14th match (N), Mohali, Apr 12 2012, Indian Premier League
(17.4/20 ov, target 116)
Kings XI won by 7 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Kings XI Punjab
KXIP Innings
Full commentary

That's it from me for tonight, I shall be back for tomorrow's game, when Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens. Have a very good evening!


Mascarenhas is the man of the match.

Mascarenhas: Bit on the surface for me to bowl on. Never had such a surface in India before! Absolutely love playing India, crowds are passionate and it is really nice to win in front of them. Hope to get a win at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in our next game.

Adam Gilchrist: Good to get things started, early days in the tournaments. Bowlers did a good job in getting the movement off the air. Mascarenhas did a good job with the ball, got a couple of good deliveries. The pitch was doing a tad too much because of the storm yesterday and it could be risk to continue playing on this kind of pitch.

Sourav Ganguly: Toss was important but this was a good performance from the Punjab bowlers, we needed to be a lot smarter. Disappointed because we have a good bowling attack, need to be better with our batting. Kept Rahul Sharma away for some time because we wanted to try out our seamers under those conditions.

That is an easy win for Punjab in the end, on a difficult batting surface. 115 was never going to be an easy target to defend and despite a wicket off the first ball, the Pune Warriors failed to hold on to their catches and missed an easy run-out chance.

Marsh, in his own words after the match, rode is luck a bit and got an unbeaten 64 while Adam Gilchrist and Piyush Chawla both scored 21.

Dimitri Mascarenhas' five-wicket haul had earlier pushed Pune Warriors back and they failed to recover from the early jolts.

Samuels to Chawla, FOUR runs
slashed through the covers and that should go to the fence, and also be the end of the game! Punjab have got themselves on to the board!
Samuels to Chawla, 2 runs
dropped, yet again! Tried to slash Samuels and it got more height than distance, should have been caught at point but he failed to get his hands to that.
Samuels to Chawla, no run
spinning away from the bat and dabbed away to the short third-man.
Samuels to Marsh, 1 run
driven away to the mid-wicket for a single.
end of over 1710 runs
KXIP: 109/3CRR: 6.41 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 runs from 18b
Shaun Marsh63 (53)
Piyush Chawla15 (21)
Ashok Dinda3-0-18-1
Rahul Sharma3-0-17-1
Dinda to Marsh, 5 runs
overthrows and they get five. Defended on the off-side and the fielder swooped down on it and threw it wildly over the stumps at the non-striker's end, the fielders backing it failed to get a hand to it and it goes racing away for overthrows.
Dinda to Chawla, 1 run
short again from Dinda and it is pulled away this time by Chawla, getting him a single.