Mumbai: Sahara Pune Warriors faced a humiliating defeat by 21 runs at the hands of Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday. Chasing a total of 161, Warriors bowed down before another sparkling performance by Malinga. Manish Pandey was the only batsman who kept hopes of Warriors alive with his 47-ball 59.

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Mumbaikars made a firm grip on Warriors as they bowled out the top three batsmen and created an enormous pressure on guests.  

Mumabaikars made a firm grip on Warriors as they bowled out the top three batsmen and created an enormous pressure on guests.

A blitzkrieg 30 off 20 balls by blustering Kieron Pollard propelled Mumbai Indians to set a gigantic 162 target in front of Sahara Pune Warriors in their IPL match here on Wednesday. 

Sahara Pune Warriors spoiled the Mumbai Indians party as their top order stumped in front of guest’s bowling rage.

Once again Warrior’s Rahul Sharma did it for his team as he scalped man in form Rohit Sharma on his witty flighted ball. 

Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar (24) tried to hook on the off-side, but a magnificent catch by Jesse Ryder showed Master way to the pavilion.

Sahara Pune Warriors skipper Yuvraj Singh has won the toss and decided to field against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League encounter in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.

Yuvraj Singh’s Pune Warriors will take on table-toppers Sachin Tendulkar led Mumbai Indians.

Pune Warriors started their campaign in great fashion winning the first two games but six straight losses ended their hopes for making the knock-outs.

Warriors have a good bowling line-up with the likes of Jerome Taylor, Wayne Parnell, Thomas Alfonso, Murali Kartik and Rahul Sharma in the squad.

The bowlers have usually managed to keep the opposition quite and are expected to do well against a strong batting line up of the Indians.

Pune's bane has been their batting despite having several good players. Yuvraj Singh is the only player to have got the runs consistently but the likes of Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa and Manish Pandey have failed to convert the starts into a match-winning score.

Sourav Ganguly has been included in the squad in place of the injured Ashish Nehra to bolster the batting but he will not be able to play Wednesday's game.

Mumbai, who have one of the best balanced sides in the competition, will be more than confident of keeping the Pune batting under check.

Lasith Malinga leads the wicket-takers' charts while Munaf Patel has been miserly and chipped in with wickets regularly.

Harbhajan Singh has also got back into form and Murtuza Ali and Abu Nechim have provided good support along with Kieron Pollard.

The batting too is in good form with Sachin Tendulkar leading the scoring charts for this season and Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma have also put in vital contributions.

Big-hitting Kieron Pollard and Andrew Symonds have also done well in the opportunities they have got and will be looking to continue their form.

Mumbai are certain to be very strong for the Warriors unless Yuvraj Singh spends a lot of time in the middle and gets some much-needed support from the other batsmen.

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Teams (from):

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds, Davy Jacobs, James Franklin, Dilhara Fernando, Ray Price, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Ali Murtaza, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pawan Suyal, R Satish, Sarul Kanwar, Suryakumar Yadav, T Suman, Yuzvendra Singh Chahai.

Pune Warriors: Yuvraj Singh (captain), Robin Uthappa, Murali Kartik, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Deeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ganesh Gaikwad, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Harshad Khadiwale, Kamran Khan, Mithun Manhas, Mohnish Mishra, Rahul Sharma, Sachin Rana, Shrikant Wagh, Shrikant Mundhe, Imtiyaz Ahmed, Jesse Ryder, Graeme Smith, Wayne Parnell, Alphonso Thomas, Tim Paine, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Marsh, Jerome Taylor, James Faulkner.

(JPN)