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Rajasthan Royals make 88/1 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Ajinkya Rahane of Rajasthan Royals in action in a match against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on April 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Ajinkya Rahane of Rajasthan Royals in action in a match against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on April 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Rajasthan Royals made 88 for one in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 23rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Opting to bat first, the home team got off to a good start, with openers Shane Watrson (31) and Ajinkya Rahane adding 62 fr the first wicket. Watson left in the eighth over, caught behind by Karthik off Kieron Pollard. His 31 came off 25 balls and included a six and five fours.
 
At the half-way mark, Rahane (34) and Dishant Yagnik (25) were at the crease.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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Mumbai Indians thrash Pune Warriors by 41 runs

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League  in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. .Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Mumbai Indians today thrashed Pune Warriors by 41 runs in the 15th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians, powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by Rohit Sharma, posted 183 for three from their 20 overs.
 
Their bowlers then restricted Pune Warriors to 142 for eight in their 20 overs before a large and loud crowd that continuously rooted for the home team.
 
For Mumbai Indians, openers Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Ricky Ponting (14) put on 54 for the first wicket in 7.1 overs before they departed in quick succession.
 
Dinesh Karthik (41) then took control before Sharma came into his own and hit the Pune bowlers all over the ground. Kieron Pollard stayed unbeaten with 19.
 
For Pune Warriors, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Mitchell Marsh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Yuvraj Singh (24) and T L Suman (23) made some effort to shore up the Pune innings after the first three wickets fell for just 13, but the Mumbai Indians clearly had wrested the initiative and never gave the visitors a chance.
 
Mitchell Marsh indulged in some lusty hitting to topscore for Pune Warriors with 38, while skipper Angelo Mathews made 19.
 
Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers with 3 for 33, while Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga and Kieron Pollard picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Mumbai Indians now have three wins from four outings, while Pune Warriors have lost three of their four engagements so far.
 
It was not going to be an easy chase, and Pune Warriors got off to a bad start as Aaron Finch was bowled by Mitchell Johnson off the very first ball of the innings, a fast inswinger.
 
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Ross Taylor tried to make light of that early setback, guiding Johnson past point for four. He, however, did not last very long, run out off the first ball of the next over from Pragyan Ojha. Uthappa had pulled the ball to square leg and Taylor had committed himself to a single but was sent back. The throw to the bowler's end found him short of his crease.
 
Uthappa hit a short one from Ojha over square leg for four as he tried to keep the scoreboard moving. But it was not his day oday and he departed a little later, bowled by Johnson for seven.
 
T Suman, the new man in, tried to assert his authority as he slammed Johnson for two consecutive fours off the first two balls he faced, both to the third man area.
 
Harbhajan Singh came on and sent down five tight deliveries before Suman swept him to fine leg for four. Suman then cracked Lasith Malinga for four through cover as the visitors reached 34 for three after five overs, and still needing 150 runs.
 
Suman lifted Harbhajan Singh for four over backward point in the next over. He was gone the next ball, caught by Kieron Pollard at long-on after making 23 with the help of five fours.
 
Rishi Dhawan came on to bowl and Yuvraj Singh, on whom now rested a major responsibility, got  a thick edge that went past the wicket-keeper for four. The batsmen then hoisted Pollard over deep backward square leg for a six. The bowler conceded 11 runs in that over. In Dhawan's next over, Yuvraj lifted him into the stands beyond the ropes at long-on.
 
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Yuvraj fell in the next over, caught by Dhawan off Pollard at deep mid-wicket. His 24 came off 16 balls with the help of two sixes and one four. At the end of ten overs, Pune Indians were clearly struggling at 72 for five, with 112 runs needed from the remaining 60 balls.
 
After a couple of quiet overs, Mathews (19, 1x6) hit Ojha for six over deep mid-wicket, only to get caught by Sharma off the next ball.
 
Marsh swept Harbhajan Singh over deep mid-wicket for six and then swung Johnson deep into the crowd over square leg. He followed this up with a swing that got the top edge and went flying over the wicket-keeper's head for four. At the end of 15 overs, Pune Warriors were on 118 for six.
 
Abhishek Nayar was caught by Pollard off Malinga after making just six. Marsh continued to make a game effort as he hit a low full toss from Johnson over extra cover for four. Three balls alter, he was gone, caught by Dhawan at sweeper cover. His 38 came off 26 balls and included two sixes and two fours.
 
Five runs came off the 18th over, and Pune Warriors were still 52 runs behind and the rest of the proceedings were only of academic interest. 
 
In the first session, Ponting and Tendulkar, who have failed to get among the runs in this tournament so far, except for the 52-run opening stand in their first match against Royal Challengers, began on an aggressive note today. Aaron Finch opened the attack with his slow left-armers, and conceded only three in his first over.
 
Ponting took two fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the next, first a thin inside edge past wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa and then over mid-wicket.
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Ashok Dinda came on next, and Tendulkar hit him for four consecutive fours, and suddenly the stadium came alive. This was vintage stuff, the kind of action they had come to see. The first one went past the fielder at short fine-leg, the second a back-foot stroke thorugh extra cover, the third a thick edge behind point and finally a powerful shot mid-off.
 
Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought in, and Tendulkar came up with a shot past the non-striker for four. Skipper Angelo Mathews conceded only two runs in his first over, as Mumbai Indians reached 37/0 at the end of five overs.
 
Tendulkar survived an easy chance when Yuvraj Singh failed to reach the ball at mid-on and also allowed it to go through him to the boundary. The little master celebrated it with a huge six over deep mid-wicket off the next ball.
 
Two singles off Mathews in the next over brought up the 50 of the innings. In the next, Ponting fell to Yuvraj's first ball, caught by Kumar at backward point. Ponting made 14 off 17 balls, with two fours and Mumbai Indians were 54/1 in 7.1 overs.
 
Finch was brought back, and off his first ball, a low full toss on leg, Tendulkar got four. Off the next, he was gone, aiming for a big shot and ending up offering a catch to Mitchell Marsh at the long-on boundary. His 44 came off 29 balls and included one six and seven fours.
 
Dinesh Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, hit a short one from Kumar to behind square leg for four, as Mumbai Indians reached 72 for 2 in 10 overs.
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Rohit Sharma got four through a thick edge off Rahul Sharma in the next over. At the other end, Karthik smashed Yuvraj for two consecutive fours, one over mid-wicket and the other over extra cover.
 
Rahul Sharma conceded only two runs in the 13th over, before Rohit Sharma lifted Mathews over fine-leg for six in an over that yielded 12 runs.
 
Dinda was back in the attack and Karthik came up with a scorching shot past the bowler, who did not attempt to get in the way. Off the last ball of that over, Abhishek Nayar could not hold on to the ball as he ran in from sweeper cover and dived forward, to give Sharma a chance. Eleven runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians reached 115 for two at the end of 15 overs.
 
Marsh came on at this stage, and claimed Karthik straightaway, trapped leg before wicket with an off-cutter. Karthik's 41 came off 29 balls and included one six and four fours. He added 55 runs for the third wicket in the company of Sharma.
 
Sharma was in his elements now as he hammered Dinda for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then over wide long-on in an over that fetched them 19 runs in all.
 
Kieron Pollard, the new man in, decided to let loose, too, and he hit Marsh for four to the deep square leg fence and then sent him soaring over deep mid-wicket for six. Sharma then hit a full toss from the bowler wide off third man for four and hoisted him over long-off for six. Mumbai Indians gathered 21 runs in that over.
 
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Sharma turned Mathews to the deep extra cover boundary for four in the 19th over, which yielded nine runs in all.
 
Dinda came on for the last over, and Sharma hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then wide of deep mid-wicket. The batsmen scored 16 runs from that over as they set Pune Warriors a stiff target of 184.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Kumar b Yuvraj Singh 14
Sachin Tendulkar c Marsh b Finch 44
Dinesh Karthik lbw Marsh 41
Rohit Sharma not out 61
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Ponting, 7.1 overs), 2-60 (Tendulkar, 8.2), 3-115 (Karthik, 15.1)
Bowling:
Aaron Finch 2-0-11-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-0-16-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-63-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-27-0
Angel Mathews 4-0-29-0
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-13-1
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-24-1
 
Pune Warriors
Aaron Finch b Johnson 0
Robin Uthappa b Johnson 7
Ross Taylor run out (Rayudu/Ojha) 4
Yuvraj Singh c Dhawan b Pollard 24
Tirumalasetti Suman c Pollard b Harbhajan Singh 23
Angelo Mathews c Sharma b Ojha 19
Mitchell Marsh c Dhawan b Johnson 38
Abhishek Nayar c Pollard b Malinga 6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar not out 6
Rohit Sharma not out 10
Extras (lb 1, w 4) 5
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 142
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Finch, 0.1 overs), 2-5 (Taylor, 1.1), 3-13 (Uthappa, 2.3), 4-38 (Suman, 5.2), 5-71 (Yuvraj Singh, 9.4), 6-89 (Mathews, 12.2), 7-120 (Nayar, 15.3), 8-127 (Marsh, 16.4)
Bowling:
Pragyan Ojha 2-0-20-1
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-20-1
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-33-3
Lasith Malinga 4-0-22-1
Rishi Dhawan 4-0-27-0
Kieron Pollard 3-0-19-1
 
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Chasing 184, Pune Warriors make 72/5 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League  in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. .Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing a stiff target of 184 for a win, Pune Warriors were struggling at 72 for five wickets after the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 15th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
 
Yuvraj Singh (24) and T L Suman (23) made some effort to shore up the innings after the first three wickets fell for just 13, but the Mumbai Indians clearly had wrested the initiative.
 
The other Pune wickets to fall were those of Aaron Finch (0), Robin Uttappa (7) and Ross Taylor (4).
 
At the half-way mark, skipper Angelo Mathews (9) and Mitchell Marsh (1) were at the crease.
 
Earlier, powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians, opting to bat first, posted 183 for three in their 20 overs.
 
Openers Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Ricky Ponting (14) added 54 for the first wicket in 7.1 overs before they departed in quick succession.
 
Dinesh Karthik (41) then took control before Sharma came into his own and hit the Pune bowlers all over the ground. Kieron Pollard stayed unbeaten with 19.
 
For Pune Warriors, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Mitchell Marsh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
It was not going to be an easy chase, and Pune Warriors got off to a bad start as Aaron Finch was bowled by Mitchell Johnson off the very first ball of the innings, a fast inswinger.
 
Ross Taylor tried to make light of that early setback, guiding Johnson past point for four. He, however, did not last very long, run out off the first ball of the next over from Pragyan Ojha. Uthappa had pulled the ball to square leg and Taylor had committed himself to a single but was sent back. The throw to the bowler's end found him short of his crease.
 
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Uthappa hit a short one from Ojha over square leg for four as he tried to keep the scoreboard moving. But it was not his day oday and he departed a little later, bowled by Johnson for seven.
 
T Suman, the new man in, tried to assert his authority as he slammed Johnson for two consecutive fours off the first two balls he faced, both to the third man area.
 
Harbhajan Singh came on and sent down five tight deliveries before Suman swept him to fine leg for four. Suman then cracked Lasith Malinga for four through cover as the visitors reached 34 for three after five overs, and still needing 150 runs.
 
Suman lifted Harbhajan Singh for four over backward point in the next over. He was gone the next ball, caught by Kieron Pollard at long-on after making 23 with the help of five fours.
 
Rishi Dhawan came on to bowl and Yuvraj Singh, on whom now rested a major responsibility, got  a thick edge that went past the wicket-keeper for four. The batsmen then hoisted Pollard over deep backward square leg for a six. The bowler conceded 11 runs in that over. In Dhawan's next over, Yuvraj lifted him into the stands beyond the ropes at long-on.
 
Yuvraj fell in the next over, caught by Dhawan off Pollard at deep mid-wicket. His 24 came off 16 balls with the help of two sixes and one four. At the end of ten overs, Pune Indians were clearly struggling at 72 for five, with 112 runs needed from the remaining 60 balls.
 
In the first session, Ponting and Tendulkar, who have failed to get among the runs in this tournament so far, except for the 52-run opening stand in their first match against Royal Challengers, began on an aggressive note today. Aaron Finch opened the attack with his slow left-armers, and conceded only three in his first over.
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Ponting took two fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the next, first a thin inside edge past wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa and then over mid-wicket.
 
Ashok Dinda came on next, and Tendulkar hit him for four consecutive fours, and suddenly the stadium came alive. This was vintage stuff, the kind of action they had come to see. The first one went past the fielder at short fine-leg, the second a back-foot stroke thorugh extra cover, the third a thick edge behind point and finally a powerful shot mid-off.
 
Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought in, and Tendulkar came up with a shot past the non-striker for four. Skipper Angelo Mathews conceded only two runs in his first over, as Mumbai Indians reached 37/0 at the end of five overs.
 
Tendulkar survived an easy chance when Yuvraj Singh failed to reach the ball at mid-on and also allowed it to go through him to the boundary. The little master celebrated it with a huge six over deep mid-wicket off the next ball.
 
Two singles off Mathews in the next over brought up the 50 of the innings. In the next, Ponting fell to Yuvraj's first ball, caught by Kumar at backward point. Ponting made 14 off 17 balls, with two fours and Mumbai Indians were 54/1 in 7.1 overs.
 
Finch was brought back, and off his first ball, a low full toss on leg, Tendulkar got four. Off the next, he was gone, aiming for a big shot and ending up offering a catch to Mitchell Marsh at the long-on boundary. His 44 came off 29 balls and included one six and seven fours.
 
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Dinesh Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, hit a short one from Kumar to behind square leg for four, as Mumbai Indians reached 72 for 2 in 10 overs.
 
Rohit Sharma got four through a thick edge off Rahul Sharma in the next over. At the other end, Karthik smashed Yuvraj for two consecutive fours, one over mid-wicket and the other over extra cover.
 
Rahul Sharma conceded only two runs in the 13th over, before Rohit Sharma lifted Mathews over fine-leg for six in an over that yielded 12 runs.
 
Dinda was back in the attack and Karthik came up with a scorching shot past the bowler, who did not attempt to get in the way. Off the last ball of that over, Abhishek Nayar could not hold on to the ball as he ran in from sweeper cover and dived forward, to give Sharma a chance. Eleven runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians reached 115 for two at the end of 15 overs.
 
Marsh came on at this stage, and claimed Karthik straightaway, trapped leg before wicket with an off-cutter. Karthik's 41 came off 29 balls and included one six and four fours. He added 55 runs for the third wicket in the company of Sharma.
 
Sharma was in his elements now as he hammered Dinda for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then over wide long-on in an over that fetched them 19 runs in all.
 
Kieron Pollard, the new man in, decided to let loose, too, and he hit Marsh for four to the deep square leg fence and then sent him soaring over deep mid-wicket for six. Sharma then hit a full toss from the bowler wide off third man for four and hoisted him over long-off for six. Mumbai Indians gathered 21 runs in that over.
 
Sharma turned Mathews to the deep extra cover boundary for four in the 19th over, which yielded nine runs in all.
 
Dinda came on for the last over, and Sharma hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then wide of deep mid-wicket. The batsmen scored 16 runs from that over as they set Pune Warriors a stiff target of 184.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Kumar b Yuvraj Singh 14
Sachin Tendulkar c Marsh b Finch 44
Dinesh Karthik lbw Marsh 41
Rohit Sharma not out 61
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Ponting, 7.1 overs), 2-60 (Tendulkar, 8.2), 3-115 (Karthik, 15.1)
Bowling:
Aaron Finch 2-0-11-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-0-16-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-63-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-27-0
Angel Mathews 4-0-29-0
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-13-1
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-24-1
 
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Sharma hits unbeaten 62 as Mumbai Indians post 183/3 against Pune Warriors

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League  in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. .Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by a superb unbeaten 62 by Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians posted 183 for three in their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the 15th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Openers Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Ricky Ponting (14) set the tone for the innings as they added 54 for the first wicket in 7.1 overs before they departed in quick succession.
 
Dinesh Karthik (41) then took control before Sharma came into his own and hit the Pune bowlers all over the ground. Kieron Pollard stayed unbeaten with 19.
 
For Pune Warriors, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh and Mitchell Marsh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Ponting and Tendulkar, who have failed to get among the runs in this tournament so far, except for the 52-run opening stand in their first match against Royal Challengers, began on an aggressive note today. Aaron Finch opened the attack with his slow left-armers, and conceded only three in his first over.
 
Ponting took two fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the next, first a thin inside edge past wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa and then over mid-wicket.
 
Ashok Dinda came on next, and Tendulkar hit him for four consecutive fours, and suddenly the stadium came alive. This was vintage stuff, the kind of action they had come to see. The first one went past the fielder at short fine-leg, the second a back-foot stroke through extra cover, the third a thick edge behind point and finally a powerful shot mid-off.
 
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Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought in, and Tendulkar came up with a shot past the non-striker for four. Skipper Angelo Mathews conceded only two runs in his first over, as Mumbai Indians reached 37/0 at the end of five overs.
 
Tendulkar survived an easy chance when Yuvraj Singh failed to reach the ball at mid-on and also allowed it to go through him to the boundary. The little master celebrated it with a huge six over deep mid-wicket off the next ball.
 
Two singles off Mathews in the next over brought up the 50 of the innings. In the next, Ponting fell to Yuvraj's first ball, caught by Kumar at backward point. Ponting made 14 off 17 balls, with two fours and Mumbai Indians were 54/1 in 7.1 overs.
 
Finch was brought back, and off his first ball, a low full toss on leg, Tendulkar got four. Off the next, he was gone, aiming for a big shot and ending up offering a catch to Mitchell Marsh at the long-on boundary. His 44 came off 29 balls and included one six and seven fours.
 
Dinesh Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, hit a short one from Kumar to behind square leg for four, as Mumbai Indians reached 72 for 2 in 10 overs.
 
Rohit Sharma got four through a thick edge off Rahul Sharma in the next over. At the other end, Karthik smashed Yuvraj for two consecutive fours, one over mid-wicket and the other over extra cover.
 
Rahul Sharma conceded only two runs in the 13th over, before Rohit Sharma lifted Mathews over fine-leg for six in an over that yielded 12 runs.
 
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Dinda was back in the attack and Karthik came up with a scorching shot past the bowler, who did not attempt to get in the way. Off the last ball of that over, Abhishek Nayar could not hold on to the ball as he ran in from sweeper cover and dived forward, to give Sharma a chance. Eleven runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians reached 115 for two at the end of 15 overs.
 
Marsh came on at this stage, and claimed Karthik straightaway, trapped leg before wicket with an off-cutter. Karthik's 41 came off 29 balls and included one six and four fours. He added 55 runs for the third wicket in the company of Sharma.
 
Sharma was in his elements now as he hammered Dinda for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then over wide long-on in an over that fetched them 19 runs in all.
 
Kieron Pollard, the new man in, decided to let loose, too, and he hit Marsh for four to the deep square leg fence and then sent him soaring over deep mid-wicket for six. Sharma then hit a full toss from the bowler wide off third man for four and hoisted him over long-off for six. Mumbai Indians gathered 21 runs in that over.
 
Sharma turned Mathews to the deep extra cover boundary for four in the 19th over, which yielded nine runs in all.
 
Dinda came on for the last over, and Sharma hit him for two consecutive sixes, first over long-off and then wide of deep mid-wicket. The batsmen scored 16 runs from that over as they set Pune Warriors a stiff target of 184. The Mumbai Indians made 68 off the last five overs.
 
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Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Kumar b Yuvraj Singh 14
Sachin Tendulkar c Marsh b Finch 44
Dinesh Karthik lbw Marsh 41
Rohit Sharma not out 62
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Extras (w 2, nb 1) 3
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-54 (Ponting, 7.1 overs), 2-60 (Tendulkar, 8.2), 3-115 (Karthik, 15.1)
Bowling:
Aaron Finch 2-0-11-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-0-16-0
Ashok Dinda 4-0-63-0
Rahul Sharma 4-0-27-0
Angel Mathews 4-0-29-0
Yuvraj Singh 2-0-13-1
Mitchell Marsh 2-0-24-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 72/2 from first 10 overs against Pune Warriors

Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League  in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. .Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Sachin Tendulkar of Mumbai Indians in action during their match against Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on April 13, 2013. .Photo by Pal Pillai-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Mumbai Indians made 72 for two from the first 10 of their 20 overs against Pune Warriors in the 15th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Openers Sachin Tendulkar (44) and Ricky Ponting (14) added 54 for the first wicket in 7.1 overs before they departed in quick succession.
 
At the half-way mark, Dinesh Karthik (10) and Rohit Sharma (8) were at the crease.
 
Ponting and Tendulkar, who have failed to get among the runs in this tournament so far, except for the 52-run opening stand in their first match against Royal Challengers, began on an aggressive note today. Aaron Finch opened the attack with his slow left-armers, and conceded only three in his first over.
 
Ponting took two fours off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the next, first a thin inside edge past wicket-keeper Robin Uthappa and then over mid-wicket.
 
Ashok Dinda came on next, and Tendulkar hit him for four consecutive fours, and suddenly the stadium came alive. This was vintage stuff, the kind of action they had come to see. The first one went past the fielder at short fine-leg, the second a back-foot stroke thorugh extra cover, the third a thick edge behind point and finally a powerful shot mid-off.
 
Leg-break bowler Rahul Sharma was brought in, and Tendulkar came up with a shot past the non-striker for four. Skipper Angelo Mathews conceded only two runs in his first over, as Mumbai Indians reached 37/0 at the end of five overs.
 
Tendulkar survived an easy chance when Yuvraj Singh failed to reach the ball at mid-on and also allowed it to go through him to the boundary. The little master celebrated it with a huge six over deep mid-wicket off the next ball.
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Two singles off Mathews in the next over brought up the 50 of the innings. In the next, Ponting fell to Yuvraj's first ball, caught by Kumar at backward point. Ponting made 14 off 17 balls, with two fours and Mumbai Indians were 54/1 in 7.1 overs.
 
Finch was brought back, and off his first ball, a low full toss on leg, Tendulkar got four. Off the next, he was gone, aiming for a big shot and ending up offering a catch to Mitchell Marsh at the long-on boundary. His 44 came off 29 balls and included one six and seven fours.
 
Dinesh Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, hit a short one from Kumar to behind square leg for four, as Mumbai Indians reached 72 for 2 in 10 overs.
 
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Mumbai Indians opt to bat against Pune Warriors

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Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first against Pune Warriors in the 15th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Both sides did not make any changes from the winning combinations of their previous matches.

Mumbai Indians have won two of three previous outings so far while Pune Warriors have one win and two losses.

The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga
 
Pune Warriors: Robin Uthappa (wicketkeeper), Aaron Finch, Ross Taylor, Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews (captain), Abhishek Nayar, Tirumalsetti Suman, Mitchell Marsh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda
 
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L&T to buy out Komatsu’s 50% stake in L&T-Komatsu Limited

Infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) today announced that it would acquire the 50 per cent stake in L&T-Komatsu Limited (LTK) held by Komatsu Asia & Pacific Pte Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd. (Komatsu), Japan.

With this buy-out, LTK will become a wholly owned subsidiary of L&T, a press release from the company said.
 
LTK will continue to manufacture construction equipment and hydraulic components. Komatsu will be responsible for the production of Komatsu equipment including hydraulic excavators, it said.
 
"As a result of this transaction, the companies expect to be able to provide premium products and services to customers, and maintain leadership position in construction & mining equipment business, offering state-of-the art machines with highest level of quality and latest designs from Komatsu. L&T will continue to be responsible for marketing, sales and product support in India for the Komatsu range of products, assuring customers of the highest level of support," the release added.
 
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SBI raises $1 billion through dollar bond issuance

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State Bank of India (SBI), the country's largest lender, today said it had successfully priced a $ 1 billion bond issue at a spread of 255 bps over the 5-year US Treasury, equivalent to a price of 99.904% and yield of 3.271 per cent per annum.

The issue, which opened and closed for subscription late Thursday night, received over 250 bids for the senior unsecured bonds due 2018, sources said.
 
The offering, rated Baa2 by Moody's and BBB- by Standard and Poor's, marks SBI’s third US dollar bond issuance in the Section 144A / Reg S offering format.
 
The offering will be denominated in US dollars, and will a bear fixed interest of 3.250% per annum. The notes will mature on April 18, 2018.
 
SBI's Managing Director and Group Executive (International Banking) Mr. Hemant Contractor said: “We are extremely pleased with the strong interest shown by top global investors in the Offering. In the backdrop of a volatile global environment, the transaction was well executed in the short time window available.”
 
In terms of allocations, Asia-based investors received 56% of the allocation while US investors were allocated 24% and European investors were allocated the remaining 20%. 
 
In terms of investor type, asset managers were allocated for 44% of the deal, banks 29%, private banks 14%, insurance funds 8% and others were allocated 5%, a press release from SBI said.
 
"SBI is very pleased that the transaction received such success and the strength of the order book and the fine pricing reflects the level of investors’ confidence in the SBI credit," SBI's Chairman Mr. Pratip Chaudhuri said.
 
BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, and SBI Capital Markets acted as Joint Lead Managers for the offering, the release added.
 
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India's industrial production growth slows down to 0.6% in February 2013

India's industrial production growth slowed down to 0.6 per cent in February 2013 as compared to the level in the same month of the previous year, an official statement said here today.

Industrial output had grown by 2.4 per cent in January 2013 after dipping to 0.49 per cent in December 2012 and 0.83 per cent in November. Industrial production had grown by an impressive 8.4 per cent in October, 2012.
 
The Quick Estimates of Index of Industrial Production (IIP) with base 2004-05 for February 2013, released here today by the Central Statistics Office of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, said the General Index for the month stood at 176.2.
 
The cumulative growth for the period April-February 2012-13 over the corresponding period of the previous year stood at 0.9%.
 
According to the statement, the Indices of Industrial Production for the Mining, Manufacturing and Electricity sectors for the month of February 2013 stood at 124.0, 190.9 and 140.5, respectively, with the corresponding growth rates of  (-) 8.1%, 2.2% and (-) 3.2% as compared to February 2013.
 
The cumulative growth in the three sectors during April-February 2012-13 over the corresponding period of 2011-12 was (-) 2.5%, 1.0% and 4.0%, respectively.
 
It said that 13 of the 22 industry groups in the manufacturing sector had shown positive growth during February 2013 as compared to the corresponding month of the previous year.
 
The industry group ‘Electrical machinery and apparatus n.e.c.’ showed the highest positive growth of 73.0%, followed by 18.5% in ‘Wearing apparel; dressing and dyeing of fur’ and 12.6% in ‘Luggage, handbags, saddlery, harness & footwear; tanning and dressing of leather products’. On the other hand, the group ‘Medical, precision & optical instruments, watches and clocks’ showed a negative growth of 27.6% followed by 25.6% in ‘Publishing, printing and reproduction of recorded media’ and 17.8% in ‘Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers’.
 
The growth rates in February 2013 over February 2012 were (-) 1.8% in Basic goods, 9.5% in Capital goods and (-) 0.7% in Intermediate goods. Consumer durables and Consumer non-durables recorded growth of (-) 2.7% and 2.9% respectively, with the overall growth in Consumer goods being 0.5%.
 
Some of the important items which showed high positive growth during February 2013 over the same month in previous year include ‘Cashew Kernels’ (83.4%), ‘Apparels’ (16.0%), ‘Leather Garments’ (39.6%), ‘Vitamins’ (121.2%), ‘Heat Exchangers’ (61.5%),  ‘Conductor, Aluminium’ (66.0%), ‘Cable, Rubber Insulated’ (188.5%), ‘Generator/ Alternator’ (47.9%) and ‘Ship Building & Repairs’ (105.4%).
                       
Important items which showed high negative growth are: ‘Biscuits’ [(-) 26.8%], ‘Polythene Bags including Hdpe & Ldpe Bags’ [(-) 44.5%] ‘Grinding wheels’ [(-) 34.2%], ‘Stampings & Forgings’ [(-) 24.4%], ‘Razor Blades/ Safety Blades’ [(-) 32.6%], ‘Fasteners’  [(-) 27.6%], ‘Tractors (complete)’ [(-) 19.4%], ‘Machine Tools’ [(-) 51.9%], ‘Earth Moving Machinery’ [(-) 20.0%] and ‘Commercial Vehicles’ [(-) 23.6%].
 
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Office space absorption in 2013 Q1 up 37%: CBRE report

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Prime office space absorption across key cities in India witnessed a 37 per cent increase in the first quarter (Q1) of 2013 as commpared to the same period of 2012, a report by commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE said.

The quarterly India Office Market View  said the prime office space segment across these cities were witnessing an improvement in sentiment from last year.
 
The report said transaction activity during Q1 2013 was dominated by Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and National Capital Region (NCR), representing about 90% of the total transacted space during the quarter. 
 
"Occupier focus continued to be on consolidation and more efficient use of existing portfolio. Transactions took much longer to conclude and majority of the demand was for smaller floor plate sizes," a press release from CBRE said.
 
However the q-o-q figures showed a decline of approximately 6% when compared to 7 million sq.ft. absorption in Q4, 2012, it sai.
 
"This is a positive sign for the Indian economy reflecting business expansion along with consolidation," Mr. Anshuman Magazine, Chairman and Managing Director of CBRE, South Asia Pvt. Ltd, said.
 
"This also indicates that the downward trajectory should be plateauing in the near future. However the Indian office market will continue to take cues from the existing economic sentiment globally and within the country and it is too early in the year to take a position on the market performance," he said.
 
The report said rental values continued to witness downward pressures across most micro-markets as occupier expansion faced cost pressures and consolidation continued to be the key theme. Rents were stable in suburban office markets such as Gurgaon, Noida, Outer Ring Road, Whitefield, Hitec City and Gachibowli, among others. It is anticipated that downward pressure will continue to persist in most markets in the country in a short to medium term, it said.
 
"With cost reduction being a primary concern, occupier sentiment remained cautious amidst the present economic outlook, which continued to have a negative impact on leasing activity across most micro-markets. Majority of the corporates continued to review expansion plans and looked at improving existing space utilisation to control costs," the release said.
 
"Demand is expected to weaken in most markets and majority of the leasing deals are likely to be for small and medium sized office space. Supply levels should continue to exert pressure on rental movement and market recovery in most micro-markets," it sai. 
 
India Office Market View provides a summary of office rents across key cities in India. It includes average rental rates for the coming quarter as well as an outlook for the next quarter. The report also covers Grade A office space rentals across NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Kolkata.
 
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Coast Guard's new Air Cushion Vehicle commissioned in Mumbai

The newly-commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191, in Mumbai harbour on April 9, 2013. Read story.
The newly-commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191, in Mumbai harbour on April 9, 2013.
Read story.The newly-commissioned Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191, in Mumbai harbour on April 9, 2013.

Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191 commissioned in Mumbai

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Indian Coast Guard Ship H-191, the fifth in a series of twelve Air Cushion Vehicles (ACVs), was commissioned in Mumbai on Tuesday by Vice-Admiral Anurag G Thapliyal, Director General of Indian Coast Guard.

The 21 metre-long ACV with 31 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots.  It is capable of undertaking multifarious tasks such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to small boats/craft in distress at sea. 
 
The ACV will be based at Okha in Gujarat under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard Region (North-West). 
 
The hovercraft is commanded by Commandant I J Singh and has a crew of two officers and eleven enrolled personnel. 
 
The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General S P S Basra, Commander Coast Guard Region (West) and other dignitaries from Central and State Government, an official press release added.
 
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Mumbai Indians thrash Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs

Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians overwhelmed Delhi Daredevils by 44 runs in the tenth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted an imposing 209 for five from their 20 over -- the highest total in the tournament so far this season, powered by a belligerent 86 by Dinesh Larthik and a superb unbeaten 74 by Rohit Sharma.
 
Karthik was chosen Man of the Match.
 
The home team then restricted the visitors to 165 for nine in their 20 overs to hand them down their third straight defeat in the tournament.
 
For Mumbai Indians, this was their second win in three outings so far.
 
The Delhi Daredevils never were able to get on course in the chase, faced as they were with a daunting target, and their show would have been much worse were it not for a fighting 61 by opener David Warner and an impressive 49 by Manprit Juneja. Morne Morkel made a game effort towards the end with his unbeaten 23, but it was not enough today. Irfan Pathan (10) was the only other Delhi batsman to get into double figures.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Mitchel Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Kieron Pollard picked up two wickets apiece, while Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga took one each.
 
Earlier, In the first session, Mumbai Indians recovered from a disastrous start to post an imposing 209 for five. The home team lost their star openers, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar with just one run on the board in 1.3 overs.
 
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But then Karthik and Sharma got together and unleashed a veritable blitzkrieg that had the Daredevils shell-shocked and the huge home crowd delirious with joy. 
 
The pair added 132 runs for the third wicket off just 79 balls. Karthik's 86 came off only 48 balls and included two sixes an 14 fours, while Sharma's 74 not out was made off 50 bals with the help of five sixes and four fours.
 
Ambati Rayudu (24) and Kieron Pollard (13) also made useful contributions to the Mumbai Indians' score.
 
All the Delhi bowlers suffered severely today. Ashish Nehra picked up two for 49 while Irfan Pathan got one for 37 and Morne Morkel one for 43.
 
Delhi Daredevils began their chase on a tentative note, with opener Unmukt Chand (0) and  (3) back in the pavilion in the first three overs.
 
In between, Warner hit Lasith Malinga for two fours, one through point and the second past square leg.
 
Mitchell, who had Jayawardene caught by wicket-keeper Karthik in the third over, was hit by Juneja for four, a straight drive past the bowler.
 
In the next over, Warner lifted Harbhajan Singh over long-on for a huge six. Juneja hit Johnson for three fours in the next over, first to mid-off, then twice to the fine-leg boundary. Fifteen runs came off that over and the Daredevils reached 42 for two after five overs.
 
Malinga conceded only four in the next over, and then Pragyan Ojha came into the attack. Warner smashed him into the stands at mid-wicket for a huge six.
 
After Pollard restricted the outgo in the next to four runs, Harbhajan Singh was struck by Juneja to the third-man boundary for four.
 
In Pollard's next, Warner sent him soaring over long-on for a mighty six and then followed it up with a four past point. Fifteen runs came in that over as Delhi Daredevils moved to 84 for two after 10 overs.
 
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In the 11th over, Warner struck Johnson for a four past mid-off and then for six behind fine leg. The next ball, he failed to read a slower one and ended up offering an easy catch to Rayudu near oint. His 61 came off 37 balls, with four sixes and five fours.
 
At the other end, Pollard caught Jeevan Mendis off his own bowling before he could score. The scoreboard kept ticking through singles and twos and some extras, but the Daredevils were nowhere on course as far the target was concerned.
 
Harbhajan Singh gave away only five in his last over. In the next, Ojha got Pathan (10) caught by Johnson at deep mid-wicket.
 
Juneja tried to keep the runs flowing as he hit Ojha over point for another four. At the end of 15 overs, Daredevils were 126 for five and needed 84 runs from the remaining 30 balls.
 
Malinga got rid of Kedar Jadhav (1), catcing him off his own bowling, fumbling on the first attempt but holding on in the second.
 
Juneja hit Malinga to the fine-leg boundary for four as he kept up a brave attempt from one end. At the other, Nadeem (2) was caught by Dhawan off Ojha as Daredevils moved to 137 for 7 after 17 overs.
 
Juneja was finally run out, done in by a direct throw from Dhawan at mid-wicket to the striker's end. His 49 was made off 40 balls and included six fours.
 
In the 19th over, Morkel hit Johnson for three consecutive fours. Pollard had Nehra (1) caught by Ojha at deep mid-wicket in the last over.
 
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Umesh Yadav swung Pollard for four over square leg and then, off the final ball, for whatever it was worth, Morkel despatched the ball over deep square leg for six.
 
Delhi Daredevils went into today's match after losing both their previous engagements -- by six wickets to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener and then to Rajasthan Royals by five runs.
 
Mumbai Indians lost to Royal Challengers by runs in a thriller but then outplayed Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their second outing.
 
The home team got off to a nightmarish start, losing Ponting to the last ball of the first over from Irfan Pathan before the side had opened their score. The Mumbai skipper had stepped out and tried to lift the ball over mid-off but ended up sending it straight to his counterpart Mahela Jayawardene there.
 
In the next over, Tendulkar (1) got run out. He had set for a single, but Karthik sent him back Jayawardene's throw to the non-striker's end knocked down the stumps with the little master miles out.
 
Rohit Sharma joined Karthik and the two began the task of repairing the innings in right earnest, refusing to be cowed down by those two early setbacks.
 
Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, smashed a short one from Ashish Nehra between point and cover to bring some  cheer back to the stands.
 
In the next over, he sent Morne Morkel twice to the fence, first between extra cover and mid-off and then to third man, thanks to a thick outside edge.
 
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Six runs came off Pathan's next over, but Umesh Yadav gave away just two as Mumbai Indians reached 22 for two after five overs.
 
In the next over from Nehra, Karthik got a top-edge that went over the fine-leg fence for six. He then stepped out and smashed the ball to the same area for four. He followed this up with a hit to the mid-wicket boundary for another four. Sixteen runs came off that over.
 
Sharma got a top edge off Morkel and the ball went over the third-man boundary for six in an over that yielded 13 runs for Mumbai Indians.
 
Shahbaz Nadeem came into the attack, and Karthik greeted him with a nudge to the third man area for four. The batsman then slammed Yadav for three  fours in his next over, first over mid-wicket, then through the same area again and finally to the square leg boundary. At the end of 10 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 80 for two.
 
Jeevan Mendis came into the attack and Karthik sent him past short third-man for four with a late cut.
 
In the next over, from Nadeem, Karthik first sent him over deep square leg for a flat six and then slammed him of the back foot through extra cover for four that brought up the 100 of the innings in 12 overs.
 
It was Mendis' turn now, and Sharma brought up the century of the partnership with a superb six over extra cover. Karthik celebrated with four to the offside.
 
Pathan was back and Karthik hammered him for two consecutive fours, and Mumbai Indians were now eyeing a total of around 200.
 
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Morkel was back in the attack and Sharma hit him for two consecutive fours. The bowler then got Karthik finally with one that angled in. The batsman offered a simple catch to Mendis at extra cover. Karthik was visibly upset at having missed a century, but he got a huge applause as he walked back. His 86 came off 48 balls and included two sixes and 14 fours.
 
Sharma continued to plunder the bowling as he hit hit Morkel to the mid-wicket boundary off the backfoot for four. At the end of 15 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 138 for three.
 
Pollard hit Yadav for a huge six over long-on before Sharma hammered Morkel for two fours. In the next over, Nehra had Pollard (13) caught by Nadeem at extra cover
 
Rayudu, the next man in, hit Pathan for two sixes and two fours in the next over, which produced 22 runs in all as Mumbai Indians reached 189 for four after 19 overs.
 
Rayudu was out off the first ball of the last ovr from Nehra, caught and bolwed. He made 24 off 8 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Sharma then hammered Nehra for two more sixes as the 200 of the innings came up and then sealed things with a final six off the very last ball.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Jayawardene b Pathan 0
Sachin Tendulkar run out (Jayawardene) 1
Dinesh Karthik c Mendis b Morkel 86
Rohit Sharma not out 74
Kieron Pollard c Nadeem b Nehra 13
Ambati Rayudu c&b Nehra 24
Harbhajan Singh not out 1
Extras (lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 10
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ponting, 0.6 overs), 2-1 (Tendulkar, 1.3), 3-133 (Karthik, 14.4), 4-163 (Pollard, 17.3), 5-189 (Rayudu, 19.1)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-1-37-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-49-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-43-1
Umesh Yadav 3-0-28-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 3-0-26-0
Jeevan Mendis 2-0-20-0
 
Delhi Daredevils:
Unmukt Chand c Ponting b Harbhajan 0
David Warner c Rayudu b Johnson 61
Mahela Jayawardene c Karthik b Johnson 3
Manpreet Juneja run out (Dhawan) 49
Jeevan Mendis c&b Pollard 0
Irfan Pathan c Johnson b Ojha 10
Kedar Jadhav c&b Malinga 1
Shahbaz Nadeem c Dhawan b Ojha 2
Morne Morkel not out 23
Ashish Nehra c Ojha b Pollard 1
Umesh Yadav not out 5
Extras (b 1, lb 1, w 8) 10
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Chand, 0.1 overs), 2-13 (Jayawardene, 2.4), 3-95 (Warner, 10.4), 4-97 (Mendis, 11.1), 5-118 (Pathan, 14.1), 6-127 (Jadhav, 15.2), 7-134 (Nadeem, 16.3), 8-140 (Juneja, 17.4), 9-154 (Nehra, 19.1)
Bowling:
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-25-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-20-1
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-49-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-34-2
Kieron Pollard 4-0-35-2
 
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Chasing 210, Delhi Daredevils make 84/2 in first 10 overs

Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing a daunting 210 for a win, Delhi Daredevils made 84 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the tenth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
David Warner was batting on 51 and Manprit Juneja on 27 at the half-way mark.
 
Delhi Daredevils lost opener Unmukt Chand to the very first ball of the innings, caught by Ponting off Harbhajan Singh. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene could make only three before he departed with the score at 13.
 
Warner and Juneja then set about the task of repairing the innings.
 
In the first session, Dinesh Karthik hit a belligerent 86 and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten with a superb unbeaten  74 as Mumbai Indians recovered from a disastrous start to post an imposing 209 for five.
 
The home team lost their star openers, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar with just one run on the board in 1.3 overs.
 
But then Karthik and Sharma got together and unleashed a veritable blitzkrieg that had the Daredevils shell-shocked and the huge home crowd delirious with joy. 
 
The pair added 132 runs for the third wicket off just 79 balls. Karthik's 86 came off only 48 balls and included two sixes an 14 fours, while Sharma's 74 not out was made off 50 balls with the help of five sixes and four fours.
 
Ambati Rayudu (24) and Kieron Pollard (13) also made useful contributions to the Mumbai Indians' score.
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All the Delhi bowlers suffered severely today. Ashish Nehra picked up two for 49 while Irfan Pathan got one for 37 and Morne Morkel one for 43.
 
Delhi Daredevils began the chase on a tentative note, with Chand and Jayawardene back in the pavilion in the first three overs.
 
In between, Warner hit Lasith Malinga for two fours, one through point and the second past square leg.
 
Mitchell, who had Jayawardene caught by wicket-keeper Karthik in the third over, was hit by Juneja for four, a straight drive past the bowler.
 
In the next over, Warner lifted Harbhajan Singh over long-on for a huge six. Juneja hit Johnson for three fours in the next over, first to mid-off, then twice to the fine-leg boundary. Fifteen runs came off that over and the Daredevils reached 42 for two after five overs.
 
Malinga conceded only four in the next over, and then Pragyan Ojha came into the attack. Warner smashed him into the stands at mid-wicket for a huge six.
 
After Pollard restricted the outgo in the next to four runs, Harbhajan Singh was struck by Juneja to the third-man boundary for four.
 
In Pollard's next, Warner sent him soaring over long-on for a mighty six and then followed it up with a four past point. Fifteen runs came in that over as Delhi Daredevils moved to 84 for two after ten overs.
 
Delhi Daredevils went into today's match after losing both their previous engagements -- by six wickets to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener and then to Rajasthan Royals by five runs.
 
Mumbai Indians lost to Royal Challengers by two runs in a thriller but then outplayed Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their second outing.
 
The home team got off to a nightmarish start, losing Ponting to the last ball of the first over from Irfan Pathan before the side had opened their score. The Mumbai skipper had stepped out and tried to lift the ball over mid-off but ended up sending it straight to his counterpart Mahela Jayawardene there.
 
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In the next over, Tendulkar (1) got run out. He had set for a single, but Karthik sent him back Jayawardene's throw to the non-striker's end knocked down the stumps with the little master miles out.
 
Rohit Sharma joined Karthik and the two began the task of repairing the innings in right earnest, refusing to be cowed down by those two early setbacks.
 
Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, smashed a short one from Ashish Nehra between point and cover to bring some  cheer back to the stands.
 
In the next over, he sent Morne Morkel twice to the fence, first between extra cover and mid-off and then to third man, thanks to a thick outside edge.
 
Six runs came off Pathan's next over, but Umesh Yadav gave away just two as Mumbai Indians reached 22 for two after five overs.
 
In the next over from Nehra, Karthik got a top-edge that went over the fine-leg fence for six. He then stepped out and smashed the ball to the same area for four. He followed this up with a hit to the mid-wicket boundary for another four. Sixteen runs came off that over.
 
Sharma got a top edge off Morkel and the ball went over the third-man boundary for six in an over that yielded 13 runs for Mumbai Indians.
 
Shahbaz Nadeem came into the attack, and Karthik greeted him with a nudge to the third man area for four. The batsman then slammed Yadav for three  fours in his next over, first over mid-wicket, then through the same area again and finally to the square leg boundary. At the end of 10 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 80 for two.
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Jeevan Mendis came into the attack and Karthik sent him past short third-man for four with a late cut.
 
In the next over, from Nadeem, Karthik first sent him over deep square leg for a flat six and then slammed him of the back foot through extra cover for four that brought up the 100 of the innings in 12 overs.
 
It was Mendis' turn now, and Sharma brought up the century of the partnership with a superb six over extra cover. Karthik celebrated with four to the offside.
 
Pathan was back and Karthik hammered him for two consecutive fours, and Mumbai Indians were now eyeing a total of around 200.
 
Morkel was back in the attack and Sharma hit him for two consecutive fours. The bowler then got Karthik finally with one that angled in. The batsman offered a simple catch to Mendis at extra cover. Karthik was visibly upset at having missed a century, but he got a huge applause as he walked back. His 86 came off 48 balls and included two sixes and 14 fours.
 
Sharma continued to plunder the bowling as he hit hit Morkel to the mid-wicket boundary off the backfoot for four. At the end of 15 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 138 for three.
 
Pollard hit Yadav for a huge six over long-on before Sharma hammered Morkel for two fours. In the next over, Nehra had Pollard (13) caught by Nadeem at extra cover
 
Rayudu, the next man in, hit Pathan for two sixes and two fours in the next over, which produced 22 runs in all as Mumbai Indians reached 189 for four after 19 overs.
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Rayudu was out off the first ball of the last ovr from Nehra, caught and bolwed. He made 24 off 8 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Sharma then hammered Nehra for two more sixes as the 200 of the innings came up and then sealed things with a final six off the very last ball.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Jayawardene b Pathan 0
Sachin Tendulkar run out (Jayawardene) 1
Dinesh Karthik c Mendis b Morkel 86
Rohit Sharma not out 74
Kieron Pollard c Nadeem b Nehra 13
Ambati Rayudu c&b Nehra 24
Harbhajan Singh not out 1
Extras (lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 10
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ponting, 0.6 overs), 2-1 (Tendulkar, 1.3), 3-133 (Karthik, 14.4), 4-163 (Pollard, 17.3), 5-189 (Rayudu, 19.1)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-1-37-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-49-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-43-1
Umesh Yadav 3-0-28-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 3-0-26-0
Jeevan Mendis 2-0-20-0
 
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Mumbai Indians pile up 209/5 against Delhi Daredevils

Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Dinesh Karthik hit a belligerent 86 and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten with a superb unbeaten  74 as Mumbai Indians recovered from a disastrous start to post an imposing 209 for five against Delhi Daredevils in the tenth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

The home team lost their star openers, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar with just one run on the board in 1.3 overs.
 
But then Karthik and Sharma got together and unleashed a veritable blitzkrieg that had the Daredevils shell-shocked and the huge home crowd delirious with joy. 
 
The pair added 132 runs for the third wicket off just 79 balls. Karthik's 86 came off only 48 balls and included two sixes an 14 fours, while Sharma's 74 not out was made off 50 bals with the help of five sixes and four fours.
 
Ambati Rayudu (24) and Kieron Pollard (13) also made useful contributions to the Mumbai Indians' score.
 
All the Delhi bowlers suffered severely today. Ashish Nehra picked up two for 49 while Irfan Pathan got one for 37 and Morne Morkel one for 43.
 
Delhi Daredevils went into today's match after losing both their previous engagements -- by six wickets to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener and then to Rajasthan Royals by five runs.
 
Mumbai Indians lost to Royal Challengers by two runs in a thriller but then outplayed Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their second outing.
 
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
The home team got off to a nightmarish start, losing Ponting to the last ball of the first over from Irfan Pathan before the side had opened their score. The Mumbai skipper had stepped out and tried to lift the ball over mid-off but ended up sending it straight to his counterpart Mahela Jayawardene there.
 
In the next over, Tendulkar (1) got run out. He had set for a single, but Karthik sent him back Jayawardene's throw to the non-striker's end knocked down the stumps with the little master miles out.
 
Rohit Sharma joined Karthik and the two began the task of repairing the innings in right earnest, refusing to be cowed down by those two early setbacks.
 
Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, smashed a short one from Ashish Nehra between point and cover to bring some  cheer back to the stands.
 
In the next over, he sent Morne Morkel twice to the fence, first between extra cover and mid-off and then to third man, thanks to a thick outside edge.
 
Six runs came off Pathan's next over, but Umesh Yadav gave away just two as Mumbai Indians reached 22 for two after five overs.
 
In the next over from Nehra, Karthik got a top-edge that went over the fine-leg fence for six. He then stepped out and smashed the ball to the same area for four. He followed this up with a hit to the mid-wicket boundary for another four. Sixteen runs came off that over.
 
Sharma got a top edge off Morkel and the ball went over the third-man boundary for six in an over that yielded 13 runs for Mumbai Indians.
 
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Shahbaz Nadeem came into the attack, and Karthik greeted him with a nudge to the third man area for four. The batsman then slammed Yadav for three  fours in his next over, first over mid-wicket, then through the same area again and finally to the square leg boundary. At the end of 10 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 80 for two.
 
Jeevan Mendis came into the attack and Karthik sent him past short third-man for four with a late cut.
 
In the next over, from Nadeem, Karthik first sent him over deep square leg for a flat six and then slammed him of the back foot through extra cover for four that brought up the 100 of the innings in 12 overs.
 
It was Mendis' turn now, and Sharma brought up the century of the partnership with a superb six over extra cover. Karthik celebrated with four to the offside.
 
Pathan was back and Karthik hammered him for two consecutive fours, and Mumbai Indians were now eyeing a total of around 200.
 
Morkel was back in the attack and Sharma hit him for two consecutive fours. The bowler then got Karthik finally with one that angled in. The batsman offered a simple catch to Mendis at extra cover. Karthik was visibly upset at having missed a century, but he got a huge applause as he walked back. His 86 came off 48 balls and included two sixes and 14 fours.
 
Sharma continued to plunder the bowling as he hit hit Morkel to the mid-wicket boundary off the backfoot for four. At the end of 15 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 138 for three.
 
Pollard hit Yadav for a huge six over long-on before Sharma hammered Morkel for two fours. In the next over, Nehra had Pollard (13) caught by Nadeem at extra cover
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Rayudu, the next man in, hit Pathan for two sixes and two fours in the next over, which produced 22 runs in all as Mumbai Indians reached 189 for four after 19 overs.
 
Rayudu was out off the first ball of the last ovr from Nehra, caught and bolwed. He made 24 off 8 balls with two sixes and two fours.
 
Sharma then hammered Nehra for two more sixes as the 200 of the innings came up and then sealed things with a final six off the very last ball.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Jayawardene b Pathan 0
Sachin Tendulkar run out (Jayawardene) 1
Dinesh Karthik c Mendis b Morkel 86
Rohit Sharma not out 74
Kieron Pollard c Nadeem b Nehra 13
Ambati Rayudu c&b Nehra 24
Harbhajan Singh not out 1
Extras (lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 10
Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 209
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Ponting, 0.6 overs), 2-1 (Tendulkar, 1.3), 3-133 (Karthik, 14.4), 4-163 (Pollard, 17.3), 5-189 (Rayudu, 19.1)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-1-37-1
Ashish Nehra 4-0-49-2
Morne Morkel 4-0-43-1
Umesh Yadav 3-0-28-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 3-0-26-0
Jeevan Mendis 2-0-20-0
 
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Mumbai Indians make 80/2 in first 10 overs against Delhi Daredevils

Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dinesh Karthik of Mumbai Indians in action against the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Mumbai on the April 9, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians recovered from a disastrous start to make 80 for two wickets in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Delhi Daredevils in the tenth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
 
The home team lost their star openers, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar with just one run on the board in 1.3 overs.
 
Dinesh Karthik led the recovery with a superb half-century. At the half-way mark, he was batting on 56 which included nine fours and a six. Keeping him company was Rohit Sharma on 15.
 
Delhi Daredevils went into today's match after losing both their previous engagements -- by six wickets to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener and then to Rajasthan Royals by five runs.
 
Mumbai Indians lost to Royal Challengers by two runs in a thriller but then outplayed Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their second outing.
 
The home team got off to a nightmarish start, losing Ponting to the last ball of the first over from Irfan Pathan before the side had opened their score. The Mumbai skipper had stepped out and tried to lift the ball over mid-off but ended up sending it straight to his counterpart Mahela Jayawardene there.
 
In the next over, Tendulkar (1) got run out. He had set for a single, but Karthik sent him back Jayawardene's throw to the non-striker's end knocked down the stumps with the little master miles out.
 
Rohit Sharma joined Karthik and the two began the task of repairing the innings in right earnest, refusing to be cowed down by those two early setbacks.
 
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Karthik, one of the leading run-getters in the tournament so far, smashed a short one from Ashish Nehra between point and cover to bring some  cheer back to the stands.
 
In the next over, he sent Morne Morkel twice to the fence, first between extra cover and mid-off and then to third man, thanks to a thick outside edge.
 
Six runs came off Pathan's next over, but Umesh Yadav gave away just two as Mumbai Indians reached 22 for two after five overs.
 
In the next over from Nehra, Karthik got a top-edge that went over the fine-leg fence for six. He then stepped out and smashed the ball to the same area for four. He followed this up with a hit to the mid-wicket boundary for another four. Sixteen runs came off that over.
 
Sharma got a top edge off Morkel and the ball went over the third-man boundary for six in an over that yielded 13 runs for Mumbai Indians.
 
Shahbaz Nadeem came into the attack, and Karthik greeted him with a nudge to the third man area for four. The batsman then slammed Yadav for three  fours in his next over, first over mid-wicket, then through the same area again and finally to the square leg boundary. At the end of 10 overs, Mumbai Indians had made 80 for two.
 
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Mumbai Indians win toss, opt to bat first against Delhi Daredevils

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Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and opted to bat first against Delhi Daredevils in the tenth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here today.

Delhi Daredevils have lost both their previous engagements -- by six wickets to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener and then to Rajasthan Royals by five runs.
 
Mumbai Indians lost to Royal Challengers by runs in a thriller but then outplayed Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their second outing.
 
The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha, Lashith Malinga.
 
Delhi Daredevils: Unmukt Chand, David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Jeevan Mendis, Manprit Juneja, Kedar Jadhav, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Ashish Nehra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Umesh Yadav.
 
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Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy completes solo, unassisted circumnavigation of globe

INSV Mhadei, skippered by Lt.Cdr. Abhilash Tomy sails into the Mumbai harbour, after solo, non-stop, voyage round the world, in Mumbai on April 06, 2013. Read story.
INSV Mhadei, skippered by Lt.Cdr. Abhilash Tomy sails into the Mumbai harbour, after solo, non-stop, voyage round the world, in Mumbai on April 06, 2013
Read story.INSV Mhadei, skippered by Lt.Cdr. Abhilash Tomy sails into the Mumbai harbour, after solo, non-stop, voyage round the world, in Mumbai on April 06, 2013

Mukherjee says India's growth depends on safe, stable maritime frontiers

President Pranab Mukherjee with Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy, who completed a solo, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of the globe, in Mumbai on April 6, 2013.
President Pranab Mukherjee with Lt. Cdr. Abhilash Tomy of Indian Navy, who completed a solo, non-stop, unassisted circumnavigation of the globe, in Mumbai on April 6, 2013.

President Pranab Mukherjee has said that India's resolve to achieve sustained high growth could be realized only if its maritime frontiers and assets were safe, stable and act as enablers.

"The Indian Navy, as the primary element of India’s maritime power, has the challenging task of safeguarding the country’s maritime interests," he said at a ceremonial reception in Mumbai yesterday for Lt Commander Abhilash Tomy of the Indian Navy, who completed a solo, non-stop unassisted circumnavigation of the globe in INSV Mhadei.
 
Mr Mukherjee said the country’s security situation predicates that the Navy plays a leadership role.
 
He said a nation’s social and economic well-being is intricately linked to the seas, not only for trade, but also how it faces threats to its security that develop across the seas. 
 
"Sponsorship of terrorism through non-state actors, and across the seas, is a matter of deep concern to the entire nation. Historically, India has always stood for peace. Our commitment to peaceful co-existence stems not from weakness but is based on a mature understanding that peace alone can help a nation achieve its objectives of social and economic development. Peace can, however, be sought only from a position of strength – strength sufficient to safeguard our territorial sovereignty and maritime interests, both economic and strategic," he said.
 
"It is indeed a matter of great pride that the Indian Navy continues to discharge its responsibilities with professional excellence and élan, whilst simultaneously building bridges of friendship and goodwill across the oceans. In this regard, the selfless service, dedication and professionalism of our men and women in white are indeed praiseworthy," he said.
 
INSV Mhadei, skippered by Lt.Cdr. Abhilash Tomy sails into the Mumbai harbour, after solo, non-stop, voyage round the world, in Mumbai on April 06, 2013.
INSV Mhadei, skippered by Lt.Cdr. Abhilash Tomy sails into the Mumbai harbour, after solo, non-stop, voyage round the world, in Mumbai on April 06, 2013.
He congratulated the Navy and Lt Cdr Tomy on the successful completion of the circumnavigation, Sagar Parikrama II.
 
"To sustain a long voyage of over 150 days at sea, solo, non stop unassisted and sailing through some of the most treacherous oceans of the world, is a remarkable feat. This rare achievement – the first by an Indian seafarer – showcases the spirit of determination, resolve and courage of both the individual and the organization he represents," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said solo circumnavigation, apart from being a physically arduous task, required very high standards of knowledge of navigation meteorology and boat maintenance. 
 
"The circumnavigator not only gets tossed around by the rough seas but also has to fight solitude and the imponderables of life at sea, away from civilisation. Battling wave heights of 9-10 meters and wind speeds in excess of 100 kmph coupled with Antarctic chills can be an extreme test of human endurance. The solitude factor alone is such that being thousands of kms away from the nearest land, there would be very little chance of help or rescue, if something went wrong. To undertake crossing of the three Capes, i.e. Cape Leeuwin, Cape Horn and Cape of Good Hope alone require courage, determination and grit of the highest order," he said.
 
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"I am sure that this achievement of Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy will continue to be a source of inspiration for future generations of young seafarers. His epic voyage has placed our nation into the ranks of a few select countries whose citizens have been successful in braving such an arduous voyage. I would also like to felicitate parents of Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy and, the mentor of the project VAdm (Retd) MP Awati. I would also like to congratulate Mr Ratnakar Dandekar who has built this wonderful boat in India," he said.
 
"I am told that the expedition has generated enormous media attention and created fervour amongst the youth for seafaring and oceanic adventures. I am also given to understand that the internet postings of the skipper on his blog and Facebook pages have been keenly followed by admirers from all age groups," he added.
 
Lt. Cdr. Tomy is the first Indian and among 80 people in the world who have achieved this feat. He ws skipper and sole member of crew of the expedition, which was flagged off from Mumbai on November 1, 2012 and he sailed non-stop covering all three major capes -- Cape Leeuwin off Australia, Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America and Cape of Good Hope.
 
Earlier, between August 2009 and May 22, Cdr Dilip Donde had undertaken a similar solo circumnavigation of the globe in "Mhadei", an indigenously-built yacht.
 
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Thane building collapse: Death toll rises to 74

Thane building collapse: Death toll rises to 74

The death toll in Thursday evening's collapse of a seven-storeyed building that was under construction in Thane near here has risen to 74, police sources said today.

The rescue operations were completed a little after noon yesterday, the sources said.
 
According to them, those killed included 26 men, 18 women and 30 children (10 boys and 20 girls).
 
Another 29 people -- 16 men, seven women, three boys and three girls -- were injured in the collapse of the building that was described by the authorities as an illegal construction.
 
The injured were being treated at nearby hospitals, while some of the more seriously hurt had been shifted to hospitals in Mumbai.
 
One woman and a child were brought out alive by the rescue teams on Friday evening, more than 24 hours after the building collapsed.
 
The incident occurred around 1830 hours on Thursday in the Shil Dhaigar area of the city, where the seven-storeyed structure had come up in the matter of just a few months.
 
Police sources said the building was an illegal structure and that material of poor quality seemed to have been used in its construction.
 
A case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder had been registered against eight people in all, including the two builders, who have been arrested and were due to be produced in court later today.
 
According to various sources, some families were already living in the first four floors of the building even as the remaining floors were still being constructed. The victims also included several children who were attending a tuition class in the building, they added.
 
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Mumbai Indians outplay Chennai Super Kings by 9 runs

Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians outplayed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by nine runs in the fifth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidamabram Stadium here tonight.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted a respectable 148 for six in their 20 overs, powered by an exhilarating and unbeaten 57 by the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard, who was chosen Man of the Match.
 
Chasing 149 for a win, CSK came pretty close in a thriller but, despite a heroic 51 by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off just 26 balls and inclusive of three sixes and five fours, they could manage only 139 for nine from their 20 overs.
 
Opener Michael Hussey made 20, S Badrinath and Ravindra Jadeja contributed 16 each and Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo chipped in with 10 each for CSK.
 
For Mumbai Indians, who had lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by two runs in a thriller on April 4, Munaf Patel bagged three for 29, while Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh took two each and Mitchell Johnson and Pollard took one apiece.
 
Apart from Pollard who starred for Mumbai Indians with the bat, there was a cameo knock from Harbhajan Singh, whose unbeaten proved to be crucial.
 
Earlier, the visitors were shored up afer a disastrous start by Dinesh Karthik (37) after openers Sachin Tendulkar (0) and Ricky Ponting (6) and Rohit Sharma (8) left without making an impact.
 
Barring Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Karthik, none of the other Mumbai batsmen could reach double figures today.
 
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo took two for 44, while Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Laughlin and Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket apiece.
 
Chennai Superkings captain M S Dhoni in action against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chennai Superkings captain M S Dhoni in action against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
CSK began the chase on a sedate note, with openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay making just one from the first over In the second, Munaf Patel bowled Vijay (5) with the last ball to make it 10/1.
 
Hussey tried to quicken th pae with a four off Mitchell Johnson past square leg. Suresh Raina, the new man in, drove Patel straight past the bowler for another four. Hussey then drove him through cover for another four.
 
Just when the pair appeared to be settling down, Johnson had Raina (10, 1x4) caught at point by Ponting. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians were 32/2.
 
Harbhajan Singh bowled a tight over to Hussey, though the batsman did manage to hit him over extra cover for a four.
 
Pragyan Ojha was brought into the attack and he conceded just four in his first over.
 
In the next over, Harbhajan Singh go rid of Hussey, knocking back his stumps with one that slipped in under the bat. Hussey made 20 off 23 balls, with three fours.
 
Ojha continued to keep the batsmen on a tight leash, giving away only 5 in the ninth over. Pollard was brought on, and Bravo took a single to bring up the 50 of the innings in 9.1 overs. Later in that over, Badrinath sent a short of length delivery for four with an elegant cut through slips.
 
Four runs came off Ojha's next over and another four from Pollard's next. Ojha trapped Badrinath leg before wicket with the first ball of the 13th over. The batsman had made 16 off 16 balls with one four.
 
Dhoni slams two fours off Pollard in the next over, first to third man and then through extra cover. 
 
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At the other end, Jadeja sends Harbhajan Singh for a straight six before Dhoni clubs straight past the bowler for four. At the end of the 15th over, CSK need 56 runs from 30 balls.
 
Patel was brought back into the attack and Jadeja promptly smashes the first ball, a slower one, to the extra cover fence. Next ball, he is out, bowled after an inside edge knocks back his middle stump. Jadeja made 16 off 11 balls with the help of a six and a four.
 
Dhoni, who was running out of partners,  hit a low full toss from Harbhajan Singh into the stands for a six. But four balls later, the off-spinner had Ashwin (2) caught by Pollard. At the end of the 17th over, CSK were 40 short and had three wickets in hand.
 
Dhoni clubbed the first ball of Pollard's next over for a huge six over long-off, guided the next one for four past short fine leg and then followed it up with one past cover point. A single brought Laughlin on strike and Pollard made full use of the opportunity, bowling him with one that took an inside edge into the stumps. That brought Ankit Rajpoot to the scene and Dhoni declined a single so that he could keep strike in the next over.
 
CSK needed 23 runs from the last two overs and Dhoni, determined to shield Rajpoot, avoids all singles. He manges a brace off Johnson and then sends the ball soaring over deep mid-wicket for a huge six. A single off the last ball ensures that he is on strike in the last over, from which CSK needed 12 runs.
 
Dhoni, aiming for big hits, sent the first ball from Patel soaring into the sky to the region where the tall Pollard was keeping guard and the fielder reached high to bring off a spectacular catch, which more or less settled the issue in favour of Mumbai Indians.
 
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Dhoni's 51 came off just 26 balls and included three sixes and five fours.
 
The task was clearly beyond the last pair of Rajpoot and Nannes and CSK ended up with 139 for nine from their 20 overs.
 
Mumbai Indians got off to a nightmarish start, losing Tendulkar in the very first over to the first ball he faced, trapped leg before by Nannes.
 
Karthik, the next man in, brightened up things for the home team with a four through cover point. He and Ponting kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos and Mumbai Indians had made 17/1 in the first three overs.
 
The visitors suffered yet another big reverse when Rajpoot got Ponting caught by Ashwin at slip. Rohit Sharma, the new man in, hit Rajpoot through cover for a superb four. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians had reached 28 for two.
 
In Rajpoot's next over, Karthik smashed a ball outside off-stump through mid-wicket for four. Off the last ball of that over, he pulled the bowler to deep square leg for a huge six.
 
Bravo dismissed Sharma (8, 1x4) in the next over. The batsman got a faint edge which wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took, diving to his left.
 
Karthik continued to make a brave effort, guiding a short of length delivery from Bravo past point for four. Ambati Rayudu took a single off Laughlin to take the side to 50. 
 
At the other end, Karthik came down the track and hammered Bravo through mid-wicket for four. He was out the next ball, adjudged leg before wicket to Bravo. His 37 came off 25 balls and included a six and four fours.
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Pollard hit Bravo for two successive fours, first through point and then to deep backward square leg.
 
At the other end, Laughlin had Rayudu (7) caught by Nannes at deep third man off a leading edge for his first wicket in the IPL. Pollard found the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket for a superb four off the bowler.
 
Off-spinner Ashwin, the local hero, was brought into the attack and he had Dwayne Smith (3) caught at long-on by Bravo off the last ball of his first over. Mumbai Indians were struggling at 83/6 in 12 overs at this stage.
 
Pollard continued to try and make a match of it as he hoisted Ravindra Jadeja into the stands with a mighty swing to take Mumbai Indians into the 90s.
 
Ashwin kept Pollard and Harbhajan Singh on a tight leash, conceding only two runs in his next over. The batsmen could manage only four runs in the next over from Nannes, and Mumbai Indians reached 96 for six at the end of 15 overs.
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Pollard hit Ashwin for six over long-on in the next over and then sent a low full toss from Bravo over long-on for another. Harbhajan Singh got into the spirit of things as he smashed a half-volley from Laughlin over extra-cover. Pollard followed this up with a four towards point off a yorker outside off and then brought up his half-century with a single.
 
In the last over from Bravo, Pollard pushed the ball to long-off and ran back for a second run, and was dismayed to find that Harbhajan was not even looking. Pollard made his displeasure quite clear, conveying that he needed to be on strike.
 
Harbhajan Singh made amends by sending the next ball over mid-wicket with a mighty swing. 
 
A single later, Pollard was back on strike for the last ball, and he duly struck it over long-on for yet another six.
 
Pollard's unbeaten 57 was made off 38 balls with the help of five sixes and four fours, while Harbhajan Singh's 21 included a four and a six.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Ashwin b Rajpoot 6
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Nannes 0
Dinesh Karthik lbw Bravo 37
Rohit Sharma c Dhoni b Bravo 8
Ambati Rayudu c Nannes b Laughlin 7
Kieron Pollard not out 57
Dwayne Smith c Bravo b Ashwin 3
Harbhajan Singh not out 21
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Tendulkar, 0.5 overs), 2-17 (Ponting, 3.2), 3-41 (Sharma, 6.1), 4-59 (Karthik, 8.2), 5-75 (Rayudu, 10.3), 6-83 (Smith, 11.6)
Bowling:
Dirk Nannes 4-0-18-1
Ankit Rajpoot 3-0-25-1
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-44-2
Ben Laughlin 3-0-25-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-12-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
 
Chennai Super Kings:
Mike Hussey b Harbhajan 20
Murali Vijay b Patel 5
Suresh Raina c Ponting b Johnson 10
Dwayne Bravo c Karthik b Ojha 10
Subramaniam Badrinath lbw Ojha 16
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Pollard b Patel 51
Ravindra Jadeja b Patel 16
Ravichandran Ashwin c Pollard b Harbhajan 2
Ben Laughlin b Pollard 0
Ankit Rajpoot not out 2
Dirk Nannes not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 6) 7
Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 139
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Vijay, 1.6 overs), 2-30 (Raina, 4.3), 3-42 (Hussey, 7.4), 4-58 (Bravo, 10.2), 5-66 (Badrinath, 12.1), 6-97 (Jadeja, 15.2), 7-108 (Ashwin, 16.5), 8-126 (Laughlin, 17.5), 9-137 (Dhoni, 19.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-22-1
Munaf Patel 4-0-29-3
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-31-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-16-2
Kieron Pollard 4-0-40-1
 
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Chasing 149, CSK make 58/3 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing 149 for a win, Chennai Super Kings were struggling at 58 for three after the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the fifth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.
 
S Badrinath (11) and Dwayne Bravo (10) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Opener Michael Hussey made 20 and Suresh Raina contributed 10. At the end of 10 overs, CSK needed another 91 runs from the remaining 10 overs.
 
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians had posted a respectable 148 for six in their 20 overs, powered by an exhilarating unbeaten 57 by the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard.
 
Keeping him company at the end was Harbhajan Singh, who came up with a cameo knock of 21 not out, which could prove crucial.
 
Earlier, the visitors were shored up after a disastrous start by Dinesh Karthik (37) after openers Sachin Tendulkar (0) and Ricky Ponting (6) and Rohit Sharma (8) left without making an impact.
 
Barring Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Karthik, none of the other Mumbai batsmen could reach double figures today.
 
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo took two for 44, while Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Laughlin and Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket apiece.
 
CSK began the chase on a sedate note, with openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay making just one from the first over In the second, Munaf Patel bowled Vijay (5) with the last ball to make it 10/1.
 
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Hussey tried to quicken the pace with a four off Mitchell Johnson past square leg. Suresh Raina, the new man in, drove Patel straight past the bowler for another four. Hussey then drove him through cover for another four.
 
Just when the pair appeared to be settling down, Johnson had Raina (10, 1x4) caught at point by Ponting. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians were 32/2.
 
Harbhajan Singh bowled a tight over to Hussey, though the batsman did manage to hit him over extra cover for a four.
 
Pragyan Ojha was brought into the attack and he conceded just four in his first over.
 
In the next over, Harbhajan Singh got rid of Hussey, knocking back his stumps with one that slipped in under the bat. Hussey made 20 off 23 balls, with three fours.
 
Ojha continued to keep the batsmen on a tight leash, giving away only 5 in the ninth over. Pollard was brought on, and Bravo took a single to bring up the 50 of the innings in 9.1 overs. Later in that over, Badrinah sent a short of length delivery for four with an elegant cut through slips.
 
Mumbai Indians got off to a nightmarish start, losing Tendulkar in the very first over to the first ball he faced, trappped leg before by Nannes.
 
Karthik, the next man in, brightened up things for the home team with a four through cover point. He and Ponting kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos and Mumbai Indians had made 17/1 in the first three overs.
 
The visitors suffered yet another big reverse when Rajpoot got Ponting caught by Ashwin at slip. Rohit Sharma, the new man in, hit Rajpoot through cover for a superb four. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians had reached 28 for two.
 
In Rajpoot's next over, Karthik smashed a ball outside off-stump through mid-wicket for four. Off the last ball of that over, he pulled the bowler to deep square leg for a huge six.
 
Bravo dismissed Sharma (8, 1x4) in the next over. The batsman got a faint edge which wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took, diving to his left.
 
Karthik continued to make a brave effort, guiding a short of length delivery from Bravo past point for four. Ambati Rayudu took a single off Laughlin to take the side to 50. 
 
At the other end, Karthik came down the track and hammered Bravo through mid-wicket for four. He was out the next ball, adjudged leg before wicket to Bravo. His 37 came off 25 balls and included a six and four fours.
 
Pollard hit Bravo for two successive fours, first through point and then to deep backward square leg.
 
At the other end, Laughlin had Rayudu (7) caught by Nannes at deep third man off a leading edge for his first wicket in the IPL. Pollard found the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket for a superb four off the bowler.
 
Off-spinner Ashwin, the local hero, was brought into the attack and he had Dwayne Smith (3) caught at long-on by Bravo off the last ball of his first over. Mumbai Indians were struggling at 83/6 in 12 overs at this stage.
 
Pollard continued to try and make a match of it as he hoisted Ravindra Jadeja into the stands with a mighty swing to take Mumbai Indians into the 90s.
 
Ashwin kept Pollard and Harbhajan Singh on a tight leash, conceding only two runs in his next over. The batsmen could manage only four runs in the next over from Nannes, and Mumbai Indians reached 96 for six at the end of 15 overs.
 
Pollard hit Ashwin for six over long-on in the next over and then sent a low full toss from Bravo over long-on for another. Harbhajan Singh got into the spirit of things as he smashed a half-volley from Laughlin over extra-cover. Pollard followed this up with a four towards point off a yorker outside off and then brought up his half-century with a single.
 
In the last over from Bravo, Pollard pushed the ball to long-off and ran back for a second run, and was dismayed to find that Harbhajan was not even looking. Pollard made his displeasure quite clear, conveying that he needed to be on strike.
 
Harbhajan Singh made amends by sending the next ball over mid-wicket with a mighty swing. 
 
A single later, Pollard was back on strike for the last ball, and he duly struck it over long-on for yet another six.
 
Pollard's unbeaten 57 was made off 38 balls with the help of five sixes and four fours, while Harbhajan Singh's 21 included a four and a six.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Ashwin b Rajpoot 6
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Nannes 0
Dinesh Karthik lbw Bravo 37
Rohit Sharma c Dhoni b Bravo 8
Ambati Rayudu c Nannes b Laughlin 7
Kieron Pollard not out 57
Dwayne Smith c Bravo b Ashwin 3
Harbhajan Singh not out 21
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Tendulkar, 0.5 overs), 2-17 (Ponting, 3.2), 3-41 (Sharma, 6.1), 4-59 (Karthik, 8.2), 5-75 (Rayudu, 10.3), 6-83 (Smith, 11.6)
Bowling:
Dirk Nannes 4-0-18-1
Ankit Rajpoot 3-0-25-1
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-44-2
Ben Laughlin 3-0-25-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-12-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 148 for six against Chennai Super Kings

Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Kieron Pollard in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Kieron Pollard hammered an unbeaten 57 as he guided Mumbai Indians to a respectable 148 for six in their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the fifth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Keeping him company at the end was Harbhajan Singh, who came up with a cameo knock of 21 not out, which could prove crucial.
 
Earlier, Mumbai Indians, who opted to bat first, were shored up after a disastrous start by Dinesh Karthik (37) after openers Sachin Tendulkar (0) and Ricky Ponting (6) and Rohit Sharma (8) left without making an impact.
 
Except Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Karthik, none of the other Mumbai batsmen could reach double figures today.
 
For CSK, Dwayne Bravo took two for 44, while Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Laughlin and Ravichandran Ashwin took a wicket apiece.
 
Mumbai Indians got off to a nightmarish start, losing Tendulkar in the very first over to the first ball he faced, trappped leg before by Nannes.
 
Karthik, the next man in, brightened up things for the home team with a four through cover point. He and Ponting kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos and Mumbai Indians had made 17/1 in the first three overs.
 
The visitors suffered yet another big reverse when Rajpoot got Ponting caught by Ashwin at slip. Rohit Sharma, the new man in, hit Rajpoot through cover for a superb four. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians had reached 28 for two.
 
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In Rajpoot's next over, Karthik smashed a ball outside off-stump through mid-wicket for four. Off the last ball of that over, he pulled the bowler to deep square leg for a huge six.
 
Bravo dismissed Sharma (8, 1x4) in the next over. The batsman got a faint edge which wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took, diving to his left.
 
Karthik continued to make a brave effort, guiding a short of length delivery from Bravo past point for four. Ambati Rayudu took a single off Laughlin to take the side to 50. 
 
At the other end, Karthik came down the track and hammered Bravo through mid-wicket for four. He was out the next ball, adjudged leg before wicket to Bravo. His 37 came off 25 balls and included a six and four fours.
 
Pollard hit Bravo for two successive fours, first through point and then to deep backward square leg.
At the other end, Laughlin had Rayudu (7) caught by Nannes at deep third man off a leading edge for his first wicket in the IPL. Pollard found the gap between long-on and deep mid-wicket for a superb four off the bowler.
 
Off-spinner Ashwin, the local hero, was brought into the attack and he had Dwayne Smith (3) caught at long-on by Bravo off the last ball of his first over. Mumbai Indians were struggling at 83/6 in 12 overs at this stage.
 
Pollard continued to try and make a match of it as he hoisted Ravindra Jadeja into the stands with a mighty swing to take Mumbai Indians into the 90s.
 
Ashwin kept Pollard and Harbhajan Singh on a tight leash, conceding only two runs in his next over. The batsmen could manage only four runs in the next over from Nannes, and Mumbai Indians reached 96 for six at the end of 15 overs.
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Pollard hit Ashwin for six over long-on in the next over and then sent a low full toss from Bravo over long-on for another. Harbhajan Singh got into the spirit of things as he smashed a half-volley from Laughlin over extra-cover. Pollard followed this up with a four towards point off a yorker outside off and then brought up his half-century with a single.
 
In the last over from Bravo, Pollard pushed the ball to long-off and ran back for a second run, and was dismayed to find that Harbhajan was not even looking. Pollard made his displeasure quite clear, conveying that he needed to be on strike.
 
Harbhajan Singh made amends by sending the next ball over mid-wicket with a mighty swing. 
 
A single later, Pollard was back on strike for the last ball, and he duly struck it over long-on for yet another six.
 
Pollard's unbeaten 57 was made off 38 balls with the help of five sixes and four fours, while Harbhajan Singh's 21 included a four and a six.
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Ricky Ponting c Ashwin b Rajpoot 6
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Nannes 0
Dinesh Karthik lbw Bravo 37
Rohit Sharma c Dhoni b Bravo 8
Ambati Rayudu c Nannes b Laughlin 7
Kieron Pollard not out 57
Dwayne Smith c Bravo b Ashwin 3
Harbhajan Singh not out 21
Extras (lb 3, w 6) 9
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 148
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Tendulkar, 0.5 overs), 2-17 (Ponting, 3.2), 3-41 (Sharma, 6.1), 4-59 (Karthik, 8.2), 5-75 (Rayudu, 10.3), 6-83 (Smith, 11.6)
Bowling:
Dirk Nannes 4-0-18-1
Ankit Rajpoot 3-0-25-1
Dwayne Bravo 4-0-44-2
Ben Laughlin 3-0-25-1
Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-12-0
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-21-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 72/4 in first 10 overs against Chennai Super Kings

Dinesh Karthik in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dinesh Karthik in action for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Superkings in the Indian Premier League at the M A Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 6, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Mumbai Indians made 72 for four in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings in the fifth match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here tonight.

Kieron Pollard (11) and Ambati Rayudu (6) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Dinesh Karthik (37) was the only Mumbai batsman to reach double figures till then. The other wickets to fall were Sachin Tendulkar (0), Ricky Ponting (6) and Rohit Sharma (8).
 
Mumbai Indians got off to a disastrous start, losing opener Tendulkar in the very first over to the first ball he faced, trapped leg before by Dirk Nannes.
 
Dinesh Karthik, the next man in, brightened up things for the home team with a four through cover point. He and Ponting kept the scoreboard ticking with singles and twos and Mumbai Indians had made 17/1 in the first three overs.
 
The visitors suffered yet another big reverse when Ankit Rajpoot got Ponting caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at slip. Rohit Sharma, the new man in, hit Rajpoot through cover for a superb four. At the end of five overs, Mumbai Indians had reached 28 for two.
 
In Rajpoot's next over, Karthik smashed a ball outside off-stump through mid-wicket for four. Off the last ball of that over, he pulled the bowler to deep square leg for a huge six.
 
Dwayne Bravo dismissed Sharma (8, 1x4) in the next over. The batsman got a faint edge which wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took, diving to his left.
 
Karthik continued to make a brave effort, guiding a short of length delivery from Bravo past point for four. Rayudu took a single off Ben Laughlin to take the side to 50. At the other end, Karthik came down the track and hammered Bravo through mid-wicket for four.
 
He was out the next ball, adjudged leg before wicket to Bravo. His 37 came off 25 balls and included a six and four fours.
 
Pollard hit Bravo for two successive fours, first through point and then to deep backward square leg.
 
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