Punjab vs Pune: As it happened...
Mohali: Kings XI Punjab: Punjab made a good comeback after having lost Valthaty of the first ball. Marsh played a brilliant knock 64 from 54 which also proved to be a match-winning one. Punjab have opened their account and this is the first defeat of Pune Warriors India.
18th over: 115/3 Manish Pandey drops another catch. There have been many chances but Pune has not been able to convert any of those. Chawla finishes it off in style as he scores a boundary through the covers. Punjab win by 7 wickets.
17th over: 109/3 Dinda is brought into the attack. Chawla smashes him straight down the ground for a boundary. An overthrow off the last ball makes it ten runs from the over.
16th over: 99/3 Sharma into the attack. A tough chance let down by Mathews. He could not hold onto a catch inspite of a full length dive. Sharma applauds for Mathews’ commendable effort. The next ball is clobbered into the stands by Marsh over mid-of.
Shaun Marsh 57(51b), Piyush Chawla 10(16b)
15th over: 88/3 Nehra to continue. The over has a shot of the innings which also brings Marsh’s fifty. He is playing a gem of an innings here. First fifty by a Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2012. The half century would also be a relief for Marsh who was going through a rough patch.
14th over: 78/3 Sharma to continue. Chawla makes several attempts to charge down the track against Sharma, fails to connect as a result of some superb bolwing from Sharma. Three runs from it.
13th over: 75/3 Samuels continues and just a boundary of that over.
12th over: 71/3 Rahul Sharma comes into the attack. And he strikes in the first over. It was short ball and Mandeep tries to flick it towards the leg side, it takes an inside edge and lands into safe hands of Steven Smith.
Mandeep Singh c Smith B Sharma 10(10b)
11th over: 68/2 Samules to continue. Mandeep Singh uses Samuels’ pace and guides one racing pass third-man. Samules is bowling medium-pace here, predictable for both these batsmen.
10th over: 60/2 Mathews to continue. And Marsh once again reminds us of his class. Great stroke through extra-cover for a boundary! Top shot!
9th over: 55/2 Ryder to continue. run-out chance missed by Ryder Angelo Mathews fired a throw straight to non-striker’s end, Ryder had enough time to hit the stumps but he removed the bails with the hands as the ball slipped out. Refferred to the third umpire. Not out is the decision.
8th over: 50/2 Mathews gets the breakthrough! Smith pulls off a great catch at point. The ball was travelling at rapid pace but Smith does good to hold on to it.
Gilchrist c Smith b Mathews 21(17b)
7th over: 45/1 Ryder comes into the attack. Ganguly has a long chat before he begins the over. March cuts him for two of the first ball, smashes him for a boundary on the off side. Marsh is showing his class here and is definitely gaining back his old rhythm.
Adam Gilchrist 18(14b), Shaun Marsh 27(27b)
6th over: 38/1 Mathews comes into the attack. Pune need a wicket here. No wickets but back-toback boundaries from the bat of Gilchrist.
5th over: 28/1 Samuels to continue. March joins the party. Cuts his for two boundaries on the off side.
4th over: 20/1 Gilchrist scores a boundary to a poor ball from Nehra. Six runs from the over.
3rd over: 14/1 Dina to continue. Another tight over, just one run from it.
2nd over: 13/1 Nehra comes into the attack. A mis field from Ganguly results into a boundary.
1st over: 7/1 Dinda to begin the proceedings. And what a start!! Valtahty’s leg stump is out of the ground! The home crowd is stunned. Ganguly couldn’t have asked for a better start. Shaun Marsh is the new batsman. Two left-handed Australians at the crease. Marsh pulls Dinda for a boundary of the fifth ball. Seven from it, great start by Dinda!
Paul Valthaty b Dinda 0(1b)
Pune Warriors: Kings XI Punjab need just 166 runs to open their account in IPL 2012. A lot will depend on how Gilchrist and Valthaty open up the innings.
19th over: 115 ALL OUT Dinda is run-out. Pune Warriors are all out for 115 runs. They couldn’t even last 20 overs.
AB Dinda run out 2 (5b)
18th over: 112/9 Mascarenhas to continue. And no wicket first ball in this over, but a six! Bowls a half-volley and Manhas macks him over long-off for a DLF maximum. But Mascarenhas has the last laugh. Manhas tries to hit him in the empty fine-leg region, doesn’t connect and the stumps are rattled. Can he get a five wicket haul here? Yes he does! Rahul Sharma tries to open his hands and launch him over midwicket. But he ends up hitting it very high and is caught by Mandeep Singh. Excellent figures for Mascarenhas 04-0-24-5
Mithun Manhas b Mascarenhas 31(28b)
Rahul Sharma c Mandeep Singh b Mascarenhas 2(4b)
17th over: 102/7 Harmeet Singh strikes again. Pandey goes for a duck. Tries to hit the ball over extra cover only to find the hands of David Hussey.
Manish Pandey c Hussey b Singh 0(3b)
16th over: 99/6 Chawla continues and is rewarded for some great bowling. Smith fails to pick up the googly as an inside edge hits the stumps! Manish Pandey is the new batsman. Ends the over and his spell with a beauty as Pandey is deceived by the sharp turn.
Steven Smith b Chawla 13(13b)
15th over: 96/5 Parvinder continues and bowls a decent five balls. The last one was a touch short and Smith pulls it away for a boundary.
14th over: 90/5 Chawla continues. The batsmen are not taking any chances against him.
13th over: 83/5 Mascarenhas continues and once against gets a wicket first ball! That too of Uthappa. The batsman failed to pick up the slower one as the ball landed safely into the hands of Bipul Sharma.
RV Uthappa c Bipul Sharma b Mascarenhas 17 (16b)
12th over: 77/4 Chawla continues to deceive the batsmen with his variation. Manhas took off the pressure as he went over the bowlers head for a much needed boundary.
11th over: 71/4 Manhas manages to score a boundary from the over. Nine runs from it.
10th over: 62/4 Piyush Chawla comes into the attack. Both the batsmen deal in singles for the time being.
Uthappa 15* (13), Manhas 7*(6)
9th over: 55/4 Harmeet Singh comes into the attack. Another hostile welcome. Uthappa lofts him straight down the ground for a boundary. Good comeback by Harmeet. Mathews departs. Tries to play a delivery on the leg side, as the ball nipped inwards and hit him on the pads. The umpire had no doubt about that dismissal. New batsman Mithun Manhan gets off the mark with a boundary.
AD Mathews lbw b Harmeet Singh 11 (9b)
8th over: 44/4 Mascarenhas continues, is greeted with a boundary by Angelo Mathews who punches it down the ground for an effortless boundary. He again charges down the track and lofts Mascarenhas’ length delivery above extra-cover for a boundary. Good over for Pune Warriors.
7th over: 32/3 Praveen Kumar finishes his quota of 4 overs. No wickets for him but he has built the pressure.
6th over: 29/3 Mascarenhas comes into attack and strikes first ball! Ganguly tries to play it one the leg-side as the ball takes inside edge and lands safely into Marsh’s hands. Samuels perishes in the same over. Length delivery by Mascarenhas that moves away after pitching down. Samuels misses and it hits the wickets. What an over it has been! Pune are in trouble. Preity Zinta is jubiliant.
Sourav Ganguly c Marsh b Mascarenhas 16 (9b)
Marlon Samuels b Mascarenhas 2 (12b)
5th over: 28/1 Kumar bowls his third over. Good swing from PK. He is consistently swinging it both ways. Samuels had no clue about the last delivery that moved as he somehow managed to get some bat on it. Great stuff from Praveen Kumar.
4th over: 27/1 A glimpe of golden days of Ganguly. Makes some room and slaps one wide of extra cover. Eight runs from it.
3rd over: 19/1 Kumar continues. Jesse Ryder smacks one over wide of mid wicket for a boundary. Ryder departs! Huge confusion between him and Ganguly. He plays one towards David Hussey and tries to steal a single, Ganguly isnt interested. Ryder departs. Big blow for Pune Warriors. Ganguly plays a risky shot between Gully and slip for a boundary.
Jesse Ryder run-out Gilchrist/Hussey 7(11)
2nd over: 8/0 Parvinder Awana comes into the attack. Both the left-handers not taking sny risks at the moment. Ganguly escapes a run-out chance as David Hussey misses the stumps. Ryder pulls the last ball but only for a single. Another good over.
1st over: 5/0 A tight over from Praveen Kumar. He bowls with accurate line and length. Ganguly makes some room off the last delivery which goes straight down the ground for a boundary.
TOSS: Kings XI Punjab won the toss and they will bowl first.
Kings XI Punjab have had a bad start to the tournament so far. They have lost two out of two and when they meet reformed Ganguly-led Pune Warriors, they would expect to put a better show in front of the home crowd.
Meanwhile Pune would look forward to continue their good run under the captaincy of Ganguly, who is undoubtedly the driving force behind their success.