Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Pune April 7, 2013

Gurkeerat's stunner, and a farcical finish

The Plays of the day from the IPL match between Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab, in Pune

The catch
There have already been a couple of astonishing catches this season with Ajinkya Rahane and Kieron Pollard pulling off stunning takes yesterday. Kings XI Punjab's Gurkeerat Singh added to that list today, sprinting across from deep backward square leg, diving full length to his right and towards the boundary, to pouch a superbly timed Ross Taylor shot. The television angles that checked whether the catch was completed properly showcased the brilliance of the catch as it looked even better when seen from behind the fielder.

The end
The eventual last ball of the match was evidence of Pune Warriors' struggle. Mitchell Marsh had David Hussey spectacularly caught at midwicket by T Suman but the umpires decided to check for a no-ball. The replays showed Marsh had overstepped, and which the resulting extra run ended the game.

The ball
Parvinder Awana pegged the Warriors' batsmen back during his quick four-over spell. The crowning glory was a superb delivery that sliced open Angelo Mathews, took the outside edge and had him caught behind by Adam Gilchrist.

The whip
It was a bowlers' game until Gilchrist went after Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the first over of Kings XI's chase. He pummelled the first and fourth balls of the over down the ground for fours, before the fifth delivery brought back memories of Gilchrist in his pomp. Gilchrist effortlessly swung a leg-side delivery into the stands beyond square-leg. It was the cue for the youngsters Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra to smash the Warriors bowlers and complete a straightforward victory.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Cricket is a team game including the behind the screen players like coach and management. One can see how quickly Hyderabad team changed their fortunes.

  • matty on April 8, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    i sort of cant help but laugh at all the pune supporters here, cricket is not an individual sport mate, the whole team needs to do their bit (very much like kxip). everyone is looking for a dumping ground for blames in angelo mathews, but i am pretty sure the other 10 players know quite well once onto the ground. Anyway 3cheers for my boys from punjab, played with confidence, will to win n teamwork, specially for the team considered underdogs by everyone

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Good performance by Pune warrios..

  • Rashid on April 8, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Lack of positive mind is the problem in WPI, they should ask Mitchel or Luke bat at No.3 and should play aggressive cricket irrespective of Pitch, Condition and Bowlers. There is no meaning to play Mathews and Mitchel batting at 7 and 8, as they were both aggressive and experienced batsmen. My batting order is Uthappa, Samuals, Luke/Mitchel, Yuvi, Tylor, Mathews, Rassol/Nayar, Buvi, Rahul sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Dinda

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    The team selection is an issue especially with the Indian players not clicking. One would expect that Manish Pandey and Utthappa would bring in a lot more runs with their IPL experience, but still that column remains disappointing. I Also believe that Alfonso Thomas was a great loss as the team would have worked wonders with a T20 specialist like him. And then there is Steven Smith. The team probably might have thought of dropping him in favor of the fit again Yuvraj but there are much more credentials he brings to the table than just his batting. Pune would be well advised to heed. Also the pitches need to made to suit bowlers like Kumar and Dinda else anyone on their day can take them on and runs would be bled. Kumar and Dinda rely more on swing and a bit of grass wont harm Pune's chances much. Overall there are lots of issues Pune needs to address before they move on to the remaining league matches and they would be well served if they master the conditions at home first

  • Shaikh on April 8, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    A team who lets Mitchel Marsh bat down at no.8 does have lots of problems in their think-tanks.........this chap is an amazing batsman who alone can change the fate of pune...drop marlon and bring in steve smith, give him the captaincy and see how things change...

  • Mayuresh on April 8, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Checking "no-ball" with thrid umpire doesn't make sense. If you want the third umpire to decide on "no-ball" too, then why have the standing umpires? Like DRS even, the existing rules need to be revised.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Agree with Palavadisuresh. Remove Angelo from captaincy, drop marlon. Make Stevie Smith captain and bring in Finch. Open with Yuvi / Mitch Marsh

  • suresh kumar on April 7, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    mathews never had a captaincy experience and he failed to pick correct 4 foreign players. His place in 11 is questionable. Bring finch, smith. Remove mathews as caption.

  • Dummy4 on April 7, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    The batsman have to take ownership. They have to put some runs on the board & they must me be made to realize that they are playing a T20 & not a timeless test. Pathetic Warriors India. Show some intensity in this season atleast. Angelo Mathews has to bat up the order, & ajantha mendis must make it in the playing 11

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