Pant turning x-factor to match-winning knock: Ponting

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Talking to him makes things easier for me. Mumbai Indians, who have reached the play-offs seven times and won the title three times, and Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils), who have reached the play-offs just thrice and are yet to win the title.

Sri Lanka's limited-overs skipper Lasith Malinga says he is ready to sacrifice his earnings from the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in order to win a place in the country's World Cup squad.

Salam started off proceedings with a no-ball and ended in an agonizing manner as well, conceding two sixes, a wide and a four in his last four deliveries that he bowled in the game.

"His recovery is on track and fortunately no sign on stress", a statement from Mumbai said.

Workload management has been a huge talk of the town leading up to the IPL and Indian captain Virat Kohli had advised his players to be smart and to assess their own bodies before taking the field. "It was U-14, U-16, so till the time I enjoy, I will play".

As a professional unit, Rohit said that the team must learn quickly from the mistakes they made in the opening game. At that stage it looked like Delhi Capitals will score somewhere around 180 if they manage to do well in the finishing overs.

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Lasith Malinga who is nearly assured of a place in the 50-over World Cup squad in England in June, aims to play next year's T20 World Cup in Australia before signing off from global cricket.

The youngster has had an incredible run with the national side and the Delhi team will be hoping he delivers the goods.

Delhi bowlers bowled well to hurt MI.

The Kotla pitch, which gets slower with passage of play, might force Dhoni to start with his pacers and keep Harbhajan and Tahir for the overs when Pant is expected to be in action.

"He (Pant) had an outstanding season past year as well". However, Tewatia returned to scalp the wicket of Mitchell McClenaghan, who was stumped after some sharp work behind the wickets from Pant.

"We were really very clear about how we want to approach the game". Yuvraj did roll back the years, with his fluent hitting, but his knock went in vain.

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