IPL: Marsh, Mascarenhas help Punjab get off the mark

Kings XI Punjab finally got a victory against Pune Warriors after restricting them to just 115 runs in 19 overs and completing the run chase in 17.4 overs.

Dimitri Mascarenhas (5/25) and Shaun Marsh (64*) were the heroes as Punjab started off on a good footing and won their first match of this year's IPL.

They faced an early blip, losing big hitter Paul Valthaty in the very first ball of the second innings, but Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist ensured that they lost no more wickets till the 50-run mark.

 IPL: Marsh, Mascarenhas help Punjab get off the mark

Gilchrist and Marsh gave Punjab a good start. AFP

After Gilchrist (21) fell to a brilliant catch at point from Steve Smith, Punjab shortly lost Mandeep Singh. This sparked a couple of nervous overs but they eventually saw off their opponents with  Marsh and Piyush Chawla at the crease.

With the ball, it was England's Dimitri Mascarenhas who notched up a sensational five-wicket haul to reduce the visitors to such a total which would always be hard to defend.

Playing at home, Mascarenhas bowled a deadly spell, claiming five wickets -- Sourav Ganguly (16), Marlon Samuels (2), Robin Uthappa (17), Mithun Manhas (31) and Rahul Sharma (2) after Punjab won the toss and inserted the visitors.

There was a hint of movement in the wicket after overnight rains and the hosts made good use of it as they bowled a good line to make life difficult for Pune, who had beaten them in their first leg match.

Middle-order batsman Manhas was the top-scorer for Pune and his 28-ball innings included three hits to the fence and a six, but he also fell to Mascarenhas in the 18th over while trying to play a sweep shot over the short fine-leg region.

In the same over, Rahul became Mascarenhas' fifth victim when he had him caught by Mandeep Singh. Ashok Dinda was the last man out when he was found short of wicket in the last ball of the 19th over.

Earlier, Pune suffered an early blow when New Zealand's Jesse Ryder (7), who tried to steal a cheeky single, was run out in the third over.

However, it was Mascarenhas who dealt the massive blow when in the 6th over, he had Ganguly caught by Shaun Marsh of the leading edge. The former India skipper's nine-ball innings was laced with three fours.

Mascarenhas then struck again in the same over when he had struggling Samuels bowled out on an incoming delivery. Uthappa, who looked in good form in the previous two games, tried to hold one end as wickets kept tumbling and Pune was tottering at 3-29 at one stage.

Medium-pacer Harmeet Bansal, who has been bowling intelligently, tasted success in his first over when he had Sri Lankan import Angelo Mathews (11) in the ninth over. Mascarenhas was back in 13th over to inflict more damage when he had Uthappa (17) caught by Bipul Sharma (5-77).

With no partnership clicking for Pune, leg spinner Piyush Chawla then cleaned up Steven Smith (13) in the 16th over to leave them toterring at 99 for six.

Manish Pandey (0) offered little resistance giving Bansal his second wicket as Pune were looking down the barrel at 100 for seven in the 17th over.

For Punjab, medium pacers Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana also bowled a tight line, giving away 19 and 18 runs respectively, though both remained wicketless at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

It was looking like a close encounter until the 15th over, but a few boundaries from Marsh and quick running between the wickets ensured that Punjab took advantage of their home game, getting much required points in the bag.

With input from agencies

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Updated Date: Apr 12, 2012 23:24:57 IST