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The Pune Warriors India have lost in heart breaking fashion as they failed to chase down a score of just 120 set by the Mumbai Indians. This looked like a game that the Warriors should have in the bag after they restricted Mumbai to a low score, but the stadium has long boundaries in parts and it proved to be a game where boundaries were elusive.

Pune’s top order should have had the ability to chase down a target that was required only a run rate of a run per ball, but Robin Uthappa, Jesse Ryder, Michael Clarke, Sourav Ganguly and Steve Smith failed to have an impact. Smith’s dismissal left the scored at 47-4 with 10 overs gone and suddenly the Warriors India were looking in serious trouble. A partnership between Ganguly and Mithun Manhas recovered the score a bit, but when Ganguly was out, it was left to Manhas to try and lead Pune to victory.

Manhas’ 42 not out off of 34 balls represented an excellent effort from the young Indian, but he had just a little bit too much work to do and didn’t get quite enough support from the lower order batsmen.

Still, this was a game that Pune appeared to have in the bag needing just 16 runs off of the last two overs. Lasith Malinga stepped up and demonstrated why he is regarded by many as the best twenty20 bowler in the business. He came away with figures of 2-25 from his four overs and conceded just four runs off of the penultimate over of the match. Munaf Patel stepped up and conceded 10 runs off of the final over as Mumbai stole a single run victory.

The hard work was done by Mumbai’s spinners though. Harbhajan Singh led from the front taking 2-18 off of his four overs and Pragyan Ohja finished with figures of 1-24 off of his four. This was a team bowling effort from a Mumbai side battling to make its semi-final berth secure after an up and down start.

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mumbai deserves the credit for the win. pune batsmen fared poorly


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