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Punjab 116-3 after 17.4 overs
Marsh 64*, Chawla 24*
Punjab have avenged their earlier loss to Pune and at the same time notched their first win of IPl 2012. After Marsh heaved the innings’ first six over long-on, it was up to Chawla to finish the game off with a boundary through the off-side. Now that the pressure of getting that first win is off their shoulders, Punjab should look forwards to their next match.
Punjab 88-3 after 15 overs
Marsh 50, Chawla 7
It is a solid half-century for Shaun Marsh who has played some intelligent shots to get to his landmark. He did however, need some luck when he skied one towards the long-on region and must have had his heart in his mouth until Dinda dropped it. Chawla on the other end looks confident and these two should ideally see this match off.
WICKET! Punjab 70-3 after 11.4 overs
Mandeep Singh c Smith b Sharma 10 (10)
Just when it looked like Pune had no chance of an upset here, Rahul Sharma scalps Singh—who impatiently tries to hit a biggie and top edges it straight to short mid-off. Second catch of the match for Smith.
Punjab 68-2 after 11 overs
Marsh 38, Singh 9
Gilchrist may have departed but Marsh has not let the run-rate come down. Along with a well timed four past extra cover, he has kept the score ticking with some smart running between the wickets. Mandeep Singh looks pretty attuned to this run-chase and has opened his boundaries account with a cheeky late-cut.
WICKET! Punjab 50-2 after 8 overs
Adam Gilchrist c Smith b Mathews 21 (17)
Now that is an important breakthrough for Pune. Adam Gilchrist falls for the trap as Mathews bowls outside the off-stump expecting him to whip at it and whip he does…only to see Smith dive and pluck that one out of the air.
Punjab 38-1 after 6 overs
Gilchrist 18 , Marsh 20
These two Aussies have started rolling now. Marsh finds a gap in the extra-cover region for a boundary before Gilchrist starts lashing out at Mathews, slamming one towards mid-on before going over his head: both finding the ropes.
Punjab 14-1 after 3 overs
Gilchrist 3, Marsh 11
Marsh looks to have settled down pretty well with a couple of boundaries: one slapped past mid-wicket from a short pitched delivery and the other past skipper Ganguly which could have been saved if he was a few years younger. Gilchrist meanwhile, hasn’t faced a whole lot of deliveries and would love to get going. Punjab need to remember that there is no haste.
WICKET! Punjab 0-1 after 0.1 overs
Paul Valthaty b Dinda 0 (1)
Talk about the perfect start! Dinda’s delivery slides off the surface of the pitch and finds the stumps. Valthaty doesn’t know how that happened!
WICKET! Pune Warriors 115 all out after 19 overs
Ashok Dinda run out 2 (5)
It seems Pune like to end just the way they started. Dinda and Nehra attempting some smart running between the wickets but it does not quite happen. Dinda eventually inches short as the bowler runs him out.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 110-9 after 17.4 overs
Rahul Sharma c Mandeep Singh b Mascarenhas 2 (4)
Mascarenhas gets wicket number five as Sharma skies one high into the air and sees long-on take it brilliantly in the deep. Excellent catch.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 108-8 after 17.2 overs
Mithun Manhas b Mascarenhas 31 (28)
You should not irk Mascarenhas. Manhas picks him up for a huge six over mid-off and the very next ball, tries to be cheeky with a sweep over the keeper and finds his stumps are no longer in order. That is his fourth wicket.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 100-7 after 16.3 overs
Manish Pandey c Hussey b Singh 0 (3)
This is silly from Pune. Manish Pandey sees a fielder standing higher up than the usual mid-off’s position and still opts for a lofted drive. As it happens, the ball ends up comfortable in Hussey’s hands and Pandey departs with a shrug.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 99-6 after 15.4 overs
Steve Smith b Chawla 13 (13)
There has been only one boundary since the wicket of Uthappa fell and it was Smith who scored it past mid-wicket. This time though, he tries to cut away at a spinning delivery and gets and inside edge. The ball then bumps into the pitch and catches his stumps. Unlucky, bu Punjab will take it.
Pune Warriors 77-5 after 12.1 overs
Robin Uthappa c Sharma b Mascarenhas 17 (16)
No boundaries apart from the one huge six from Uthappa, but Punjab are celebrating harder than usual because they know that he can hit it when it matters. He has run hard between the wickets for this and Pune’s most promising partnership comes to an end.
Pune Warriors 77-4 after 12 overs
Manhas 19, Uthappa 17
Do not make the mistake of comparing this to the earlier high-scoring one between Chennai and RCB. The ball does not seem to be coming on the bat at all, stopping on the bounce and making it hard to score runs. Either way, Manhas as done well to slam three boundaries—with two over the bowler’s head.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 51-4 after 9 overs
Angelo Mathews lbw Harmeet Singh 11 (9)
Just when it seems Pune will build a partnership which might make their nerves ease a bit, a wicket falls. Mathews was especially looking good after a couple of fours on either side of the park before he the ball hits him plumb in front of the wicket. Easy decision for the umpire and Punjab will tighten the screw now.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 29-3 after 5.4 overs
Marlon Samuels b Mascarenhas 2 (12)
Very good bowling from Mascarenhas. His deliveries are all so different that the batsmen are constantly on their toes. This time though, he wins the battle again- clipping Samuels’ off-stump to send him back to the pavilion.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 28-2 after 5.1 overs
Sourav Ganguly c Hussey b Mascarenhas 16 (9)
You can call it a big wicket since Ganguly looked in very good touch. Mascarenhas just confusing him with his pace and the skipper tries to play it to the on-side, instead getting an outside edge which is taken at gully.
Pune Warriors 27-1 after 4 overs
Ganguly 16, Samuels 2
Ganguly rewinding time at Mohali. First he is one of those typical mix-ups with his partner, with the latter paying and now he has scored a couple of glorious boundaries through the off-side. He looks in good touch it must be said.
WICKET! Pune Warriors 13-1 after 2.2 overs
Jesse Ryder run out 7 (11)
Oh and it’s a huge mix-up as Ryder punches the ball on the off-side and takes off in a fraction of a second, only to see his captain frozen on the bowler’s end. The throw is to the keeper and Ryder did not even try getting back in time. He was convinced that was a single and leaves in a huff.
Pune Warriors 5-0 after 1 over
Ganguly , Ryder 1
Great first five from Praveen Kumar, keeping it very tight for both the left-handers. But then he bowls it in the zone for Ganguly to hit it past the mid-off region. It was in the air for a bit, but pretty safely finds the ropes.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, Paul Valthaty, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Mandeep Singh, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Parveen Awana, Bipul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harmeet Singh, Praveen Kumar
Pune Warriors: Jesse Ryder, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Mithun Manhas, Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels, Manish Pandey, Steven Smith, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Ashish Nehra