Kings XI Punjab v Pune Warriors, IPL 2012, Mohali April 12, 2012

Mascarenhas five-for gives Punjab first win

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Kings XI Punjab 116 for 3 (Marsh 64*, Chawla 24*) beat Pune Warriors 115 (Manhas 31, Mascarenhas 5-25) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dimitri Mascarenhas and Shaun Marsh were the architects of a comfortable win for Kings XI Punjab, their first this IPL after a poor start to the season. Mascarenhas picked up his second five-for in Twenty20 cricket, in conditions perfectly suited to his accuracy and medium pace. His performance helped bowl out Pune Warriors for just 115 on a slow track, and Shaun Marsh ensured the chase was on track with a composed half-century that marked his own return to form.

On a Mohali track that had some grass and one that was livened up with some rain last night, the Kings XI seamers justified their captain's decision to field, deriving swing and movement with some accurate bowling and picking up wickets at a steady pace in the process. After the early loss of Jesse Ryder, who was run out thanks to a late decision against a single by his partner Sourav Ganguly, Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana and Mascarenhas went about slowing down the innings considerably. Praveen got significant away movement and surprised the batsmen with ones that nipped back in.

The top order hasn't really fired for the Warriors and the trend continued. After promising much with a couple of delightful shots, Ganguly was dismissed thanks to the introduction of Mascarenhas. He got rid of Ganguly with some away movement that produced a leading edge, and saw off an edgy Marlon Samuels with a lovely delivery that moved just at the right time to clip the off stump.

At the other end, with the Warriors soon reduced to 29 for 3, Uthappa was forced to curb his natural instincts but found an able partner in Mithun Manhas, whose swift running and busy approach didn't allow his side to buckle down significantly. Interspersed between a spate of singles and twos were a couple of useful boundaries from Manhas, a wristy smack over Piyush Chawla's head standing out.

The 26-run stand for the fifth wicket ended when Uthappa holed out against Mascarenhas in his second spell and Steven Smith followed not long after, bowled off an inside edge. Smith and Uthappa had played a critical role in the Warriors' previous two wins, chipping in with cameos that proved crucial in the outcome, but weren't able to push on today.

Mascarenhas returned to trouble the Warriors more in his final spell, and wasn't perturbed when struck for a huge six over extra cover by Manhas. He stuck to a straight line, bowling Manhas the very next ball as he tried the scoop, and picked his fifth as Rahul Sharma skied one to deep midwicket; the innings was wrapped up shortly after.

Barring a first-ball setback when Paul Valthaty was cleaned up by Ashok Dinda, Kings XI never really strayed off the track in the chase. Marsh, whose last seven Test innings have yielded just 17 runs, began his innings in style, pulling Dinda through midwicket. It didn't help the Warriors that their fielding was poor, with misfields, overthrows, a missed run-out and a couple of dropped catches preventing them from putting up a fight.

Together with Adam Gilchrist, Marsh saw off the early pressure with two crunching boundaries off Samuels through the off side and Gilchrist matched him, smacking Angelo Mathews for successive fours in the last over of the field restrictions. Marsh, who was reprieved when on 31 and 41, was ruthless when offered width and his adeptness at playing the pull allowed the Warriors bowlers little margin for error. Both timing and power were on display, a classy flick over midwicket off Nehra and a towering six over long-on off Rahul Sharma typifying both those features.

Chawla, promoted above David Hussey, gave Marsh good company and sealed the win, the Warriors doing their bit to hasten it through some sloppy fielding.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: KKR wins and guess who's the MoM? Shakib-Al-Hasan. So the Bangladeshi isn't doing that bad. Well, to me it doesn't matter who plays well (i.e which country he belongs to). IPL is an international tournament, and NOT an Indian domestic tournament. So I'm here to watch some quality cricket. I don't think Ganguly has any cricket left in him.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @ Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: I love CRICKET and I'm not biased to see Indian players if they don't play good cricket. I watch IPL to see some quality cricket and would not mind if it comes from a Bangladeshi rather than an Indian. We are here to talk about cricket, so please leave aside country politics. The truth is Ganguly given his current age and form does not make it in the playing 11. Tamim is a much better prospect at the top of the order. I'll be happy if Ganguly proves me wrong, but I doubt he'll be a consistent performer. One or two freak knocks do not count. Also his sloppy fielding and poor running will cost PWI dear.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Moreover, I think PWI's loss (after 2 fantastic wins) is more due to the performance of Mascarenhas, then because of PWI players or their captain. I think, if you closely observe the match it was Mascarenhas who did the trick for Punjab. So please don't judge captaincy so soon. It's yet time for the us to reach the end of the series. Once, he fails at the end of the series and he fails to perform till then please surely go ahead and humiliate him if you want (i will myself oppose his captaincy), but until then let's encourage Indian cricketers than foreign players.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower: i DOUBT you are an Indian, because you are continously posting pro-bangladesh player posts since the last few days that I have noticed. Nonetheless, as far as the statistics shown by you, I agree that KKR did not perform that well in IPL 1 and 3, but that was not due to Ganguly's captaincy but the politics to have ganguly removed from captaincy. If you are not aware about that controversy you should not comment on it. Further, yes KKR prospered in IPL4, but that was because of RN ten Doeschate, MK Tiwary, JH Kallis and YK Pathan. However, this year Tendo, Pathan and Iqbal are not performing so KKR is back in trouble. whereas in PWI thats not the case. I think we can let Ganguly captain this series and then comment whether he was successful or not. One loss does not provide any proof of the quality of captaincy specially considering that they have won 2 matches before 2 -high class teams.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: because ganguly doesn't have the skills to be in the team. its simple. so he can be a non-playing captain/mentor. plz check the stats, KKR did wayyyyy better in IPL4 than their 2 seasons (IPL1 & IPL3) under ganguly's captaincy. in IPL4 under gambhir, KKR came into the top 4 for the first time in IPL's history; they also qualified and played the Champion's League for the first time. So what do you mean "they still haven't found a decent captain for their team"? BTW I'm Indian, and also from Kolkata. But I still feel ganguly should be replaced by Tamim at the top, for the betterment of PWI.

  • on April 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    The main Problem with Pune is their captain. Even if he is a good caption he does not his reserved his place in their team. In that situatioan he should not come to the top position, he should be down the order, 7 or 8, in their currunt bating order, Manish Pande should be up the batting order with ryder. Look yesterday if ganguly is run out instead of Ryder they have atleast 20 runs more. For me thier batting order should be Ryder, Manish, Robin, Samual, Smith,Manhas, Ganguly,then tail enders. Kings eleven should consider A. Nayar as an opener in stead of Paul Valthaty. Because his currunt form is very poor.

  • Deepak_Toronto on April 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dada's captaincy but I also think that PWI needs few changes.Bring back Murli Kartik and play Tamim Iqbal in place of Smith. Dada should play at number 5. Here is the batting order: 1. Utthapa 2. Tamim 3. Manish Pandey 4. Mithun Minhas 5. Dada 6. Jesse Ryder 7. M Samuels 8.Rahul Sharma 9. Murli Karthik 10. Nehra 11. Dinda : try other fast bolwers also...for future if dinda ges unfit........

  • on April 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Wow !! When Pune won both their matches. None of the Bangladeshi fans commented ! and when Pune lost they jumped out of their holes and claimed that Tamim should be in. I do agree that Tamim is a very good player ! But I'm disappointed with the attitude of Bangladeshi fans. They are only bittering the relationship b/w Indian and Bangladesh. It seems for them, Shakib and Tamim are World's 2 greatest players who have achieved everything in their short career. They need to calm themselves and understand that IPL franchises r not fool that they would waste their money on any player. If Tamim n Shakib have been bought they'll surely play @ some point (like KKR played Shakib)when (if) needed. PEACE FOR ALL.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @bootstrapper: you are right, I have never heard of any country acting in this disrespectful manner. First of all we are giving a chance to these upcoming players to play in our IPL having the like of Shewag, Tendulkar, Gayle, Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, many more to name, and on top that they think that we have taken them because we desperately can't play IPL without any of Bangladeshi player in the team. I am sorry please come out of the imaginary world. As I have mentioned earlier, the world is much bigger than you think. We will play tamin & shaikb but only when we think they fit in that role. By all these comment and malafide pressure, you just bittering the relationship between both countries by exchange of words. If you don't say anything we won't need to respond. If Bangladesh fans would not have acted this way, even we would rejoice that an Asian player is coming up, we should be proud about it. But with this attitude, I don't think any indian feels that way for tamin and shakib.

  • anshu.s on April 13, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What's wrong with Pune team,batting order of team beggars belief Talented batsmen like Manish Pandey batting at no.8 !! he is much better batting higher up and is more talented than slow as tortoise M.Samuels n so called finisher Angelo Mathews.Steve Smith also needs to bat higher and one of the foregin player has to be a seam bowler.Ganguly is struggling at the top.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    @Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: KKR wins and guess who's the MoM? Shakib-Al-Hasan. So the Bangladeshi isn't doing that bad. Well, to me it doesn't matter who plays well (i.e which country he belongs to). IPL is an international tournament, and NOT an Indian domestic tournament. So I'm here to watch some quality cricket. I don't think Ganguly has any cricket left in him.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    @ Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: I love CRICKET and I'm not biased to see Indian players if they don't play good cricket. I watch IPL to see some quality cricket and would not mind if it comes from a Bangladeshi rather than an Indian. We are here to talk about cricket, so please leave aside country politics. The truth is Ganguly given his current age and form does not make it in the playing 11. Tamim is a much better prospect at the top of the order. I'll be happy if Ganguly proves me wrong, but I doubt he'll be a consistent performer. One or two freak knocks do not count. Also his sloppy fielding and poor running will cost PWI dear.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Moreover, I think PWI's loss (after 2 fantastic wins) is more due to the performance of Mascarenhas, then because of PWI players or their captain. I think, if you closely observe the match it was Mascarenhas who did the trick for Punjab. So please don't judge captaincy so soon. It's yet time for the us to reach the end of the series. Once, he fails at the end of the series and he fails to perform till then please surely go ahead and humiliate him if you want (i will myself oppose his captaincy), but until then let's encourage Indian cricketers than foreign players.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    @passionate_cricket_follower: i DOUBT you are an Indian, because you are continously posting pro-bangladesh player posts since the last few days that I have noticed. Nonetheless, as far as the statistics shown by you, I agree that KKR did not perform that well in IPL 1 and 3, but that was not due to Ganguly's captaincy but the politics to have ganguly removed from captaincy. If you are not aware about that controversy you should not comment on it. Further, yes KKR prospered in IPL4, but that was because of RN ten Doeschate, MK Tiwary, JH Kallis and YK Pathan. However, this year Tendo, Pathan and Iqbal are not performing so KKR is back in trouble. whereas in PWI thats not the case. I think we can let Ganguly captain this series and then comment whether he was successful or not. One loss does not provide any proof of the quality of captaincy specially considering that they have won 2 matches before 2 -high class teams.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    @Mumbai-Rocking-IPL: because ganguly doesn't have the skills to be in the team. its simple. so he can be a non-playing captain/mentor. plz check the stats, KKR did wayyyyy better in IPL4 than their 2 seasons (IPL1 & IPL3) under ganguly's captaincy. in IPL4 under gambhir, KKR came into the top 4 for the first time in IPL's history; they also qualified and played the Champion's League for the first time. So what do you mean "they still haven't found a decent captain for their team"? BTW I'm Indian, and also from Kolkata. But I still feel ganguly should be replaced by Tamim at the top, for the betterment of PWI.

  • on April 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    The main Problem with Pune is their captain. Even if he is a good caption he does not his reserved his place in their team. In that situatioan he should not come to the top position, he should be down the order, 7 or 8, in their currunt bating order, Manish Pande should be up the batting order with ryder. Look yesterday if ganguly is run out instead of Ryder they have atleast 20 runs more. For me thier batting order should be Ryder, Manish, Robin, Samual, Smith,Manhas, Ganguly,then tail enders. Kings eleven should consider A. Nayar as an opener in stead of Paul Valthaty. Because his currunt form is very poor.

  • Deepak_Toronto on April 13, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    I am a big fan of Dada's captaincy but I also think that PWI needs few changes.Bring back Murli Kartik and play Tamim Iqbal in place of Smith. Dada should play at number 5. Here is the batting order: 1. Utthapa 2. Tamim 3. Manish Pandey 4. Mithun Minhas 5. Dada 6. Jesse Ryder 7. M Samuels 8.Rahul Sharma 9. Murli Karthik 10. Nehra 11. Dinda : try other fast bolwers also...for future if dinda ges unfit........

  • on April 13, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Wow !! When Pune won both their matches. None of the Bangladeshi fans commented ! and when Pune lost they jumped out of their holes and claimed that Tamim should be in. I do agree that Tamim is a very good player ! But I'm disappointed with the attitude of Bangladeshi fans. They are only bittering the relationship b/w Indian and Bangladesh. It seems for them, Shakib and Tamim are World's 2 greatest players who have achieved everything in their short career. They need to calm themselves and understand that IPL franchises r not fool that they would waste their money on any player. If Tamim n Shakib have been bought they'll surely play @ some point (like KKR played Shakib)when (if) needed. PEACE FOR ALL.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @bootstrapper: you are right, I have never heard of any country acting in this disrespectful manner. First of all we are giving a chance to these upcoming players to play in our IPL having the like of Shewag, Tendulkar, Gayle, Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, many more to name, and on top that they think that we have taken them because we desperately can't play IPL without any of Bangladeshi player in the team. I am sorry please come out of the imaginary world. As I have mentioned earlier, the world is much bigger than you think. We will play tamin & shaikb but only when we think they fit in that role. By all these comment and malafide pressure, you just bittering the relationship between both countries by exchange of words. If you don't say anything we won't need to respond. If Bangladesh fans would not have acted this way, even we would rejoice that an Asian player is coming up, we should be proud about it. But with this attitude, I don't think any indian feels that way for tamin and shakib.

  • anshu.s on April 13, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    What's wrong with Pune team,batting order of team beggars belief Talented batsmen like Manish Pandey batting at no.8 !! he is much better batting higher up and is more talented than slow as tortoise M.Samuels n so called finisher Angelo Mathews.Steve Smith also needs to bat higher and one of the foregin player has to be a seam bowler.Ganguly is struggling at the top.

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    why does everyone want to kick out ganguly ? I mean, he has played fairly better than atleast the other players in squad. Further, I didn't see anyone complaining (except bangladeshi becoz of tamin) about Dada when he got Pune to win 2 matches. Specially the one before MI. remember MI is one of the strongest team in IPL and have lost only against one team i.e. PWI. So I think Dada has done a decent task. He may not be extraordinary (as you may expect it) but he has done nothing wrong for him to be removed from the captain's position in PWI. He has been a decent and fair enough captain and he is not GOD to win every match for PWI. [you can see the plight of KKR once they removed Dada. they still haven't found a decent captain for their team. ]

  • kimian on April 13, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Glad to see Punjab get back on track,but sad it came at the expense of Pune !!!!

  • rohanblue on April 13, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    dada is a poor poor t20 player.........

  • on April 13, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    ganguly need to be kicked out as soon as possible

  • hari040761 on April 13, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    the order should be uthappa, tamim, pandey, smith, mathews, samuels, ganguly/manhas, kartik, sharma, dinda, nehra

  • IndiaNumeroUno on April 13, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Why is Tamim not playing?!!

  • on April 13, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    robin utappa & tamim iqbal should open and they have the ability to score faster in power play . why dada & ryder start slowly i dont understand . thats why pune haven't score a big total yet .

  • IJ-IPL on April 13, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    You know the funny part about bangladeshi supporters is that they argue about shakib's all time record more than his failure to perform. But when we discuss tamin, it's the other way around. They choose to ignore his pathetic batting average of 13 in T20 international and 19 in domestic T20. I mean every other bowlers in Pune Warrior has better batting average than Tamin, why should tamin even be considered in place of foreign players. Oh ! and now the argument that even the present batsmen haven't performed, so they should be removed and replaced by Tamin. Didn't u remember this fact, when it was stated that Shakib failed to perform should some other foreign players have to replace him. But at that time, you choose to say that every day is not sunday, give him sometime as he has better statistics than others -----(and for the record Shakib's statistics in T20 is equally bad as tamin...his batting average is 13.57 and 15 respectively..)

  • mrcool on April 13, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Robin uthappa should play as opener and don't drop murali kartik again.

  • passionate_cricket_follower on April 13, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    actually tamim should replace ganguly at the top. not sure where ganguly fits in this team. he's no gilchrist. maybe he can take up mentoring pune with his experience, rather than lose them matches. angelo matthews might take over as the captain.

  • Romenevans on April 13, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    LOL dada is a big liability on the team. They are playing 1 batsman short, because he can't score...he can't run and he gets other players run out too.

  • on April 13, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    Once Rhyder, Dada & Uthappa fell, there was absolutely NO CHANGE for the fancied Pune team, given the accuracy of Mascar .. The Team has to learn a lesson or two as to cope up with the conditions that eminently suit this type of bowler as well as the pitch-conditions .. Is it TOO LATE for Dada & coy.??

  • Bruisers on April 13, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Ganguly is probably the worst captain of this season. I mean, look at the batting order- Manhas batting at 6 and Pandey at 8..! Seriously, I haven't seen such a pathetic batting order in my entire life. This should have been the proper batting order- Ganguly, Ryder, Pandey, Manhas, Samuels, Uthappa, Mathews, Smith, Sharma, Nehra, Dinda...

  • on April 13, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Tamim should be played in the next match...

  • on April 13, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    Please please please, give a chance to TAMIM !!! he should be an automatic choice, given his current form and the way he plays his cricket.

  • on April 13, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    Tamim is a world class player with style. Not sure why he is not playing! better than ryder

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 12, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    I think, Dada should coach the team. He is not batting really well in this season. Robin Uthappa and Tamim Iqbal should open. In T20 games, need dashing openers. Good luck PWI.

  • StoneRosesRam on April 12, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Good win for Punjab, just what was needed, Dimi was superb and KXIP can rely on him in absence of Mahmood and Broad. Nice to see Marsh get back into form, Punjab's campaign i feel will rely on how he plays

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 12, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    this guy Jesse Ryder thinks he is Usain Bolt and starts running for 1000 m sprint with Ganguly- you've won Jesse, well taken run!

  • rongdhonu on April 12, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Dada why tamim not plying Is ryder better then him

  • bootstrapper on April 12, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Yohoo, PWI wins, we shout "we want tamim, we want tamim"... PWI loses, we shout "we want tamim, we want tamim"... Get a life, this is a team game, I have never seen any other country cry because some player did not get selected in some league team Hard to imagine Spaniards crying if torres is not in first team or French crying is Thierry Henry is not in first team

  • on April 12, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    This will be interesting as PwI going to face CSK and biggies now. Suddenly you get exposed and might get back to square one. We all knew they never had the best team. Hope I am wrong.

  • on April 12, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Manish Pandey is great batsman ...needs to bat up in the order

  • montys_muse on April 12, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Marsh seems to be in great form on sub-continent pitches...best ipl batsman, great debut against sl...but in his home conditions he comes a cropper...poor test series agianst ind and not a grt first class record..

  • Abids11 on April 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    PW didn't bat well all the 3 games. their top order failed every time.they should think about their batting line up seriously.TAMIM IQBAL should get chance next match.

  • Crikoot on April 12, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Tamim is a world class player with style. Not sure why he is not playing!

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Where was Tamim during all this?????

  • Kamrul_BD on April 12, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    I don't understand why PWI is not considering Tamim in thier squad...This lad scored for consecutive 50 in last Asia cup...Even in the practice match he scored 50+ run just from 37 balls...He is also a very good fielder..What else you need PWI!! Jessy Rider should be replaced by Tamim in upcoming matches...Best of luck Dada..

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 12, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    It's ironic that either side of a reported fulmination by KP about how little attention is paid in England to the IPL, there should be two starring performances in the IPL by two of England's forgotten players, Owais Shah and Dimitri Mascarenhas. I'm mildly interested to see what level of mainstream media attention will be paid in England to the fact that an English player made such a stand-out performance in this game. I expect there will be very little comment about this, although rather than on account of the reasons suggested by KP, this is undoubtedly at least partly because Mascarenhas is not one of England's media-friendly glamour players like Swann, Broad and KP himself.

  • Quddus-Mamu on April 12, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I don't understand how Jesse Ryder could be better player than Tamim Iqbal? His last 5 matches scores are 7, 8, 0, 6 and 52 (most recent first). Tamim's last 5 matches scores are 60, 59, 70, 64, 14 and those are all against India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. I think, PWI should think about Tamim.

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    very good... the best player u keep siting on hotel room and lose matches.... :@

  • Shawonazad on April 12, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Why Pune is not playing Tamim Iqbal ? Tamim recently got 4 fifties in Asia Cup & well in form. Pune openers along with Ganguly did not click any day in IPL 2012. Even they won all the match by the bowlers. Why they are not playing Tamim in stead of Jessy Ryder who did not bated in any format of the game for a long time????

  • on April 12, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    The top order is constantly failing and Dada is insisting on making in form player like Tamim sit while opting for totally out of form Ryder (who got out early today, didn't bowl all that well and missed an easy runout, his previous match performance wasn't anything to write home about aswell). It's quite disheartening to see Dada is also underestimating Tamim like any other naysayer.

  • cric_lover12 on April 12, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Poor team selection by Pune & poor captaincy by Ganguly. Dinda should bowl 4 overs and utilized earlier. Ganguly needs great opening batsmen, could be Smith & Tamim. Ryder is not in good form. Ganguly should bat at no-5.

  • vrn59 on April 12, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Pune should play Tamim Iqbal. Angelo Mathews' inclusion adds some muscle to the batting order, and Ganguly will have a hard time deciding which overseas player to drop to accomodate Michael Clarke when he arrives in May. Pune has a good, balanced bowling attack that has delivered consistently for them in this season: the new-ball pair of Ashok Dinda and Ashish Nehra and the spin duo of Rahul Sharma and Murali Kartik make a bowling attack to be reckoned with. Angelo Mathews, Jesse Ryder and Marlon Samuels' all-round skills have provided some contigency to the bowlers, and Steven Smith and Sourav Ganguly's bowling hasn't even been needed so far. Manish Pandey is a waste of time; he bats too low and makes no impact whatsoever.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Top order of Pune never did well, now all Indians who are in against of Tamim's inclusion in best 11, should think how long PWI can continue with Ryder and others in stead of Tamim.

  • Professori on April 12, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I don't know what the frenzied fans of the great dada have to say today - was it his great batting, or great frelding or his great captaincy. This much is for sure - PW's points on the table are going to remain where they are today for rest of the tournament, unless he is blessed with some extraordinary luck. Pray fans, pray.

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Still cannot actually believe that Jesse Ryder was again picked over Tamim Iqbal but as usual FAILED. Everyone knows Jesse is not as good and exciting as Tamim and clearly out of form whereas Tamim has scored 4 consecutive 50s of top class standard against top class teams. Personally I think the IPL squads are simply too big and need to reduce it.

  • muannis on April 12, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    What Ganguly or Marsh want to prove ? Is Ryder better than Tamim ? This is just ridiculous. Praying for Pune loss !

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    5.4 Mascarenhas to Samuels, OUT, bowled! A torturous innings has been ended, bowled off a straight ball that looked to be coming into the batsman but deviated that little bit, to take the stumps! Three down and in trouble

    SAMUELS IS TORTUROUS. IS NOT TAMIM IS BETTER THAN HIM?????????

  • pjbarua on April 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Tamim is a better option instead of Ryder as Mathews is back. Tamim is in great form. Pune should do better in the batting powerplay.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    WHY no TAMIM????????????

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Poor Punjab..Broad injured and Visa issues for Azhar Mahmood.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Have a Feeling that PWI made a mistake by leaving a bowler. Dinda, Nehra, Rahul, Samuels and Ryder...cant bank on Ryder and Smith...Mathews is not bowling..

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  • on April 12, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Have a Feeling that PWI made a mistake by leaving a bowler. Dinda, Nehra, Rahul, Samuels and Ryder...cant bank on Ryder and Smith...Mathews is not bowling..

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Poor Punjab..Broad injured and Visa issues for Azhar Mahmood.

  • on April 12, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    WHY no TAMIM????????????

  • pjbarua on April 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Tamim is a better option instead of Ryder as Mathews is back. Tamim is in great form. Pune should do better in the batting powerplay.

  • on April 12, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    5.4 Mascarenhas to Samuels, OUT, bowled! A torturous innings has been ended, bowled off a straight ball that looked to be coming into the batsman but deviated that little bit, to take the stumps! Three down and in trouble

    SAMUELS IS TORTUROUS. IS NOT TAMIM IS BETTER THAN HIM?????????

  • muannis on April 12, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    What Ganguly or Marsh want to prove ? Is Ryder better than Tamim ? This is just ridiculous. Praying for Pune loss !

  • on April 12, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Still cannot actually believe that Jesse Ryder was again picked over Tamim Iqbal but as usual FAILED. Everyone knows Jesse is not as good and exciting as Tamim and clearly out of form whereas Tamim has scored 4 consecutive 50s of top class standard against top class teams. Personally I think the IPL squads are simply too big and need to reduce it.

  • Professori on April 12, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I don't know what the frenzied fans of the great dada have to say today - was it his great batting, or great frelding or his great captaincy. This much is for sure - PW's points on the table are going to remain where they are today for rest of the tournament, unless he is blessed with some extraordinary luck. Pray fans, pray.

  • on April 12, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Top order of Pune never did well, now all Indians who are in against of Tamim's inclusion in best 11, should think how long PWI can continue with Ryder and others in stead of Tamim.

  • vrn59 on April 12, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Pune should play Tamim Iqbal. Angelo Mathews' inclusion adds some muscle to the batting order, and Ganguly will have a hard time deciding which overseas player to drop to accomodate Michael Clarke when he arrives in May. Pune has a good, balanced bowling attack that has delivered consistently for them in this season: the new-ball pair of Ashok Dinda and Ashish Nehra and the spin duo of Rahul Sharma and Murali Kartik make a bowling attack to be reckoned with. Angelo Mathews, Jesse Ryder and Marlon Samuels' all-round skills have provided some contigency to the bowlers, and Steven Smith and Sourav Ganguly's bowling hasn't even been needed so far. Manish Pandey is a waste of time; he bats too low and makes no impact whatsoever.