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Mumbai Indians post 194/7 against Royal Challengers Bangalore

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Powered by a superb 50 by opener Dwayne Smith, Mumbai Indians posted 194 for seven against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Dinesh Karthik (43), Kieron Pollard (34) and opener Sachin Tendulkar (23) were the other Mumbai batsmen to get among the runs.
 
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar's 23 included five fours.
 
Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
Smith was gone, however, off the first ball of the next over from Syed Mohammad. He wanted to hit the ball over mid-wicket, but missed it and saw his stumps knocked back.
 
Rohit Sharma started with a bang, hitting Syed Mohammed through cover for four. But in the bowler's next over, he was run out. Karthik called for a second run after Sharma had sent the ball to long-off, but then sent him back. The throw from de Villiers found him short of his crease. He made 10 with one four.
Karthik and Pollard kept the scoreboard moving. The former hit Unadkat for four towards mid-wicket and Pollard lifted Syed Mohammed for two sixes, first over long-off and then over long-on. Eighteen runs came off that over, and Mumbai Indians were on 143 for three after 15 overs.
 
Pollard was severe on Singh, who returned to the attack in the 17th over, hitting him for two fours and a six.
 
In the next over, sent down by Vinay Kumar, Mumbai Indians lost three wickets off consecutive balls. First Karthik was run out, thanks to some smart fielding by Virat Kohli at mid-off. His 43 came off 33 balls and included three fours and a six.
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The next ball saw Ambati Rayudu getting run out without facing a ball, again courtesy Kohli. Rayudu tried to get back to the crease at the non-striker's end after Pollard had guided the ball to mid-off, but Vinay Kumar was in the way, though unintentionally, and he did not quite make it.
 
Pollard himself was out the next ball, caught by Ravi Rampaul at third man, when he top-edged the ball while attempting a pull. Mumbai were 169 for six at that stage in 17.4 overs.
 
Harbhajan Singh (16) livened up the mood in the stands by hitting Singh for three fours in the next over. 
 
In the next over, Rampaul got him with a slower one that the batsman sent to Saurabh Tiwary at mid-wicket. 
 
Mitchell Johnson (9 not out) hit Rampaul for a huge six over long-on as Mumbai Indians ended up with 194 for seven.
 
For RCB, Rampaul, Singh, Vinay Kumar and Syed Mohammad took a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith b Syed Mohammad 50
Sachin Tendulkar lbw Singh 23
Dinesh Karthik run out (Kohli) 43
Rohit Sharma run out (de Villiers/Syed Mohammad) 10
Kieron Pollard c Rampaul b Vinay Kumar 34
Ambati Rayudu run out (Kohli) 0
Harbhajan Singh c Tiwary b Rampaul 16
Mitchell Johnson not out 9
Lasith Malinga not out 0
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 9
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 194
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Tendulkar, 3.4 overs), 2-97 (Smith, 10.1), 3-118 (Sharma, 12.5), 4-169 (Karthik, 17.2), 5-169 (Rayudu, 17.3), 6-169 (Pollard, 17.4), 7-187 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.2)
Bowling:
Ravi Rampaul 4-0-35-1
Rudra Pratap Singh 4-0-40-1
Jaydev Unadkat 4-0-32-0
Vinay Kumar 4-0-38-1
Syed Mohammad 4-0-43-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 97 /1 in first 10 overs against Royal Challengers

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians in action during their match in the Indian Premier League against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mumbai on April 24, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians made 97 for one wicket in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
 
Opener Dwayne Smith (50) and Dinesh Karthik (17) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Electing to bat first after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss, Mumbai Indians put on 29 for the first wicket before Sachin Tendulkar was trapped leg before wicket by Rudra Pratap Singh. Tendulkar made 23 with the help of five fours.
 
Smith then took charge and kept the runs flowing steadily. In the ninth over, he hit Vinay Kumar for two sixes and a four. In the next, he lifted Jayadev Unadkat for six over mid-wicket and a little later reached his fifty with a single. The half-century came off just 35 balls and included three sixes and four fours.
 
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Mumbai Indians choose to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 37th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Both teams made a change each. Mumbai replaced leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal with paceman Dhawal Kulkarni, while RCB brought in left-arm spinner J Syed Mohammad in place of the unwell Murali Kartik.
 
The teams:
 
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (captain), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh,  Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravi Rampaul, Arun Karthik (wk),  R Vinay Kumar, J Syed Mohammad, Rudra Pratap Singh, Jaydev Unadkat
 
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India’s forex reserves fall by $485.9 m to $ 294.761 billion

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India’s foreign exchange reserves fell by $485.9 million to $ 294.761 billion during the week ended April 19 from $295.247 billion in the previous week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said.

Foreign currency assets, which constitute a major chunk of the forex reserves, declined by $489.2 million to $262.411 billion, the central bank said in its weekly statistical supplement.
Foreign currency assets expressed in US dollar terms include the effect of appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the euro, pound and yen, held in the reserves, it said.
 
According to the bulletin, gold reserves remained unchanged during the week at $ 25.692 billion, while special drawing rights (SDRs) increased by $ 2 million to $ 4.397 billion.
 
India’s reserve position in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $ 1.3 million to $2.311 billion during the week, the bulletin added.
 
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Tendulkar has always been encouraging: Dwayne Smith

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians with the Man of the Match prize after their win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata on April 24, 2013
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians with the Man of the Match prize after their win against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata on April 24, 2013

Mumbai Indians' dashing all-rounder Dwayne Smith made batting look easy on a slow track at the Eden Gardens with his match-winning 62 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Wednesday night.

It was just his third game of the season and it seemed the West Indian was enjoying his knock.
 
"I thoroughly relished my stay at the crease. We came here with three wins and three losses and we really needed to get a win under our belt and build some momentum from here. It is good to get a win and I really enjoyed myself," Smith was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
 
Asked what was the message that was sent to him when he walked out to chase 160, Smith said: "Nothing at all. I think my message to myself was to go there and believe in myself, get in and do what I want; because I knew they won’t be able to stop me that easy. I am the kind of guy who believes in doing what I know best. Today I just thought, I had to give my team a good start and I did it."
 
Smith said it is always encouraging to open with a legend like Sachin Tendulkar.
 
"I have opened with Sachin before as well. He has always been encouraging me and has been a very good team player. He gives advice that helps me in the end. I am glad to be opening with a guy like him," he said.
 
Smith was severe on left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla, scoring 31 off 19 against him. Smith said he didn't want to target any bowler.  
 
"I did not target any bowler. My plan was to get as much as possible from any bowler bowling to me, apart from Sunil Narine, because he was the one who was taking the wickets for them. Eventually I gave away my wicket to him which was disappointing. I should have batted on and tried to get the side home," he said.
 
Smith also said that he had not faced his compatriot and Knight Riders champion bowler  Narine much even when they play for the Caribbean team together.
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"I have not faced Narine in the nets much when we played together for West Indies. It is just that I had the confidence today that I would do well against any bowler. I just backed myself to do the job for the team and I am glad we ended up on the winning side," he said.
 
Asked about the secret behind the great form of West Indies' big hitters in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Smith said: "I think it is just the way we play our cricket. We are fearless and it is good to see that the West Indians are doing well in this IPL and I hope that we continue to do it till the end of the tournament."
 
Smith had to miss a few matches warming the bench, but he always kept himself motivated.
 
"It is nothing new to me. I have been accustomed to it. I just keep myself motivated and stay positive all the time. My plan is to become more consistent with my scores and get Mumbai Indians winning games. I want to score a lot of runs and help the side win the competition," he said.
 
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Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians hits the second consecutive six of the innings during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians hits the second consecutive six of the innings during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Mumbai Indians got the better of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets in the 33rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight with just one ball to spare.
 
Opting to bat first, Knight Riders made 159 for five from their 20 overs and Mumbai Indians then made 162/5 in 19.5 overs to register their fourth win in seven outings so far.
 
They are now placed sixth on the table, while KKR, with only two wins from seven engagements, are in the seventh spot.
 
All nine teams will play each other twice in the league before the top four advance to the play-offs. 
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore are at the top of the table, followed by Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. Pune Warriors and Delhi Daredevils are languishing in the eighth and ninth spots.
 
Opener Dwayne Smith set the stage for Mumbai Indians' win, topscoring with 62 that came off 45 balls and included five huge sixes and three fours. He was chosen Man of the Match.
 
The packed Eden Gardens Stadium, which hoped to see the iconic Sachin Tendulkar get a big score on his 40th birthday today and gave him a standing ovation when he came out to bat with Smith, were disappointed when he made just 2 before he was bowled by Sunil Narine in the fifth over with the total at 29.
 
While Smith acclerated the run rate by greeting left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla with two huge sixes in the fourth over, Dinesh Karthik could make only 7 before he was trapped leg before wicket by Sri Lankan Sachithra Senanayake. At the end of ten overs, Mumbai Indians still needed 81 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
 
In the 11th over, Smith departed, caught by substitute Brendon McCullum off Narine to make it 82 for three. McCullum almost messed it up, but held on to the ball.
 
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Rohit Sharma, captaining the side in the absence of Ricky Ponting, who stayed out of today's match after a poor run this season, steadied the innings in the company of Kieron Pollard.
 
They put on 50 for the fourth wicket off just 30 deliveries before Sharma was caught and bowled by Narine and became his third victim. Sharma made 34 off 33 balls with the help of one four and two sixes.
 
Pollard, who made 33 off 24 balls with two fours and a six, took the side to the threshold of victory, was out off the first ball of the last over, sent down by Rajat Bhatia, caught by Manoj Tiwary.
 
At the beginning of the over, Mumbai Indians still needed 10 runs, and te big-hitting Pollard's departure raised worries in their camp.
 
Harbhajan Singh, who relishes such moments, lifted Bhatia over mid-wicket for six with a huge swing, and the Mumbai supporters were on their feet. A single later, two runs were still needed off the last two balls, but Ambati Rayudu clinched the issue by smacking a full toss towards extra cover for four.
 
For KKR, Narine took three for 17 from his four overs, while Senanayake and Bhatia picked up one each.
 
Earlier, Jacques Kallis topscored for KKR with 37, which included four fours, while Manoj Tiwary made 33, with two fours and a six, and Eoin Morgan 31, inclusive of four fours and a six.
 
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (26) and opener Yusuf Pathan (19) were the other Kolkata batsmen who got into double figures.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets each.
 
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Opting to bat first after rains delayed the start of the match by about half an hour, KKR got off to an explosive start, getting 26 runs from the first over sent down by Harbhajan Singh,  with Pathan hitting the first three balls for fours and the fourth one for a six. A no-ball later, Gambhir smashed him for another six.
 
Mitchell Johnson, however, got rid of Pathan with his second ball, which the batsman edged to Harbhajan Singh at first slip. Pathan's 19 came off six balls and included three fours and a six.
 
Gambhir and Kallis added 41 for the second wicket before Pragyan Ojha had the former caught by Harbhajan Singh, this time off an outside edge. Gabhir's 26 was made off 20 balls and included two fours and a six.
 
Kallis kept the scoreboard moving in the company of Tiwary but, at 92, he fell, trying to smash one from Ojha through the covers and sending the ball straight to Rohit Sharma, who captained the side in the absence of Ricky Ponting, who sat out of today's game after a poor run with the bat this season.  
 
Tiwary and Morgan added 54 for the fourth wicket before the latter top-edged a delivery from Johnson to Sharma at mid-wicket.
 
Malinga bowled Tiwari with a superb yorker off the fourth ball of the last over and with the last ball claimed Debabrata Das (6).
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Yusuf Pathan c Harbhajan Singh b Johnson 19
Gautam Gambhir c Harbhajan Singh b Ojha 26
Jacques Kallis c Sharma b Ojha 37
Manoj Tiwary b Malinga 33
Eoin Morgan c Sharma b Johnson 31
Debabrata Das b Malinga 6
Rajat Bhatia not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Pathan, 1.1 overs), 2-68 (Gambhir, 7.6), 3-92 (Kallis, 11.4), 4-146 (Morgan, 17.6), 5-158 (Tiwary, 19.4), 6-159 (Das, 19.6)
Bowling:
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-35-0
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-26-2
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-21-2
Kieron Pollard 2-0-14-0
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-34-0
 
Mumbai Indians:
Dwayne Smith c sub (McCullum) b Narine 62
Sachin Tendulkar b Narine 2
Dinesh Karthik lbw Senanayake 7
Rohit Sharma c & b Narine 34
Kieron Pollard c Tiwary b Bhatia 33
Ambati Rayudu not out 13
Harbhajan Singh not out 7
Extras (lb 4) 4
Total (for five wickets in 19.5 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Tendulkar, 4.5 overs), 2-64 (Karthik, 7.5), 3-82 (Smith, 10.6), 4-132 (Sharma, 16.6), 5-150 (Pollard, 19.1)
Bowling:
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-24-0
Iqbal Abdulla 4-0-35-0
Sunil Narine 4-0-17-3
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-50-1
Rajat Bhatia 3.5-0-32-1
 
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Chasing 160, Mumbai Indians make 79/2 in first 10 overs against KKR

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians hits the second consecutive six of the innings during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians hits the second consecutive six of the innings during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing a target of 160 for a win, Mumbai Indians made 79 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the 33rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.
 
Opener Dwayne Smith (61) and Rohit Sharma (5) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, KKR made 159 for six in their 20 overs.
 
Mumbai Indians began the chase on a confident note, with Smith and Sachin Tendulkar, who turned 40 day, adding 29 for the first wicket. Tendulkar had faced only six balls and made two runs before he was bowled by Sunil Narine in the fifth over.
 
Dinesh Karthik (7) and Smith took the score to 64 before the before the former was trapped leg before wicket by Sachithra Senanayake. At the end of ten overs, Mumbai Indians still needed 81 runs from the remaining 60 balls.
 
Jacques Kallis topscored for KKR with 37, which included four fours, while Manoj Tiwary made 33, with two fours and a six, and Eoin Morgan 31, inclusive of four fours and a six.
 
Skipper Gautam Gambhir (26) and opener Yusuf Pathan (19) were the other Kolkata batsmen who got into double figures.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets each.
 
Opting to bat first after rains delayed the start of the match by about half an hour, KKR got off to an explosive start, getting 26 runs from the first over sent down by Harbhajan Singh,  with Pathan hitting the first three balls for fours and the fourth one for a six. A no-ball later, Gambhir smashed him for another six.
 
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Mitchell Johnson, however, got rid of Pathan with his second ball, which the batsman edged to Harbhajan Singh at first slip. Pathan's 19 came off six balls and included three fours and a six.
 
Gambhir and Kallis added 41 for the second wicket before Pragyan Ojha had the former caught by Harbhajan Singh, this time off an outside edge. Gabhir's 26 was made off 20 balls and included two fours and a six.
 
Kallis kept the scoreboard moving in the company of Tiwary but, at 92, he fell, trying to smash one from Ojha through the covers and sending the ball straight to Rohit Sharma, who captained the side in the absence of Ricky Ponting, who sat out of today's game after a poor run with the bat this season.  
 
Tiwary and Morgan added 54 for the fourth wicket before the latter top-edged a delivery from Johnson to Sharma at mid-wicket.
 
Malinga bowled Tiwari with a superb yorker off the fourth ball of the last over and with the last ball claimed Debabrata Das (6).
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Yusuf Pathan c Harbhajan Singh b Johnson 19
Gautam Gambhir c Harbhajan Singh b Ojha 26
Jacques Kallis c Sharma b Ojha 37
Manoj Tiwary b Malinga 33
Eoin Morgan c Sharma b Johnson 31
Debabrata Das b Malinga 6
Rajat Bhatia not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Pathan, 1.1 overs), 2-68 (Gambhir, 7.6), 3-92 (Kallis, 11.4), 4-146 (Morgan, 17.6), 5-158 (Tiwary, 19.4), 6-159 (Das, 19.6)
Bowling:
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-35-0
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-26-2
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-21-2
Kieron Pollard 2-0-14-0
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-34-0
 
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Kolkata Knight Riders make 159/6 against Mumbai Indians

Jacques Kallis of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Jacques Kallis of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made 159 for six wickets in their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 33rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.

Jacques Kallis topscored for KKR with 37, which included four fours, while Manoj Tiwary made 33, with two fours and a six, and Eoin Morgan 31, inclusive of four fours and a six.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir (26) and opener Yusuf Pathan (19) were the other Kolkata batsmen who got into double figures.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson took two wickets each.
 
Opting to bat first after rains delayed the start of the match by about half an hour, KKR got off to an explosive start, getting 26 runs from the first over sent down by Harbhajan Singh,  with Pathan hitting the first three balls for fours and the fourth one for a six. A no-ball later, Gambhir smashed him for another six.
 
Mitchell Johnson, however, got rid of Pathan with his second ball, which the batsman edged to Harbhajan Singh at first slip. Pathan's 19 came off six balls and included three fours and a six.
 
Gambhir and Kallis added 41 for the second wicket before Pragyan Ojha had the former caught by Harbhajan Singh, this time off an outside edge. Gambhir's 26 was made off 20 balls and included two fours and a six.
 
Kallis kept the scoreboard moving in the company of Tiwary but, at 92, he fell, trying to smash one from Ojha through the covers and sending the ball straight to Rohit Sharma, who captained the side in the absence of Ricky Ponting, who sat out of today's game after a poor run with the bat this season.  
 
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Tiwary and Morgan added 54 for the fourth wicket before the latter top-edged a delivery from Johnson to Sharma at mid-wicket.
 
Malinga bowled Tiwari with a superb yorker off the fourth ball of the last over and with the last ball claimed Debabrata Das (6).
 
Scoreboard:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Yusuf Pathan c Harbhajan Singh b Johnson 19
Gautam Gambhir c Harbhajan Singh b Ojha 26
Jacques Kallis c Sharma b Ojha 37
Manoj Tiwary b Malinga 33
Eoin Morgan c Sharma b Johnson 31
Debabrata Das b Malinga 6
Rajat Bhatia not out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Pathan, 1.1 overs), 2-68 (Gambhir, 7.6), 3-92 (Kallis, 11.4), 4-146 (Morgan, 17.6), 5-158 (Tiwary, 19.4), 6-159 (Das, 19.6)
Bowling:
Harbhajan Singh 2-0-35-0
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-26-2
Lasith Malinga 4-0-25-2
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-21-2
Kieron Pollard 2-0-14-0
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-34-0
 
 
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Knight Riders make 81/2 in first 10 overs against Mumbai Indians

Yusuf Pathan of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Yusuf Pathan of Kolkata Knight Riders in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Kolkata on April 24, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) made 81 for two in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 33rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here tonight.

Jacques Kallis (28) and Manoj Tiwary (6) were at the crease at the half-way mark.
 
The wickets that fell were those of openers Gautam Gambhir (26) and Yusuf Pathan (19).
 
Opting to bat first after rains delayed the start of the match by about half an hour, KKR got off to an explosive start, getting 26 runs from the first over sent down by Harbhajan Singh,  with Pathan hitting the first three balls for fours and the fourth one for a six. A no-ball later, Gambhir smashed him for another six.
 
Mitchell Johnson, however, got rid of Pathan with his second ball, which the batsman edged to Harbhajan Singh at first slip. Pathan's 19 came off six balls and included three fours and a six.
 
Gambhir and Kallis added 41 for the second wicket before Pragyan Ojha had the former caught by Harbhajan Singh, this time off an outside edge. Gabhir's 26 was made off 20 balls and included two fours and a six.
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Mumbai Indians' regular captain Ricky Ponting, who has had a poor run with the bat this season, decided to sit out of today's match, and Rohit Sharma was leading the side in his absence.
 
KKR brought in slow left-arm orthodox bowler Iqbal Abdullah to assist Sunil Narine and Sachithra Senanayake, the other two spinners in the team.
 
Mitchell Johnson replaced Ponting in the Mumbai Indians team, strengthening the bowling. They also included two more spinners -- Pragyan Ojha and Yuzvendra Chahal -- to team up with Harbhajan Singh. Making way for them were Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah.
 
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Knight Riders to bat first, Rohit Sharma to captain Mumbai Indians

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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir won the toss and elected to bat first against Mumbai Indians in the 33rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens here today.
 
The start of the match was delayed by about half an hour because of showers in the city this evening.
 
Mumbai Indians' regular captain Ricky Ponting, who has had a poor run with the bat this season, decided to sit out of today's match, and Rohit Sharma was leading the side in his absence.
 
KKR brought in slow left-arm orthodox bowler Iqbal Abdullah to assist Sunil Narine and Sachithra Senanayake, the other two spinners in the team.
 
Mitchell Johnson replaced Ponting in the Mumbai Indians team, strengthening the bowling. They also included two more spinners -- Pragyan Ojha and Yuzvendra Chahal -- to team up with Harbhajan Singh. Making way for them were Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah.
 
The teams:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachithra Senanayake, Sunil Narine, Laxmipathy Balaji
 
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Mitchell Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lasith Malinga
 
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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates 40th birthday

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar cutting a cake to mark his 40th birthday in Mumbai on April 24, 2013 as his wife Anjali watches on.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar cutting a cake to mark his 40th birthday in Mumbai on April 24, 2013 as his wife Anjali watches on.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar cutting a cake to mark his 40th birthday in Mumbai on April 24, 2013 as his wife Anjali watches on.

Playback singer Shamshad Begum passes away at 94


 
Veteran singer Shamshad Begum passes away at 94

Legendary film playback singer Shamshad Begum, whose voice captivated several generations of Bollywood music lovers, died here late last night, industry sources said. 

She was 94. The funeral was held today, they said.
 
Begum, one of the first playback singers in the Indian film industry, passed away at her residence here after prolonged illness, family sources said. She had been living with her daughter and son-in-law for the past many years after the death of her husband.
 
Born on April 14, 1919 at Amritsar in Punjab, Begum started singing in 1933 and had sung on Lahore and Peshawar radio stations in the pre-partition days. Later, she used to sing for All India Radio.
 
She had promised her father that she would pose for photographs and, therefore, there are very few pictures of her though most people of that era could instantly recognize her inimitable voice when they heard it in movies or on radio.
 
The Lahore-based composer Ghulam Haider had used her voice for his early films like Khazanchi (1941) and Khandaan (1942). When he moved to Mumbai, she joined his team in the metropolis.
 
One of her early successes was "Meri Jaan..Sunday ke Sunday" composed by C Ramachandra. Her songs for composer Naushad in the late 1940s and early 1950s made her a household name in India. Even though several other singers had arrived on the scene, Naushad continued to team with her for several songs, including four of the 12 songs in Mother India. She also sang several popular numbers for O P Nayyar.
 
Shamshad had a voice that was different from her contemporaries such as Noor Jehan, Mubarrak Begum, Suraiya, Sudha Malhotra, Lata Mangeshwkar, Asha Bhonsle and Geeta Dutt.
 
Some of her songs which remain popular till today include Teri Mehfil Mein from Mughal-e-Azam, Mere Piyan Gaye from Patanga, Leke Pehla Pehla Pyar from CID, Saiyan Dil Mein Aana Re from Bahar, Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar from Aar Paar, Kajra Mohabbat Wala, a duet with Asha Bhonsle in Kismat,  Mere Pya Gaye Rangoon from Patanga, Meri Neendon Main Tum, Meri Khwabon Mein Tum, a duet with Kishore Kumar from Naya Andaz, Reshmi Salwar Kurta Jaali Da from Naya Daur and Milte hi Aankhen Dil Hua, a duet with Talat Mahmood from Babul.
 
Begum had been honoured by the Government with the Padma Bhushan in 2009.
 
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Gayle strikes ton as RCB pile up 128/0 in first 10 overs against Pune Warriors

Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chris Gayle of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates his century during their match against Pune Warriors in Bangalore on April 23, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Chris Gayle pulverized the Pune Warriors bowling attack as he raced to the fastest century ever in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to steer Royal Challengers Bangalore to 128 for no loss from the first 10 of their 20 overs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here today.

Gayle was batting on 105, made off just 35 balls with the help of 11 sixes and eight fours, at the half-way mark. Keeping him company was Tilakeratne Dilshan, who had made 19, inclusive of three fours.

 

The match started in overcast conditions and was interrupted by rains for about half an hour, half-way into the second over.
 
The rains stopped, the match resumed, and the West Indian star then unleashed what is called a Gayle-storm by cricket writers. From the bowlers' point of view, it was carnage, plain and simple, with no clue as to how to contain him. 
 
Aaron Finch, who sent down one over and was clobbered for 29 runs, was clearly at his wit's end. He was also probably rueing his decision to ask the home team to bat first.
 
RCB began quietly, taking only three runs off the first over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Gayle provided some indications of things to come when he smached Ishwar Pandey for two consecutive fours in the next, but then rains came and play was interrupted. When play finally resumed, Gayle picked up from where he left off, hammering Pandey for three more fours, making it 21 runs in all from that over.
 
That was more or less going to be the norm for the rest of the innings, though Kumar gave away only four in his second over and Dinda five in the fourth.
 
Over five from Mitchell Marsh began with two sixes and a four, and after a dot ball, two more sixes followed -- 28 runs in all. The shots were flowing to all parts of the ground, and deeper into the stands, and higher onto the roof. Gayle had aleady reached his 50 in the fifth over, off just 17 balls, with six fours and four sixes. RCB were 61/0 then.
 
Kumar conceded just one in his third over. Gayle made up for that in the next, sent down by Murtaza Ali, hitting him for two sixes and a four. Finch came on and gave away 29 -- four sixes and a four, plus a single -- and that effectively removed him from the attack.
 
It was Dinda's turn, and Gayle got a free hit. The bowler sent down a gentle full toss, and Gayle whacked straight on to the roof to reach his century, off just 30 balls, the fastest ever in six years of the IPL, beating Yusuf Pathan's 37-ball ton. At the end of 10 overs, RCB were on 128 for no loss.
 
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India Infoline raises Rs 628 crore in Alternate Investment Fund

India Infoline Limited (IIFL) today said it had received capital commitments of Rs 628 crore for its maiden Alternative Investment Fund (AIF) which has attained successful closure.

The commitments make it India's largest AIF closing till date, a press release from the company said here today.
 
"IIFL Income Opportunities Fund is a closed ended debt scheme with the objective of investing in debt and debt-related instruments issued by good corporates/groups, secured against quality assets and are structured to provide periodic cash flows. Employing diversification across sectors and leveraging the IIFL Group’s significant sourcing capabilities, the fund shall endeavour to fetch its investors enhanced fixed income returns with periodic cash flows," the release said.
 
Mr. Karan Bhagat, MD and CEO of IIFL Wealth Management said, “We are highly encouraged by the response to the fund. Not only did we present a unique investment opportunity, we also aligned the fee structure with our clients’ interests. Bucking the industry trend, we decided not to charge performance fees on the fund and hence leave substantial value on the table for our clients. The management fee charged by the fund is also amongst the lowest in the industry. Finally, the corpus raised by the fund indicates the confidence investors place in the IIFL group’s asset management capabilities. Going forward, we shall continue to launch innovative investment propositions for clients through Category I, II and III AIFs.”
 
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Reliance Jio, Bharti announce deal for international data connectivity

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Telecom services provider Bharti Airtel Limited and Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, the telecommunications unit of Reliance industries Limited (RIL), today announced they had signed a deal under which Bharti would provide Reliance Jio data capacity on its i2i submarine cable.

i2i connects India to Singapore and is wholly owned by Bharti. The state-of-the-art cable consists of eight fiber pairs using DWDM, capable of supporting multiple terabits of capacity per fiber pair. Its landing points are at Chennai in India and Tuas in Singapore. 
 
Reliance Jio will utilize a dedicated fiber pair on i2i. The high speed link will enable Reliance Jio to extend its network and service reach to customers across Asia Pacific region. It will connect Reliance Jio directly to the world’s major business hubs and ISPs, thereby, helping the operator to meet the bandwidth demand and provide ultra-fast data experience to its customers, a joint press release from the two companies said.
 
The Indefeasible Right to Use (IRU) Agreement marks Reliance Jio’s continued efforts to rapidly grow and expand both its international and domestic network and infrastructure by building an ecosystem with multiple carriers and service providers, the release said.
 
According to it, Bharti and Reliance Jio will continue to build on this strategic framework and consider other mutual areas of cooperation and development to leverage their respective assets towards offering their customers a much richer experience.
 
Bharti’s global network runs across 225,000 Rkms, covering 50 countries and 5 continents. It includes ownership of i2i submarine cable system connecting Chennai to Singapore, consortium ownership of SMW4 submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe, and new cable system investments like Asia America Gateway (AAG), India Middle East & Western Europe (IMEWE), Unity, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and East Africa Submarine System (EASSy). It also has terrestrial express connectivity to neighboring countries including Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and China.
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Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), a subsidiary of the Mukesh Ambani-led RIL is the only pan India operator with Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum across 22 circles capable of offering fourth generation (4G) wireless services. 
 
With a portfolio of products to include high speed broadband connectivity, communications, entertainment, and cloud services, RJIL plans to deliver integrated digital services across the nation, the release said.
 
Bharti Airtel has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and ranks amongst the top four mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.
 
In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 269 million customers across its operations at the end of March 2013. 
 
Earlier this month, RJIL had signed a Rs 1200 crore deal to use the fibre optic network of Reliance Communications Ltd (RCOM), controlled by Mr Mukesh Ambani's estranged younger brother Anil Ambani, to roll out its 4G services.
 
A statement issued by Reliance Communications said the two companies had a definitive agreement for approximately Rs 1200 crore as one-time indefeasible right to use (IRU) fees for sharing RCOM's nationwide inter-city fiber optic network infrastructure.
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"Under the terms of the agreement, Reliance Jio Infocomm will utilize multiple fiber pairs across RCOM's 1,20,000 kilometres inter-city fiber optic network to provide a robust and future-proof backbone for rolling out its state-of-the-art 4G services," it said.
 
The statement said that, as per the agreement, RCOM would in turn have reciprocal access to optic fiber infrastructure to be built by Reliance Jio Infocomm in the future.
 
"The agreement is the first in an intended comprehensive framework of business cooperation between Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Communications to provide for optimal utilization of the existing and future infrastructure of both companies on reciprocal basis, including inter alia, inter-city fiber, intra-city fiber, towers and related assets," the RCOM statement added.
 
The agreement is the first business tie-up between the groups controlled by the estranged billionaire brothers.
 
At that time, RIL sources had said that the company was discussing with several companies for various infrastructure like intra-city fiber, towers and so on.
 
"In addition we are also building our own Inter city and Intra city fiber, tower and other infrastructure," they had said.
 
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Delhi Daredevils thrash Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets

Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Virender Sehwag returned to form with an explosive unbeaten 95 as Delhi Daredevils raced to a nine-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians to end six-match losing streak in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla here today.

Chasing 162 for a win, Sehwag and skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who promoted himself up the batting order, set a scorching pace as they put on 151 for the first wicket in 15.5 overs.
 
Jayawardene finally left, trapped leg before wicket by compatriot Lasith Malinga, after he had made 59 off 43 balls with eight fours and one six.
 
Sehwag's 95 came off 57 balls and included 13 fours and two sixes, a tremendous knock that had the home crowd cheering all the way. He was chosen Man of the Match.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted 161 for four from their 20 overs, powered by a fluent 73 by Rohit Sharma and a half-century by opener Sachin Tendulkar.
 
The Daredevils, who had lost all their six previous outings in this season of IPL, began the chase on a tentative note, making just 8 from the first two overs and 17 from the first three.
 
Sehwag broke loose in the fourth over from Jasprit Bumrah, hitting him for two fours and a six. After that, there was no stopping the Delhi star.
 
The Mumbai Indians got a taste of what was to follow in Munaf Patel's next over, as Sehwag and Jaywardene hammered him for two fours each. Delhi Daredevils were 51/0 at the end of five overs.
 
There was no stopping the two batsmen as they continued to make merry, hitting the ball to all corners of the ground. Sehwag finally lifted the spirits in the Daredevils camp and pumped some adrenalin in what has been a lifeless IPL campaign for the home team so far.
 
Sehwag, who missed the first three IPL matches with a back spasm, looked completely out of sorts in the last three matches as Daredevils earned the nickname of favourite whipping boys in the IPL.
 
On Sunday, with the crowd chanting his name, Sehwag looked uncontrollable and whipped the Mumbai Indians bowling with his fine stroke-play. He was aggressive today but not reckless.
 
Sehwag and Jayawardene made a cautious start as 17 runs came off the first three overs. But as the floodgates opened the duo milked 85 off the next seven and Daredevils were comfortably placed at 102 for no loss. In fact, it became a no contest after 10 overs and Daredevils easily got 63 runs in seven and romped home safely with nine wickets in hand.
 
Sehwag made the best of the life he got in the third over while he was batting on two. Youngster Jasprit Bumrah dropped him at fine-leg off Munaf Patel and that proved costly for Mumbai Indians. From then on there was no stopping Shewag. He set the tone of his innings, whacking Patel for a four off Patel’s third ball behind square leg.
 
In the next over, Sehwag came down hard on Bumrah hitting the youngster for two fours and a six as 17 runs came from the 4th over to open the floodgates. Patel also found himself at the receiving end of Sehwag’s fury in the next over. Sehwag hit the first two balls for  fours and then Jayawardene joined him to hit two more fours as 17 runs came off the over.
 
Sehwag and Jayawardene’s innings reminded the fans of their 135-run first wicket stand in a winning cause against Mumbai Indians at the same venue last year.
 
Their 151-run stand completely overshadowed the 96-run stand between Rohit Sharma (73) and Sachin Tendulkar (54) as Mumbai Indians put a competitive total of 161 for four in 20 overs.
 
The Delhi crowd got to see some attacking batting by Sharma, whose 73 came off just 43 balls and was studded with five sixes and five fours as Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to end up with a good score.
 
The visitors lost Dwayne Smith (8) with the score at just 11 in the fourth over and two overs later Dinesh Karthik (2) left with the total at 22.
 
Tendulkar and Sharma then added 96 for the third wicket before the former departed, caught by Warner off Yadav. His 54 came off 47 balls and included three fours and two sixes.
 
Sharma and Kieron Pollard (19 not out) then continued to plunder the bowling, putting on 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Sharma finally left in the 19th over, caught by Russen off Yadav.
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Pollard finished off the innings in style, with a huge six over mid-on off Roelof van der Merwe.
 
For the Daredevils, Umesh Yadav picked up two for 31, while van der Merwe got one for 35.
 
The Daredevils now have one win from seven outings, while Mumbai Indians have three wins from their six engagements so far.
 
Mumbai Indians went into the match with three changes, with Dwayne Smith, Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah replacing Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Rishi Dhawan.
 
Delhi brought in van der Merwe for the injured Jeevan Mendis. Venugopal Rao came in for the injured Manprit Juneja and Andre Russel for Morne Morkel.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c Yadav b van der Merwe 8
Sachin Tendulkar c Warner b Yadav 54
Dinesh Karthik run out (Yadav) 2
Rohit Sharma c Russell b Yadav 73
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Ambati Rayudu not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Smith, 3.2 overs), 2-22 (Karthik, 5.1), 3-118 (Tendulkar, 16.2), 4-149 (Sharma, 18.6)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-20-0
Roelof van der Merwe 4-0-35-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-31-2
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-37-0
Andre Russell 1-0-13-0
 
Delhi Daredevils
Mahela Jayawardene lbw b Malinga 59
Virender Sehwag not out 95
David Warner not out 7
Extras (w 1, nb 3) 4
Total (One wicket in 17 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-151 (Jayawardene, 15.5 overs)
Bowling
Lasith Malinga 4-0-26-1
Jasprit Bumrah 3-0-38-0
Munaf Patel 4-0-36-0
Harbhajan Singh 3-0-30-0
Dwayne Smith 2-0-24-0
Kieron Pollard 1-0-11-0
 
Match details:
Toss: Mumbai Indians, chose to bat
Points: Delhi Daredevils 2, Mumbai Indians 0
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and S. Ravi
TV umpire: C.K. Nandan
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: K. Bharatan
 
 
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Chasing 162, Delhi Daredevils make 102/0 in first 10 overs

Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Virender Sehwag of Delhi Daredevils in action during their match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Chasing 162 for a win, Delhi Daredevils raced to 102 for no loss in the first 10 of their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the 28th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla here today.

Openers Virender Sehwag (58) and Mahela Jayawardene (42) were at the crase at the half-way mark.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians posted 161 for four from their 20 overs, powered by a fluent 73 by Rohit Sharma and a half-century by opener Sachin Tendulkar.
 
The Daredevils, who have lost all their six previous outings in this season of IPL, began the chase on a tentative note, making just 8 from the first two overs.
 
Sehwag broke loose in the fourth over from Jasprit Bumrah, hitting him for two fours and a six. After that, there was no stopping the Delhi star, and the local fans could not stop cheering.
 
The Mumbai Indians got a taste of what was to follow in Munaf Patel's next over, as Sehwag and Jaywardene hammered him for two fours each. Delhi Daredevils were 51/0 at the end of five overs.
 
There was no stopping the two batsmen as they continued to make merry, hitting the ball to all corners of the ground.
 
Earlier, the Delhi crowd got to see some attacking batting by Sharma, whose 73 came off just 43 balls and was studded with five sixes and five fours as Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to end up with a good score.
 
The visitors lost Dwayne Smith (8) with the score at just 11 in the fourth over and two overs later Dinesh Karthik (2) left with the total at 22.
 
Tendulkar and Sharma then added 96 for the third wicket before the former departed, caught by Warner off Yadav. His 54 came off 47 balls and included three fours and two sixes.
 
Sharma and Kieron Pollard (19 not out) then continued to plunder the bowling, putting on 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Sharma finally left in the 19th over, caught by Russen off Yadav.
 
Pollard finished off the innings in style, with a huge six over mid-on off Roelof van der Merwe.
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For the Daredevils, Umesh Yadav picked up two for 31, while van der Merwe got one for 35.
 
Mumbai Indians went into the match with three changes, with Dwayne Smith, Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah replacing Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Rishi Dhawan.
 
Delhi brought in van der Merwe for the injured Jeevan Mendis. Venugopal Rao came in for the injured Manprit Juneja and Andre Russel for Morne Morkel.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c Yadav b van der Merwe 8
Sachin Tendulkar c Warner b Yadav 54
Dinesh Karthik run out (Yadav) 2
Rohit Sharma c Russell b Yadav 73
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Ambati Rayudu not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Smith, 3.2 overs), 2-22 (Karthik, 5.1), 3-118 (Tendulkar, 16.2), 4-149 (Sharma, 18.6)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-20-0
Roelof van der Merwe 4-0-35-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-31-2
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-37-0
Andre Russell 1-0-13-0
 
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Mumbai Indians post 161/4 against Delhi Daredevils

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians hits a six during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians hits a six during their match against Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League in Delhi on April 21 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Rohit Sharma hammered a fluent 73 and opener Sachin Tendulkar scored a half-century as Mumbai Indians posted 161 for four against Delhi Daredevils in the 28th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla here today.

Sharma's knock came off 43 balls and was studded with five sixes and five fours as Mumbai Indians recovered from a poor start to end up with a good score.
 
The visitors lost Dwayne Smith (8) with the score at just 11 in the fourth over and two overs later Dinesh Karthik (2) left with the total at 22.
 
Tendulkar and Sharma then added 96 for the third wicket before the former departed, caught by Warner off Yadav. His 54 came off 47 balls and included three fours and two sixes.
 
Sharma and Kieron Pollard (19 not out) then continued to plunder the bowling, putting on 31 runs for the fourth wicket. Sharma finally left in the 19th over, caught by Russen off Yadav.
 
Pollard finished off the innings in style, with a huge six over mid-on off Roelof van der Merwe.
 
For the Daredevils, Umesh Yadav picked up two for 31, while van der Merwe got one for 35.
 
Mumbai Indians went into the match with three changes, with Dwayne Smith, Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah replacing Mitchell Johnson, Pragyan Ojha and Rishi Dhawan.
 
Delhi brought in van der Merwe for the injured Jeevan Mendis. Venugopal Rao came in for the injured Manprit Juneja and Andre Russel for Morne Morkel.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Dwayne Smith c Yadav b van der Merwe 8
Sachin Tendulkar c Warner b Yadav 54
Dinesh Karthik run out (Yadav) 2
Rohit Sharma c Russell b Yadav 73
Kieron Pollard not out 19
Ambati Rayudu not out 2
Extras (lb 1, w 2) 3
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 161
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Smith, 3.2 overs), 2-22 (Karthik, 5.1), 3-118 (Tendulkar, 16.2), 4-149 (Sharma, 18.6)
Bowling:
Irfan Pathan 4-0-24-0
Shahbaz Nadeem 4-0-20-0
Roelof van der Merwe 4-0-35-1
Umesh Yadav 4-0-31-2
Ajit Agarkar 3-0-37-0
Andre Russell 1-0-13-0
 
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Couldn't have asked for better: Rahul Dravid

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid said that he could not have asked anything better from his boys who defeated Mumbai Indians by a massive 87-run margin in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here last night.

"It was brilliant, couldn't have asked for better. Wanted our A game to come out, I think our A+ game came out," said Dravid.
 
The former India captain said it was a pre-planned strategy to send Dishant Yagnik ahead of him. 
 
"We discussed it during our meeting to get Yagnik out and try to unsettle the spinners. Demoting myself wasn't a big deal, had we lost a wicket early I would have come out to bat. We believe we are a good side and can beat teams, but it's early days in the tournament. Gives a lot of confidence," he said.
 
Ajinkya Rahane, who was chosen Man of the Match for his unbeaten 54-ball 68, said he wanted to bat till the end.
 
"Again I wanted to bat till the last over. We all know that Mumbai are a big team and we did a good job. That's my natural game, even last year I was doing the same thing and will love to continue doing that. Watson's a crucial player, Yagnik and Hodge did their job very well too," he said.
 
Mumbai Indians skipper Ricky Ponting admitted his side was outplayed.
 
"Fair to say we were outplayed in all three departments. The pitch looked very good but it held up a little when we batted, full credit to RR for the way they batted. We need to address a few areas of our game that we need to talk about. 
 
"I don't think the conditions were too bad, we needed to adapt quicker. The way they bowled a lot of slower balls, took the pace off it, they did well. It's better to lose these games early in the tournament than later," he said.
 
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Rajasthan Royals thrash Mumbai Indians by 87 runs

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 their match against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on April 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals thrashed Mumbai Indians by 87 runs in the 23rd match of 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 hosts posted 179 for three from their 20 overs, powered by an unbeaten 68 by opener Ajinkya Rahane.
 
They then bowled out the visitors for 92 in 18.2 overs to score a comprehensive win.
 
With this win, Rajasthan Royals jumped to the top of the table with eight points from five matches. Mumbai Indians dropped from second place to fourth with six points from five matches.
 
Mumbai Indians began the chase in disastrous fashion, with their star openers Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Ricky Ponting (4) back in the pavilion with just 10 on the board in three overs.
 
Off-spinner Ajit Chandila struck with the fourth ball off the innings when Tendulkar in his attempt to sweep top edged it to Siddharth Trivedi at short-fine leg. In his next over, he got rid of Ponting, taking a simple catch off his own bowling.
 
Mumbai Indians could not really recover from the two early blows and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. 
 
Rohit Sharma (2) and Kieron Pollard (1) also did not last very long and the visitors were reduced to 31 for four in the 8th over. At the half-way mark, they were 44 for four.
 
Dinesh Karthik topscored for them with 30, inclusive of three fours, while Ambati Rayudu made 27 with two fours. Mitchell Johnson (11) was the only other Mumbai batsman to cross into double figures.
 
For Rajasthan Royals, James Faulkner took three for 16, while Ajit Chandila, who accounted for Tendulkar and Ponting, took two for six from his two overs. Stuart Binny also took two for 14 while Kevon Cooper picked up one.
 
Earlier, batting first, the home team began well, with openers Shane Watrson (31) and Rahane adding 62 for 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.
 
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Rahane and Dishant Yagnik (34) added 53 for the second wicket before the latter was caught by Tendulkar off Harbhajan Singh. Stuart Binny failed to get going yet again and could make only four before he was run out.
 
Rahane and Brad Hodge (27, 2x4) then added 53 for the unfinished fourth wicket stand. Rahane's 68 came off 54 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six -- an effort which got him the Man of the Match award.
 
Skipper Rahul Dravid’s decision to promote Dishant Yagnik ahead of himself at number 3 proved to be a masterstroke as the youngster hit  a 24-ball 34 and added 53 crucial runs for the second wicket with Rahane.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Karthik b Pollard 31
Ajinkya Rahane not out 68
Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan Singh 34
Stuart Binny run out (Johnson/Ojha) 4
Brad Hodge not out 27
Extras (lb 7, w 6, nb 2) 15
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Watson, 7.2 overs), 2-115 (Yagnik, 13.4), 3-126 (Binny, 15.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-41-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-30-0
Rishi Dhawan 2-0-20-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-31-0
Kieron Pollard 2-0-24-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-26-1
 
Mumbai Indians
Sachin Tendulkar c Trivedi b Chandila 1
Ricky Ponting c & b Chandila 4
Dinesh Karthik c Hodge b Faulkner 30
Rohit Sharma c Watson b Trivedi 2
Kieron Pollard b Binny 1
Ambati Rayudu lbw Cooper 27
Rishi Dhawan c Faulkner b Binny 0
Harbhajan Singh run out (Dravid/Yagnik) 1
Mitchell Johnson b Faulkner 11
Lasith Malinga b Faulkner 7
Pragyan Ojha not out 1
Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7
Total (all out in 18.2 overs) 92
Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tendulkar, 0.4 overs), 2-10 (Ponting, 2.5), 3-26 (Sharma, 6.1), 4-31 (Pollard, 7.5), 5-61 (Karthik, 12.4), 6-63 (Dhawan, 13.2), 7-64 (Harbhajan Singh, 13.5), 8-83 (Johnson, 16.1), 9-83 (Rayudu, 17.1)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 2-0-6-2
Ankeet Chavan 3-0-10-0
James Faulkner 3.2-1-16-3
Siddharth Trivedi 4-1-17-1
Stuart Binny 3-0-14-2
Kevon Cooper 3-0-25-1
 
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Chasing 180, Mumbai Indians on 44/4 after 10 overs against Rajasthan Royals

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 their match against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on April 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Chasing 180 for a win, Mumbai Indians were struggling at 44 for four wickets after the first 10 of their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 23rd match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.
 
Dinesh Karthik (19) and Ambati Rayudu (9) were batting at the half-way mark.
 
Mumbai Indians began the chase in disastrous fashion, with their star openers Sachin Tendulkar (1) and Ricky Ponting (4) back in the pavilion with just 10 on the board in three overs.
 
Rohit Sharma (2) and Kieron Pollard (1) also did not last very long and the visitors were reduced to 31 for four in the 8th over.
 
Earlier, opting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals posted 179 for three from their 20 overs, powered by an unbeaten 68 by opener Ajinkya Rahane.
 
The home team began well, with openers Shane Watrson (31) and Rahane adding 62 for 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.
 
Rahane and Dishant Yagnik (34) added 53 for the second wicket before the latter was caught by Tendulkar off Harbhajan Singh. Stuart Binny failed to get going yet again and could make only four before he was run out.
 
Rahane and Brad Hodge (27, 2x4) then added 53 for the unfinished fourth wicket stand. Rahane's 68 came off 54 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
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Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Karthik b Pollard 31
Ajinkya Rahane not out 68
Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan Singh 34
Stuart Binny run out (Johnson/Ojha) 4
Brad Hodge not out 27
Extras (lb 7, w 6, nb 2) 15
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Watson, 7.2 overs), 2-115 (Yagnik, 13.4), 3-126 (Binny, 15.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-41-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-30-0
Rishi Dhawan 2-0-20-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-31-0
Kieron Pollard 2-0-24-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-26-1
 
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Rajasthan Royals post 179 for three 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 their match against Mumbai Indians at Jaipur on April 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Powered by an unbeaten 68 by opener Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals posted 179 for three from 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.

Powered by an unbeaten 68 by opener Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals posted 179 for three from 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.
 
Rahane and Dishant Yagnik (34) added 53 for the second wicket before the latter was caught by Tendulkar off Harbhajan Singh. Stuart Binny failed to get going yet again and could make only four before he was run out.
 
Rahane and Brad Hodge (27, 2x4) then added 53 for the unfinished fourth wicket stand.
 
Rahane's 68 came off 54 balls and was studded with eight fours and a six.
 
For Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard and Harbhajan Singh picked up a wicket apiece.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals:
Shane Watson c Karthik b Pollard 31
Ajinkya Rahane not out 68
Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan Singh 34
Stuart Binny run out (Johnson/Ojha) 4
Brad Hodge not out 27
Extras (lb 7, w 6, nb 2) 15
Total (for three wickets in 20 overs) 179
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Watson, 7.2 overs), 2-115 (Yagnik, 13.4), 3-126 (Binny, 15.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-41-0
Lasith Malinga 4-0-30-0
Rishi Dhawan 2-0-20-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-31-0
Kieron Pollard 2-0-24-1
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-26-1
 
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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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