Malinga strikes for Mumbai Indians in IPL

The Associated Press
Mumbai Indians' co-owner Mukesh Ambani, center, mingles with players as his team wins during an Indian Premier League cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 10, 2011. The fourth edition of the world's richest cricket tournament scheduled between April 8-May 28 comprises of 10 teams and 74 matches. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
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Mumbai Indians' co-owner Mukesh Ambani, center, mingles with players as his team wins during an Indian Premier League cricket match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 10, 2011. The fourth edition of the world's richest cricket tournament scheduled between April 8-May 28 comprises of 10 teams and 74 matches.

Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga took 5-13 from just 3.4 overs to lead Mumbai Indians to an eight-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils on Sunday, while new franchise Pune Warriors opened with a seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

Man-of-the-match Malinga dismissed David Warner for one, Venugopal Rao for 26 and Unmukt Chand, Morne Morkel and Ashok Dinda for ducks to skittle the hosts for 95 in 17.4 overs in the day/night game.

Skipper Sachin Tendulkar then struck a patient 46 not out to give 2010 finalist Mumbai Indians a winning start to the new season. The visitors scored 99 for two with 19 balls remaining.

On a day dominated by pacers, Warriors new-ball pair of South African Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh shared five wickets to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 112 for eight in 20 overs to set up a seven-wicket win in Mumbai.

Malinga, who lit up the World Cup with his speed and swing, dismissed Warner with a yorker and bowled Chand with a full length delivery in the space of three deliveries in the second over of the innings after Daredevils chose to bat first.

An aggressive Virender Sehwag fell for 19 to a direct hit by Tendulkar, while Australian Aaron Finch was caught at deep square leg by Ambati Rayudu off Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh as the visitors took a firm grip on the match at 40 for 4 after seven overs.

Naman Ojha (29) and Rao stitched a 42-run stand for the fifth wicket before Malinga caught Ojha at long-off off left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza.

Irfan Pathan was run out for a duck before Malinga yorked Rao and Morkel in the space of three deliveries. Harbhajan had Umesh Yadav stumped for his second wicket and Malinga wrapped up the innings when he had Dinda caught by New Zealander James Franklin at mid-off.

Mumbai Indians lost South African Davy Jacobs early, bowled for one by countryman Morne Morkel, but Tendulkar anchored the innings in style.

Tendulkar, who brought up the winning runs with a boundary off left-arm seamer Irfan Pathan, put on 30 runs for the second wicket with Ambati Rayudu (14) and 68 for the unbroken third wicket with Rohit Sharma (27).

Punjab lost a wicket each in its first four overs and was five down for 36 before South African allrounder Ryan McLaren struck a 43-ball 51 not out with six fours and a six to help his side recover and go past the 100-run mark.

The Warriors lost South African Graeme Smith caught at extra-cover off pacer Praveen Kumar in the very first ball of its innings but Jesse Ryder and Mithun Manhas put on 60 to set their side on the road to victory.

Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa added 45 for the unbroken fourth wicket to seal victory.

In the only match on Monday, Kolkata Knight Riders play Deccan Chargers in Kolkata.

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Scores:

Mumbai Indians 99-2 in 16.5 overs (Sachin Tendulkar 46 not out; Morne Morkel 1-29) def. Delhi Daredevils 95 in 17.4 overs (Naman Ojha 29; Lasith Malinga 5-13, Harbhajan Singh 2-14)

Pune Warriors 113-3 in 13.1 overs (Mithun Manhas 35, Jesse Ryder 31; Ryan McLaren 1-26) def. Kings XI Punjab 112-8 in 20 overs (Ryan McLaren 51 not out; Alfonso Thomas 2-27, Shrikant Wagh 3-16)