New Delhi: Mumbai Indians beat Pune Warriors by 41 runs in their IPL match at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.
Mitchell Johnson struck on the first ball dismiss Finch for duck in today’s game. Later, Ross Taylor was run out for just 4 runs in 184 chase.
Rohit Sharma blazed his way to an unbeaten 32-ball 62 as Mumbai Indians posted a challenging 183 for three against Pune Warriors in the 'Maharashtra Derby' of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.
Rohit, who has been known as an 'IPL specialist' smashed three fours and five sixes as the home team put up a sizeable total on a flat track at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Dinesh Karthik (41, 29 balls, 4x4, 1x6) also made significant contributions.
But it was Rohit, who went all-out in the final few overs helping Mumbai Indians amass 109 runs in the back 10 after having scored 72 at the halfway stage. With Ashoke Dinda (0/63 in 4 overs) leaking runs with monotonic regularity, MI managed 68 in the final five overs. Rohit and Kieron Pollard (19 no) added those runs in only 4.5 overs.
Dinda, in fact, has now equalled the worst bowling figure in the IPL history alongside Varun Aaron.
Tendulkar was in his element as he looked in a mood to enthrall the packed crowd with his dazzling strokeplay.
Four consecutive boundaries off Ashoke Dinda, followed by a huge six off Rahul Sharma, showed that the legendary batsman wanted to make it count after failing in the earlier games.
But his attractive innings of 44 was cut short by part-time left-arm slow bowler Aaron Finch. Tendulkar hit seven fours and a six in his 29-ball knock.
The pair of Tendulkar and skipper Ricky Ponting (13) posted the 50-run opening partnership in 6.3 overs, but the bulk of runs were scored by the former. His onslaught against Dinda set the ball rolling.
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga.
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa, Aaron Finch, Ross Taylor, Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Abhishek Nayar, Tirumalsetti Suman, Mitchell Marsh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda.