Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors - Tenacious Mumbai hold nerve to grab a one run win - Cricket News Roundup – Part 1 – May 04, 2012
On Thursday, May 03, Indian Premier League (IPL) fans saw a nail biting finish to the match between Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors, as the Indians kept nerve and managed to grab win from the clutches of defeat by just a run, successfully defending a tally of 120 runs at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune.
With this win, Mumbai have retained their third spot in the points table, while Pune are now lingering with the bottom four teams of the tournament.
From Pune, Mithun Manhas, was the highest scorer with 42 runs to his name, but his innings failed to take the team home.
Mumbai’s strike bowler, Lasith Malinga was named as the Player of the Match with two wickets to his name in four overs.
Pakistan’s spot-fixing tainted pacer, Mohammad Asif, on Thursday was released from Canterbury Prison in southeast England after serving half of his one year sentence for taking bribes and defrauding bookies during Pakistan’s tour of England in 2010.
Asif was jailed by a London court alongside pacer Mohammad Amir and skipper Salman Butt after being proved guilty of deliberately bowling no-balls by taking bribes against England, during the Lord’s Test.
Amir was charged for six months, who has already completed his term, while Butt was charged for 30 months and is still serving his term.
It is not clear yet, if Asif would return to his country or decide to stay in England.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ players have been ordered not to interact with media ahead of their crucial match against Pune Warriors on May 05.
"We have some rules and regulations that we are following," Knight Riders' Shakib Al Hasan said.
According to sources, KKR management does not want its players to say anything against the team which is being led by their former skipper, Sourav Ganguly, who was snubbed and left the side after developing bad blood with the management of the franchise.
An official of a private firm that was hired by KKR to arrange players’ interviews said, “We had sent a list of media requests for players' interviews, but the management says no player is available now or not getting time. I can't help. I am just waiting for the tournament to get over. I feel we have no role now."