to a none-too-imposing total.
 
The Warriors lost their big-hitting openers, Finch (10) and Robin Uthappa (11), early, before Yuvraj Singh (33) and Manish Pandey (28) put on a watchful third-wicket partnership as Pune reached 58 for two at the halfway stage. Yuvi, in desperate need of a few runs this season, then carted Pragyan Ojha for two typical slog-sweeps over deep mid-wicket for six to raise some hopes of a good finish.
 
However, when Pandey hit Lasith Malinga’s full toss straight to Ambati Rayudu at deep mid-wicket in the 13th over, the dam was breached as Mumbai broke through. The hosts slumped from 84 for two to 112 for eight, which the powerpacked Mumbai batting line-up shouldn’t find too difficult to achieve.

Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai, bowling an economical two for eight in his four overs.

Brief scores:

Pune Warriors India 112 for 8 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 33, Manish Pandey 29; Mitchell Johnson 2 for 8) vs Mumbai Indians.

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