Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2011, Mumbai April 10, 2011

'A poor all-round performance' - Gilchrist

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI Punjab captain, has described his team's seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Pune Warriors, making their first IPL appearance, as a "poor all-round performance." Gilchrist fell in the first over of the day, after opting to bat, and if not for Ryan McLaren's fighting half-century, Punjab would have struggled to even reach triple-figures.

"It was a poor all-round performance. It started with me in the first over and that set the tone for the innings," Gilchrist said. Punjab didn't help themselves, dropping a couple of easy catches in Pune's chase. Both Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa, batsmen who took Pune home with some big hits, got a reprieve. "A couple of catches could have been taken and that would have left them at five for 70 odd. We just weren't good enough today," Gilchrist said.

Punjab, like several other teams, underwent a revamp after the IPL auctions and Gilchrist said it would take a little time for the team to settle down. "We felt comfortable enough coming in to this game, but we need to take little steps [towards improving]. We will go back and work on it, it's a long tournament and the only way is up.

"McLaren was outstanding, the bowlers did create some chances, picked up wickets and there were several players who hadn't played the IPL before so to be just involved in the experience, that is a positive in itself."

Yuvraj, meanwhile, said he enjoyed captaining Pune to a maiden win and claimed captaincy appeared a tougher job when he led Punjab. "The first two years that I captained Kings XI Punjab, I took a lot of pressure on myself and was getting distracted a lot in the field. This time I just thought I'll be calm and relaxed and that worked for me.

"It was a good toss to lose, we bowled wicket to wicket, back of a length and got the results."

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  • mustafa on April 11, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    we all now that mumbai and chennai are probably the strongest teams but it would be nice if pune won and if they let tim paine play.

  • Gaurav on April 11, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    i think pune,mumbai,chennai are the favorites to win IPL

  • John on April 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers look the most weakest in this IPL whereas Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore are looking strong. Some Franchisees are just relying on foreign players to do the job for them and they have ignored picking some good young Indian players. This strategy will certainly backfire and it will be too late by the time they realize this fact.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    I also wonder whoever had went to select the Punjab team they must be a bunch of idiots.I cant understand their middle order is so dam brittle.the only player i feel in their entire 11 can turn a game around is Shaun Marsh.They should have had someone like an Tamim Iqbal or even someone like an Brendon taylor if money was a contraint they would have been cheap buys and yes they would be much more effective

  • Hari on April 11, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    Mumbai indians rocks...... see the talent they are having........Slinga Malinga,bhajji,sachin,rohit,symonds,rayadu and on top of everyone great Pollard. and what a mentor they are having legendary Shaun pollock. i hope mumbai march into finals and CSK lose terribly.

  • prasanna on April 11, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    @shaileshrocks : All you Pune supporters,CSK will rock on April 25 and 27.

  • Santhosh on April 11, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    I guess Mumbai Indians are the best side in this ipl..perfectly balanced with top internationals and domestic players...you guys are all praising of pune??...look at that side ..it very unbalanced...definitely they cant win!

  • Harshal on April 11, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    CSK is owned by rascala Srinivasana, they will take every advantage they can.

  • shailesh on April 11, 2011, 9:04 GMT

    All you chennai supporters..luk out for Pune Warriors..with all due respect to Dhoni..Yuvi's men are going to dethrone you at least in IPL

  • Manish on April 11, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    i guess that standing of IPL teams will remain same till the end as it is after the first round off.. 1. Pune 2. Mumbai 3. Rajasthan 4. Bangalore 5. CSK 6. KKR 7. Kochi 8.DC 9.DD 10. Punjab

    Big Loosers: Punjab and DD Loosers: DC, KKR and CSK Big Gainer: Pune Warrior

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