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

Punjab begin season with commanding win


Kings XI Punjab 100 for 2 (Vohra 43*) beat Pune Warriors 99 for 9 (Mahmood 2-19) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kings XI Punjab's accurate seam bowling was complemented by an all-round fielding display as they raced to an eight-wicket win over Pune Warriors in Pune. It was the first time Punjab had begun an IPL season with a victory and they took just 12.2 overs to chase the target and hand the home side their second successive loss.

Two run-outs and Gurkeerat Singh's spectacular catch were the highlights as Kings XI took control of the game from the first over. The four-man seam attack hardly gave the Warriors batsman a chance on a pitch that perhaps misled them into batting first.

Manish Pandey's hesitant prod started Warriors' slide and they struggled in the Powerplay overs. T Suman, who replaced the injured Yuvraj Singh, added 20 for the second wicket with Robin Uthappa, but both fell trying to push the run-rate. Suman skied Azhar Mahmood while Uthappa's charge to the legspinner Piyush Chawla was poorly judged.

Mandeep Singh then ran out Marlon Samuels with a terrific throw running in from the deep midwicket boundary, and Chawla later ran out Rahul Sharma with a direct hit from long-off, off the last ball of the innings.

Parvinder Awana was a force among the quicks. After a good first over he bowled the best ball of the game, which took Angelo Mathews' outside edge. Warriors were 38 for 5 at the end of the 10th over, and the game had slipped away from them.

Kings XI's accurate bowling made the difference, but the first-match energy from the fielders left Warriors batsman stranded at either end for long patches. The highlight in the field came in the 14th over, via a jaw-dropping catch. Ross Taylor's trademark pull towards long leg was intercepted by Gurkeerat, who dived full length to his right and caught the ball after it had passed him and held on to it after crashing to earth.

Had Mitchell Marsh and Abhishek Nayar not added 25 for the seventh wicket, Warriors would have had to defend fewer than the 99 they got in the end.

Kings XI captain Adam Gilchrist took fourteen runs off the first over of the chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hit for two straight fours and a flicked six, but Gilchrist fell soon after to a catch at deep square-leg.

Then it was the turn of little known Manan Vohra to make a spectacle of his IPL debut. The No. 3 batsman smashed four out of five fours in the fourth over bowled by Ashok Dinda. There were nice shots on the offside before the youngster brought out a swivel-pull to finish the over. He then drilled Mathews to the straight boundary to make it five fours in as many balls.

Warriors were poor in the field too. Dinda dropped Mandeep Singh at mid-on before Taylor dropped Vohra at slip. Mandeep and Vohra added 58 for the second wicket with the debutant making 43 off 28 balls.

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

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  • RAVINDER on April 8, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I'm a big KXIP fan but I would like to add that Pune's team mgmnt is not managing the team properly.What on earth they were thinking leaving Smith out?? In one of the previous edition RCB had to leave out their skipper, a great NZ spinner to make to team balance right. Like Wright has to open and other foreign players could be Smith,Samuel and Mathews/Finch/Tamim depending upon pitch/other team. Also instead of proven IPL failure Manish Pandey and proven India failure Uthapa they can try younger players like Rassol/Ishwar/Ali Murtza.Look at KXIP to learn about this. Openers should be given free hands and players like Uthapa and Manish should be punished by keeping them to benches for next few games just to make an example.

  • lucky on April 8, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    if pune wants to win..... dont play with manish pandey and uttappa as a opner.

  • lucky on April 8, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Why pune warriors neglecting Steve smith becoz previous year IPL he was a leading run scorer for Pune. He's the one who can handle pressure in the middle order and scores frequently in last 4-5 over.

  • santha on April 8, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    i think pandey and robin playing with some fear up the order they should drop pandey bring in yuvraj suman and wright will have to open the battng and drop uthappa down at 5 and ross will dropped from the side nayar in his batting ability he coming in too back down the order he must bat at 3 and samuels drop at 4 their bowling seems like strong bowling line-up for me drop out marsh and bring in mendis or parnell they should not put their heads down because last year kkr lost first 2 games but they win that ipl pune win first 2 games and stiil finish last year i thinking that change of fortune i hope pune will come back strong in the next game and winning this ipl

  • Tanveer on April 8, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Pune warriors should rely more on Domestic India players rather than overseas players as none of the overseas in this team is consistent and has shown agression. I have been following Ranji, Vijay Hazare, and Mustaq ali trophies, domestic players have lots of talent and can be used, like Ali Murtaza - all rounder, Parvez Rasool, Ishwar try all domestic players who have not got chance to play in India XI, rather than playing those who were earlier with India XI like Manish Pandey, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma, try boss try those are players bcoz they are worth and they are here in your team today use them and kill other teams.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Mathews should be at 5. Can;t blame him. likewise DD lost two games ina row but it's not Mahela's fault. Pune should look beyond Manish pandey. Wright or Finch need to get back into opening slot.

  • Nagarjuna on April 8, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    This is Completely Wrong with Team ManageMent. They Should give Chance to Play for LukeWroght and Aron Finch. MichelMarsh and Ross Tyalor Not at all requred.( These Two already played for other franchisee and then they came here.) But Lukewright and AronFinch are Both are came to PWI Directly. So They Should Play in Xi. OtherWise PWI will Lose All Matches . already this is the 11th consicutive Loss for PWI from Lost season 9 and this season 2 mathces. and also they should give chance to rasool jammu kasmir all rounder. suman, utappa, manesh pandey, ross taylor, Abhishek nayar, etc.. players all are not played well for other franchisee, so they sold them. how they will play here . team management should think least. PWI Have Excellent Batsmen but they are sitting on bench. this is not at all good signs for Team. Please Play Xi: same order. 1. Luke Wright 2. Finch 3. Yuvraj 4. Stev Smith 5. Mathews 6. utappa 7.Anustup Majumdar 8. parwez Rasool 9.bhuvi 10. R.sharma 11. iswar pandey

  • Sarah on April 8, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    I can't believe how eager these people are to point the finger at Mathews. I accept he is neither Mahela nor Sanga, NOT YET. But he did what he could do on the field as a skipper. Why don't talk about whole top order ?? and those dropped catches ?? Its not Mathews fault they consistently fail with the bat n drop dollies. He can be blamed for failing with the bat but not for his captaincy.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Will Yuvi be available for upcoming games.If not pune has lost the league here only.As both the experienced players will be out of league.First Michael Clarke and now Yuvraj SINGH.For pune team,without YUVI,its like Sachin without cricket. Get recover YUVI ang get the Championship Trophy to PUNE,which you had done in WORLD CUP 2011. ALL THE BEST YUVI AND GET WELL SOON.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Now,PUNE needs to wake up from their mistakes in past games.They have losses against the teams who have not so good players.Wonder what will they do against RCB's and other strong teams in League.PUNE had beaten in all three formats.Fielding was too poor,same in batting and bowling. The team must contain hard hitting opner so that opening can be good.Robin and Manish play very test format T20.If Tamim is available,he should be given games and Luke Wright/Aaron Finch should also be given chances,so that Powerplay score increses for Pune,which has been big problem since past edition as well. Bowling department is good,but Parvez Rasool is positive.he is good in batting also,know for hard hitting finisher,he should be given chances to show his class.Many changes can't be done but surely,this change should be done.We have Mystery Spiner as well.If both of them included it will benefit team. Fielding should also be improved,fumbles in last game. They don't have to worry in Allrounder dept.