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Yuvraj hails Pune bowlers for the easy win

Mumbai: Delighted to open their Indian Premier League campaign on a winning note, new franchise Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh lauded his bowlers for setting the platform for the comprehensive victory over Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.

Chasing a modest 113 for victory, Pune overwhelmed the target in 13.1 overs to start their IPL campaign on a resounding note.

"Nice to get a first win. Our bowlers picked up early wickets and set the momentum. It was a good toss to lose and we bowled wicket to wicket according to our plans. Happy that we got the results," he said after the match.

"First two years when I was captain of Kings, I took too much pressure and got distracted on the field,` he added. He also praised Mithun Manhas who, coming into bat at number three, scored a 32-ball 35 in Pune`s run-chase.

"Mithun, I always back him, unfortunate that he has not played for India, but he did well for us today," Yuvraj said. His counterpart Adam Gilchrist was undoubtedly a disappointed man after having lost his first match as Kings XI skipper.

"Poor all-round performance and it all started with my dismissal in the first over," he said. He had words of appreciation for Ryan McLaren, whose 43-ball 51-run unbeaten knock helped Kings XI surpassed the 100-run mark after having down at nine for four at one stage.

"Ryan McLaren and Chawla had a good partnership. McLaren was outstanding," Gilchrist said.

"If we had them five down for 70-odd, who knows. We didn`t step up at all today but long way to go." Man-of-the-match Shrikhant Wagh (3/16) admitted that he felt the pressure in his debut IPL match.

"I have been working hard but I was a bit nervous. DY Patil is good place to bowl on. There is good bounce in the wicket, Alfonso and Parnell, we bowled as a unit," he said.

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