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

Mascarenhas five-for gives Punjab first win


Kings XI Punjab 116 for 3 (Marsh 64*, Chawla 24*) beat Pune Warriors 115 (Manhas 31, Mascarenhas 5-25) by seven wickets
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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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  • Swapnoneel 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.

  • Swapnoneel 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.

  • Ish 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.

  • Ish 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.

  • Swapnoneel 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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........

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ish 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.

  • Jayaesh 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.

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