Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2012, Pune April 8, 2012

All-round Warriors ease to second win

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Pune Warriors 166 for 6 (Samuels 46, Uthappa 40, Harmeet 3-24) beat Kings XI Punjab 144 for 8 (Bipul 35*, Rahul 2-34) by 22 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The thousands who made their maiden trip to the brand new Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in the outskirts of Pune, proudly and loyally filling the stands with blue, got their money's worth as Pune Warriors India pulled off a comprehensive win against a struggling Kings XI Punjab. It was an all-round performance, led by an 81-run partnership for the third wicket between Robin Uthappa and Marlon Samuels which set them to a competitive 166 before a combined bowling effort sealed the game.

A score of 166 is normally considered slightly above par in these conditions, but Warriors made it a winning total by creating opportunities by sound ground fielding, effecting two early run-outs and not giving Kings XI any leeway. Warriors recorded their second win in as many games and now share the top spot with Rajasthan Royals.

Warriors made the right move at the start, promoting the experienced Samuels to No.3. However, some circumspect running, and a subsequent run-out of an out-of-sorts Jesse Ryder gave Kings XI early control.

Samuels combined well with Uthappa to boost the scoring after Warriors were 43 for 2 after seven overs. The eighth over went for ten runs and the 10th, bowled by the left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma, went for 13.

With the more experienced Praveen and Dimitri Mascarenhas proving more difficult to score off with their restrictive stump-to-stump lines, also with the keeper up to the stumps, the pair took to Bipul. Both used their feet, clearing long-off for sixes, one of which just beat David Hussey's desperate leap at the edge of the rope. The duo also studied the field well, using the pace of the ball to fetch a couple of boundaries off deft touches to third man, with the fielder within the circle.

Uthappa fetched an audacious six, off one hand, over long-off but the bowler Harmeet Singh got the better of Samuels in the same over, bowling him off a slower delivery. Harmeet's following over yielded just a run and the wicket of Callum Ferguson, but his next was bitter-sweet. After bowling Uthappa with another slower delivery, Harmeet had to be taken out of the attack for bowling two full tosses above waist height. Bipul completed the over, which produced three massive hits over the on-side thanks to Manish Pandey and Steven Smith.

The 19th over produced 27 runs, and from that point, Kings XI found it hard to bounce back. The chase never took flight for a sustained period to threaten Warriors. The short of a length deliveries from Ashok Dinda and Ashish Nehra skidded off the surface, making strokeplay difficult. Smith's fielding created the opportunities to derail the top order with two run-outs.

Paul Valthaty sacrificed his wicket for the experienced Adam Gilchrist. Following an lbw appeal, the ball deflected to the off side but Gilchrist's anxiety to get back on strike caused a communication mishap and Valthaty helplessly ambled out of his crease before the bails were broken at the non-striker's end. The sacrifice didn't help as Gilchrist himself was run-out the following over, failing to beat an agile pick-up and throw from Smith at short midwicket.

Kings XI were poking around at 13 for 2 after five overs, with just one boundary. The drought had extended to 26 balls before Mandeep Singh cut Rahul Sharma to the deep point rope. However, even Mandeep failed to set a base and fell for 24, nicking Ryder to the keeper in an attempt to force the pace.

Kings XI also lost the game tactically by not promoting Hussey, a batsman capable of turning a game. Hussey, Abhishek Nayar and Piyush Chawla all made starts, but the fact that none of the recognised batsmen scored more than 24 summed up what was a sorry batting performance. Late hitting by Bipul only reduced the margin of defeat.

Edited by Abhishek Purohit

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 11, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is back, what is Tamim compared to Mathews. Bangladesh can''t play good t20

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    DADA's time is not over till now. He should be playing for India. He has the capability and fitness required in international level. He was a victim of politics in Indian cricket.Just wait and see. He will prove this in IPL5

  • on April 9, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    tamim iqbal will surely get a chance soon....its a wonderful team this time....I love dada but he should now understand that he cannot bat forever and its ugly to see him struggle this way...he is our lovely dada though who keeps inspiring us.

  • on April 9, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Pune will win the cup this time... I am supporting dada instead of my home team chennai, favourite team mumbai.. wish to see dada at his best against spinners...

  • Tuhin466 on April 9, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Tamim should play inplace of collum ferguson.I think when you played sourav ganguly in the playing 11 you are definetly one man short.His (sourav gan) time is over.

  • on April 9, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    XI for next match

    1-luke wright 2-jesse ryder 3-Marlon Samuels 4-Robin Uthappa 5- sourav ganguly 6-Manish Pandey 7-Steve Smith 8-Murali Kartik/Bhuvneshwar Kumar(depend on fast/spin pitch) 9-Ashish Nehra. 10-Rahul Sharma. 11-Ashoke Dinda

    dada in middle means one left bat there... plus he can stabilize middle order just in case ..... also he looks better against spinners...

  • ThatzMyView on April 9, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi fans, Guys we know Tamim and Shakib are very good players, at the moment, its still early stages of the tournament, team managements are trying various combinations and to get the combinations right, So next game we might see both play, dont worry..

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dada Knows What to do what team to pick up against whom they are playing.<3 DADA DADA FOREVER..!!

  • Open-Eyed on April 9, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is in form and he has just finished Asia cup with 4 consecutive fifties! I think Pune should include Tamim in their best 11 sooner rather than later.

  • on April 9, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    why no Tamim?? Can he bowl like Ryder? NO. yes he is scoring runs, but this format demands more than runs.Can Tamim hit Steyn, brett Lee or Umesh Yada?? definitely NO bcoz he hardly seen that PACE.

    I dont want to take a dig on a talent, but that talent is not suiting the given conditions. Don't teach DADA about team selection and cricket, many of us dnt even know what is cricket by the time he mastered it.

  • on April 11, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Angelo Mathews is back, what is Tamim compared to Mathews. Bangladesh can''t play good t20

  • on April 10, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    DADA's time is not over till now. He should be playing for India. He has the capability and fitness required in international level. He was a victim of politics in Indian cricket.Just wait and see. He will prove this in IPL5

  • on April 9, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    tamim iqbal will surely get a chance soon....its a wonderful team this time....I love dada but he should now understand that he cannot bat forever and its ugly to see him struggle this way...he is our lovely dada though who keeps inspiring us.

  • on April 9, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Pune will win the cup this time... I am supporting dada instead of my home team chennai, favourite team mumbai.. wish to see dada at his best against spinners...

  • Tuhin466 on April 9, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Tamim should play inplace of collum ferguson.I think when you played sourav ganguly in the playing 11 you are definetly one man short.His (sourav gan) time is over.

  • on April 9, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    XI for next match

    1-luke wright 2-jesse ryder 3-Marlon Samuels 4-Robin Uthappa 5- sourav ganguly 6-Manish Pandey 7-Steve Smith 8-Murali Kartik/Bhuvneshwar Kumar(depend on fast/spin pitch) 9-Ashish Nehra. 10-Rahul Sharma. 11-Ashoke Dinda

    dada in middle means one left bat there... plus he can stabilize middle order just in case ..... also he looks better against spinners...

  • ThatzMyView on April 9, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    To all Bangladeshi fans, Guys we know Tamim and Shakib are very good players, at the moment, its still early stages of the tournament, team managements are trying various combinations and to get the combinations right, So next game we might see both play, dont worry..

  • on April 9, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Dada Knows What to do what team to pick up against whom they are playing.<3 DADA DADA FOREVER..!!

  • Open-Eyed on April 9, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal is in form and he has just finished Asia cup with 4 consecutive fifties! I think Pune should include Tamim in their best 11 sooner rather than later.

  • on April 9, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    why no Tamim?? Can he bowl like Ryder? NO. yes he is scoring runs, but this format demands more than runs.Can Tamim hit Steyn, brett Lee or Umesh Yada?? definitely NO bcoz he hardly seen that PACE.

    I dont want to take a dig on a talent, but that talent is not suiting the given conditions. Don't teach DADA about team selection and cricket, many of us dnt even know what is cricket by the time he mastered it.

  • on April 9, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Good win for the Pune Warriors ! It is good to see Samuels at no . 3 and Uthappa , scoring the 40 runs to boost the total . Dada is using his resources intelligently . And to all Bangladeshi fans , I know its disappointing to NOT see Tamim even after the top order collapses . But , don't worry , I m sure that he will play a lot of matches this IPL . Its still too early and dada probably wants all of his players to perform and wanted to see some team combinations . Tamim will be a surprise package and just be positive . We all want Tamim to play but we also want Pune to win right ? There are many more matches people so lets cheer up . From a Bangladeshi fan :)

  • mjrvasu on April 9, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Steven Smith was all lightning and was everywhere in the field, a great asset for Pune team. Looks like Sourav is hiding his bowling abilities as a secret back up. PWI look a certainty to make to last 4.

  • Navdeep14 on April 9, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    @Azhar Mahmood fans : Azhar is currently not in India , when he will join the squad he will play

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 9, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    My Best 11 Warriors:-

    1. Tamim / Jessy Ryder

    2. Ganguly ( Leader of the warriorS )

    3. Manish Pandey

    4. Samuels

    5. Robin Uthappa

    6. Angelo Mathews

    7. Steven Smith/ Mitchell Marsh

    8. Murali Kartik

    9. Rahul Sharma/Ali Murtaza

    10. Ashok Dinda

    11. Asish Nehra

    I believe this is the best 11 for PWI to clinch the IPL-V.

  • bootstrapper on April 9, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Request to all bangladeshis : please keep up the team spirit I am sure Tamim will play, you have to keep belief on the team and captain, and IMHO, the stats do not show a huge quality difference between Ryder and tamim, though Ryder has been out of touch for some time

  • K.a.l.i.n.g.a_D_w.a.r.r.i.o.R on April 9, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Dada always Rocks..... Dada knows better thn anyone how a team combination should be..... so guyz jst chill out, 14 matches are left more and wht i have studied DADA, he will give chance to each and evry player to prove themself in this IPL arena.... so Tamim fans wait for couple of games i am sure Tamim will get chance and i do want to see him balzing with his bat under captaincy of DADA.

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Can someone please answer me why PWI is not playing a player like Tamim Iqbal? The opening stands are failing while an opener like him is being benched, who: -Scored four consecutive 50s in the Asia Cup -Knows the sub-continent conditions well than all the other overseas players -Scored a 50 in the practice match -Possess a batting style which is perfectly fitting for T20s.

    Thanks in advance.

  • on April 9, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Guys guys cool down, it is too early in the tournament. Dada knows what team to pick up against whom they are playing. He is trying out his players. Wayne Parnel was rested - Jesse Ryder was tried. May be next time Ferguson will be rested and Tamin will be tried. Angelo Mathews, Micheal clark is still to join the team. Alphonso Thomas will alos be tried.

  • hari040761 on April 9, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    TO MY KNOWLEDGE THE RESOURCES IN KXIP IS VERY LIMITED. THE ELEVEN CAN BE TRIED IS GILLY,VALTHATY, SUNNY SINGH, AZHAR, HUSSEY, MILLER, CHAWLA, PRAVEEN, BHAT/ABHISHEK/MANDDEP/RAJAGOPAL STHISH, AWANA, HARPREET. EVEN GILLY CAN COME DOWN THE ORDER

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Ryder is well in his place. But Farguson....Tamim is so much better than Farguson. When clarke, Anjelo Mathews and others will come then it is a different question. Because Anjelo is a world class allrounder, Clarke is a big-hearted batsman. Tamim is also a big hearted top class batsman but Clarke has his experience with him. But at this moment Tamim should be the best choice for Pune. And if he get the chance and prove himself the best the he will be the all tie choice for Pune. So waiting to see the BOOM BOOM Tamim.

  • hattima on April 9, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Yes Dada is a great captain, possibly the greatest India ever had, that nobody can deny. But unfortunately what is also clear is his fetish for everything Australian, starting from Greg Chappel, (chosen over Mohinder Amarnath to coach India as Ganguly's behest, any idea how it went?) John Buchanan to Callum Ferguson. Is he really a better player than Tamim? At least based on the scores from the past few months, I seriously doubt it. And I say these as an average Kolkatan routing for PWI, who like any other average Kolkatan eats, sleeps, drinks and worships Dada as the greatest god.

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Why buy players if you don't play them? they loose their form.....

  • VGPATEL on April 9, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    sachin is playing IPL for money. He should take rest and prolong his test carrier

  • on April 9, 2012, 5:14 GMT

    Salute to DADA going gud ..Thanks for taking Pune Ahead .....We Pune people always with U including all Bengal people as well.............Sharukh Sucks............Want to see " How will be the Situation when DADA playing on EDAN Garden against KKR" ................What the Situation What Kolkata People will do will they support DADA or KKR....willing to know from Koltaka Fans..........????

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 9, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    Dada should stop embarrassing himself in full public view......people will remember him for ruining his reputation by being obsessed at playing in ipl despite poor form and no franchisee picking him in auctions.

    Lastly, PWI won b'coz of good performance and not captaincy.If that was so, KKR would have won 3 IPL's and India 2003 WC.

  • ISHA2802 on April 9, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    where local boy of punjab vrv singh for king XI PUNJAB & WHERE IS Azhar Mahmood WHAT HE IS DOING IN DUG OUT?

  • vamshi_teamindia on April 9, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    HAPPY TO SEE DADA LEADING TEAM SUCCESSFULLY.........DRAVID AND GANGULY ARE UNSTOPPABLE! THE LEGENDS ARE BACKKKKK

  • on April 9, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    his captaincy is excellent.but dada as a player looks getting tired quickly and perhaps is in no position to convert a no run to singles/ singles to doubles. age looks like catching up with dada as well as gilly as such. and on tight bowling favored pitches it will be a problem for these two.

  • Tipu606 on April 9, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    @ F "Its all bloody politics and business !! Players like Tamim and Azhar Mahmood sitting on the bench and Mascarenas and Ryder playing instead!! 0 value for this IPL !!" very well said Tamim should resign and come back, it no use wasting his time warming the bench!!

  • on April 9, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Don't know how many people realize it but Ganguly has a knack of using the resources he has. India was down when he took over and got in people like Shewag, Zaheer, Kaif, Harbajan, Nehra, Yuvraj, Ifan etc. He even gave chances to Badani, Bangar, Agarkar, Powar, Chawla, Uthappa, Balaji, etc. These are not from Bengal. He wanted Ind to succeedl. He got in Dhoni, Karthiks, Gambhir, etc later on. Yes he might not be athletic but he guided Ind to many ODI victories with Sachin. He may not be a gym person but he gave Dhoni a good team. MS found it easy ;) Yes Ganguly did try to protect his position in Zim under Greg (who gets professionalism mixed up with ruthlessness) But the question is: MS also seems to get CSK players into Ind team. Why? MS wants only youngsters in the team and only his "own" men. He talks abt fielding but what abt batting and bowling? MS, Greg, and non-dalmiya grps got Ganguly out! I am from Chennai but want Ind to win. I hope Pune win to show who is into "politics" ")

  • on April 9, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Do you all remember the posts before the IPL series started. Well I will remind you. "THE PURCHASE OF MARLON SAMUALS BY PUNE WAS A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY" Seems as if the Pune Officials know more about cricketers than most commentators on this site.

  • satish619chandar on April 9, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Do agree that Shakib should have played for KKR but Tamim doesn't deserve it better than Ryder.. Ryder being a same or even better class of batsman tham Tamim and he cal bowl when needed as well.. Fielding wise, he is far better.. Surely Shakib should have played in place of Mccullum but Tamim need to wait for his chances really..

  • yasir08 on April 9, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    great win!!..ganguly's captaincy is exceptional..he doesnt alow ny batsmn to settle ovr one bowler..he kept on changing da bowlr..he usd da bowlers correctly..bravo dada..i thnk dey shld also try luke wright instead of ferguson..nt becoz fergusn is bad..fergusn is a top ordr batsman n he cn hit da bowl too..he is a strong player..eithr he must b alowd to play at top ordr or gve a chance to luke..luke cn b a finishr role n also a gud medium pacer..dada il hv anthr bowlin optn if he plays...n also tamim mst b gven a chance..am sure he il play nce..dada il gve evry1 a chance to prove themselves..am a strong pune suporter n i want them in semis dis tym..best of luck

  • Ravishankara on April 9, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Abhishek Nayar & T20. Funny

  • Ravishankara on April 9, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    All the matches of IPL have benn very one-sided. Even this no exception. But one good thing is that so called fringe teams like Rajasthan & Pune have done very well. They also hold promise for consistently good performances in future

  • ZsZs on April 8, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    First time I have heard that Tamim has stature! Ganguly is the captain, he is doing fine. Lot of Bangladeshis are dying to see Pune do poorly. What a team spirit they have! Shameful - Really.

  • on April 8, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    I think jesse was given a shot because he can bowl as well. Saurav always likes to have a few bowling options and that's why he's been playing Ryder...but I do feel he can bring Tamim in the line up...remove farguson ... this will become a world class team only then. bowling dept is fine..just fine,

  • muannis on April 8, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Ryder playing instead of Tamim ? Are you kidding ?

  • Bilal94 on April 8, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Punjab should play Azhar Mahmood instead of Dimtri.

  • on April 8, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    lol. PWI won by 22 runs and KKR lost by 22 runs.

  • on April 8, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Congrats Dada and PWI, I have been supporting you and watching IPL only for PWI and dada. But please bring in Tamim in plac of Ferguson. It is absolutely unreasonable to keep someone of Tamim's stature and ability out of the team for someone like Ferguson.

  • anshu.s on April 8, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Well done Pune team !! Manish Pandey has to bat much higher in the order,sad to see foregin guys coming ahead of him.Ganguly has always backed Indian talent,so lets see.

  • axdfg on April 8, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    DADA rocks with his excellent captaincy. Ryder is all rounder where player like Tamim Iqbal can play only in Bangladesh. DADA knows what to do. I think Pune reserved their semi-final birth.

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Its all bloddy politics and business !! Players like Tamim and Azhar Mahmood sitting on bench and mascarenas and ryder playing instead!! 0 value this IPL !!

  • Khanimalik on April 8, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Can anyone explain, y is there no Azhar Mahmood in kings IX! I think he is far better T20 player than these four international players in Punjab playing eleven plus he is the most expensive player for Punjab this year! Surprising

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    LEADERSHIP FROM PRINCE OF CALCUTTA THE ORIGINAL KNIGHT IN ABSENCE OF FLAMBOUYANT YUVRAJ IS AT PEAK OF SUCCESS AND GOOD GOING SAURAV.....MAY YOU GIVE A TOUGH FIGHT TO THE IPL 5 EDITION !!!! CHEERS!!!! WARRIORS!!!!

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    All those who commented below can see why Dada understands cricket better than you all...Why he doesnt pick some players (Tamim & all) and where he uses certain players (Pandey et al) ....So let the master plan the game and let's all sit back and enjoy

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Of all the teams in the IPL kings xi punjab seem to have a weak composure of local domestic players.They rely too much on their foreign players to perform.If one has a look at the other teams the balance of local players and the foreign players is good..Wonder what the franchise owners were doing during the auction..!!! !

  • borntough001 on April 8, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Guys...dont start being judgemental..dont forget that Tamim was picked by dada and Pune just few days before the start of IPL..otherwise u guys wouldnt have even had a chance to post a comment here..dada has been a great leader all thru his life..we dnt need u to teach him what to do..everyone will get a chance under dada..including Pandey..he was given chances but he hasn faired well..dont start posting ur expert opinions...enjoy the spirit of the game...

  • ZsZs on April 8, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    I guess Tamim is getting a lesson on humility. Hope he stays away from thinking his God's gift. Pune doing fine without him.

  • WarriorX on April 8, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    Please the correct the article "warriors have won two in two games" not three games as mentioned above...good work dada ...way to go warriors

  • hattima on April 8, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    There are multiple factual errors in this article: this was Warriors second win in 2, not 3, and they switched Ryder with Parnell, not Samuels. Samuels had played in the last game andin fact heplayed quite well.

  • Thejus_r on April 8, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    @tamin iqbal fans.... after frst match u guys wanted tamim in place of samuels... tamim scored 4 half centuries in a trot and he is a good batsman... but in T20 teams are looking for multidimensional players... ryder can bat as well as bowl, thats why he was selected ahead of tamim. most probably ryder will be dropped next match to accomodate angelo mathews

  • Tanvir110 on April 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    in next match Kings XI Punjab must include Azhar Mahmood a useful all rounder... a great twenty20 player... i am sure he make the difference...

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @apratim Gupta Dada wont do injustice to any of his players!! tamim will be his main player in this season. its not about he is a bangladeshi or pakistani!!! its about the team balance I too want to watch tamim in the team!!!!

  • ChandrashekharLimit on April 8, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    IPL is a joke. Leaving out international inform players like Tamim and Shakib out just to suck on the Westerners. No wonder the number of viewers are down. This is what happens when incompetence, and politics run the league.

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Why not play Azhar Mahmood experienced all rounder played brililiant in BPL and in England county circuit brilliant top order batsmen and has a bit of pace too

  • on April 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Tamim is better than Ryder . Please understand it !!

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    They should give Rajagopal Sathish a chance. He is a promising all-rounder.

  • rajeshvravanappan on April 8, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    DONT WORRY GUYS .. TAMIM WILL GET CHANCE.. RYDER & FERGUSON WILL BE REPLACED BY TAMIM & MATHEWS OR N MCCULLAM

  • vrn59 on April 8, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Excellent team effort by Pune Warriors today. Full marks to Sourav Ganguly for his captaincy and to Marlon Samuels and Robin Uthappa for their batting. Ashok Dinda was great with the new ball and was backed up well by Samuels and Ashish Nehra, who looked good on his comeback. I still feel that Tamim Iqbal should have played instead of Jesse Ryder who looks out of form and mentally weak or Callum Fergusson who has failed to make any major contributions so far. Iqbal is in fantastic form and is an ideal player for this format of the game. Pune have also been an electric fielding unit, which is vital to the success of any team. Overall, this was a well-deserved win for them! And the new stadium looks great.

  • tanstell87 on April 8, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans angry over non selection of Tamim & Sakib in their respective IPL teams...they need to relax...each team will play 16 games & thats a lot of games...eventually both will get their chances...anyways i do feel other foreign players are rated higher as they have experience which Bangladeshi players lack under pressure...the one fluke in Asia Cup doesnt warranty places straight-away... !!

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 8, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    A FLOP team Kings XI Punjab. Old man Gilchrist should retire and hand over captaincy to another player. He's not what he used to be. It's time the IPL stopped entertaining these old fellows. Ganguly too is an embarrassment to himself. The IPL is not a retirement house. It's a professional league and should have in form quality cricketers from around the world. Some of the young Indian players are an EMBARRASSMENT to India, mediocre guys who can neither bat nor bowl. Sadly, those are the players in the Ranji circuit. I hope the IPL governing council decides to include a 5th overseas player in the XI. That leaves 6 Indians and 5 foreigners. It's a perfect balance and will result in entertaining games. 4 overseas players is too little. Think about it. Lastly, Kings XI are destined to win the wooden spoon this season.

  • LoftedShot on April 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Every time one sees Nehra bowling, can't help laugh at the selectors of India. Which other pace bowler in India has the ability, guile and sharpness of Nehra?

    Shrewd Captain that Ganguly is, he spotted how well Nehra bowled his first over against Punjab XI today and held him back for death overs, (just as Dhoni did so many times since Nehra made a Comeback to Indian team two years back).

    For God's sake Nehra has been India best death overs bowler in last two years, withg maximum wickets and rocked Pakistan in WC 2011 Semifinal at Mohali where he split his finger webbing and went out of action.

    Why should pathetic trundlers like Irfan, Pravin Kumar and unfit Zaheer should bowl for India when you have an option like Nehra. Nehra, Vinay and a fit Zaheer would make India's best pace attack and if Zaheer is not fit, then Dinda, who is bowling so impressively on flat tracks of IPL this season.

    Nehra in Australia would have made so much difference. No doubt at all!

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Well all decisions r welcome untill PWI wins.nothing else matters we just need a winning combinations.1 thought for punjab, why not send parveen kumar before faulkner?

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    GANGULY FANTASTIC AS A CAPTAIN!! BUT AS A BATSMAN HE IS A SPENT FORCE. IF HE DOESNT SCORE WITH S/R MORE THAN 100 THEN HE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING IPL.

  • surya38 on April 8, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    why no sathish in the punjab x1,excellent allrounder, t20 specialist, instead bipul sharma he shuld play next match

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Ferguson, Ryder need to be replaced

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I feel real sorry for MANISH PANDEY. the took the ban and moved to pune because yuraj had promised him a top spot in batting order!! now yuraj out of the scene and change in captain, he has to bat down the order! BUT he has got himself to blame for it! RCB respected him and would have had given him chance to open the innings, BUT he was too eager to kick their proposal and run to pune team!!!

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Really sad not to see Tamim in Pune team. Jesse Ryder is terribly out of form but was still preferred over in form Tamim. Honestly did not expect this from Sourav Ganguly.

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    It's discrimination. Samuels is a top order batsman, he should be used at no.3 or 4. Ferguson and Smith are middle/lower-middle order batsman. Look how well he is playing today. Tamim should have been preferred before Ryder, the way Ryder ran himself out may suggest that he is not yet ready mentally. Please don't just look at the skin color, and/or country name (Aus/SA/NZ).

  • soulhunter01 on April 8, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Let's boycott this IPL.... Inform Batsman not getting any chance....Players like Tamim is sitting on the bench & Newzeland Players are playing instead of Bangladesh...We white washed them 4-0 few days ago but still Bangladeshi players are under rated on IPL ..What a shame...

  • Rezwan1492 on April 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Today Pune will have no chance without Tamim

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  • Rezwan1492 on April 8, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Today Pune will have no chance without Tamim

  • soulhunter01 on April 8, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Let's boycott this IPL.... Inform Batsman not getting any chance....Players like Tamim is sitting on the bench & Newzeland Players are playing instead of Bangladesh...We white washed them 4-0 few days ago but still Bangladeshi players are under rated on IPL ..What a shame...

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    It's discrimination. Samuels is a top order batsman, he should be used at no.3 or 4. Ferguson and Smith are middle/lower-middle order batsman. Look how well he is playing today. Tamim should have been preferred before Ryder, the way Ryder ran himself out may suggest that he is not yet ready mentally. Please don't just look at the skin color, and/or country name (Aus/SA/NZ).

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Really sad not to see Tamim in Pune team. Jesse Ryder is terribly out of form but was still preferred over in form Tamim. Honestly did not expect this from Sourav Ganguly.

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    I feel real sorry for MANISH PANDEY. the took the ban and moved to pune because yuraj had promised him a top spot in batting order!! now yuraj out of the scene and change in captain, he has to bat down the order! BUT he has got himself to blame for it! RCB respected him and would have had given him chance to open the innings, BUT he was too eager to kick their proposal and run to pune team!!!

  • on April 8, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Ferguson, Ryder need to be replaced

  • surya38 on April 8, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    why no sathish in the punjab x1,excellent allrounder, t20 specialist, instead bipul sharma he shuld play next match

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    GANGULY FANTASTIC AS A CAPTAIN!! BUT AS A BATSMAN HE IS A SPENT FORCE. IF HE DOESNT SCORE WITH S/R MORE THAN 100 THEN HE SHOULD NOT BE PLAYING IPL.

  • on April 8, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Well all decisions r welcome untill PWI wins.nothing else matters we just need a winning combinations.1 thought for punjab, why not send parveen kumar before faulkner?

  • LoftedShot on April 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Every time one sees Nehra bowling, can't help laugh at the selectors of India. Which other pace bowler in India has the ability, guile and sharpness of Nehra?

    Shrewd Captain that Ganguly is, he spotted how well Nehra bowled his first over against Punjab XI today and held him back for death overs, (just as Dhoni did so many times since Nehra made a Comeback to Indian team two years back).

    For God's sake Nehra has been India best death overs bowler in last two years, withg maximum wickets and rocked Pakistan in WC 2011 Semifinal at Mohali where he split his finger webbing and went out of action.

    Why should pathetic trundlers like Irfan, Pravin Kumar and unfit Zaheer should bowl for India when you have an option like Nehra. Nehra, Vinay and a fit Zaheer would make India's best pace attack and if Zaheer is not fit, then Dinda, who is bowling so impressively on flat tracks of IPL this season.

    Nehra in Australia would have made so much difference. No doubt at all!