Franklin's Mumbai crash to heavy IPL loss

Last updated 08:36 10/05/2012

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New Zealand allrounder James Franklin failed to fire as Mumbai slumped to a crushing nine-wicket defeat to Bangalore in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition.

Again opening the innings with Indian great Sachin Tendulkar, Franklin contributed a solitary run overnight (NZT) before he was dismissed when he slashed at a wide ball and was caught at third man.

Rohit Sharma also went early and Mumbai never recovered, posting a sub-par total of 141-6 from their 20 overs, batting first at Wankhede Stadium.

Chris Gayle then smashed 82 not out to lead Bangalore to a nine-wicket win, and top the list of run-scorers in the IPL this season.

Gayle now has 515 runs to overtake Virender Sehwag (468) after hitting six sixes and five fours in 59 balls.

The win lifted Bangalore to fourth in the nine-team league with six wins, five losses and one no-result from 12 games. Mumbai remains third with seven wins and five losses from 12 outings.

Franklin has played in 10 of Mumbai's matches, for 207 runs at 26 and a highest score of 79.

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