Aaron Finch of Pune Warriors in action against Kings XI Punjab during the T20 League match played at Mohali PCA Stadium. HT Photo/Rajnish Katyal
At the halfway mark, Pune Warriors were limping at 58 for two when Yuvraj Singh decided to free his arms and take on the Mumbai bowlers head-on.
The left-hand batsman launched Pragyan Ojha for two successive sixes over mid-wicket in the next over taking the run-rate above six for the first time in the innings.
As it turned out, the second six hit off Ojha's third ball, proved to be the last boundary of the Warriors innings.
To be more precise, Pune didn't score a single boundary for the next 57 balls of the innings.
While the last six in Pune’s innings was hit in the eleventh over, their last four came off the penultimate ball of the sixth over. The statistics tell the tale of Warriors’ batting here on Saturday.
And not surprisingly, the hosts once again lost the match, their ninth straight defeat and twelfth of the season.
Just too slow
Though most of the matches in Pune have turned out to be low scoring affairs due to the slow nature of the surface but 40 runs in the last nine overs with eight wickets in hand can never be justified.
Yuvraj, along with Manish Pandey, had laid a good platform by stitching together a 59-run partnership for the third wicket but the batsmen to follow failed to capitalise.
For Pune, to defend a below-par total against a star-studded batting line-up was too much to ask for. Mumbai Indians, though, started poorly with Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik returning to the hut early.
But skipper Rohit Sharma steadied the ship with Ambati Rayudu and Glenn Maxwell.