Thursday, April 12, 2012

Kings XI Punjab win the first match

MOHALI- Dimitri Mascarenhas’ 5-for set up Kings XI Punjab’s 1st win of IPL-V as they beat Pune Warriors by “7”wickets at the PCA Stadium here, on Thursday. The victory was Punjab’s 1st over Pune across the short the past of the league.

Punjab selected to field and bundled out Pune  Warriors for 115 in 19 overs on a track with a little something for the seamers, and then chases down the condition with 14 balls to spare. Although the home team lost an out-of-sorts Paul Valthaty 1st ball to Ashok Dinda, and had to tide over a tight Rahul Sharma spell in the center of the innings, the low total was never going to be any trouble once Shaun Marsh dug in at one end.
Pune might have experienced Punjab further had they held their chances, but 2 dropped catches and a missed run-out of Marsh didn’t do them any favoritism and in the end, the Aussie’s solid victorious 64 (54b, 7x4, 1x6) brought Preity Zinta’s outfit their 1st points of the season. But really, the seeds of the win sown when Pune take strike and Punjab put in the hard yard. Praveen Kumar and Provender Awana started their spell tidily and the 1st get through came about when the perilous Jesse Ryder was run out by David Hussey. At 28-1 in the 6th over.

The opening of Mascarenhas’ medium-pacer changed all that. The English all-rounder accounted for Captain Sourav Ganguly in his 1st ball, a leading edge that lobbed happily to Marsh at point. 2 deliveries later, a stressed Marlon Samuels was clean bowled and put out of his misery. Mascarenhas removed Robin Uthappa just as the Bangalore and was decision his feet, as Pune lost half their side for 75 in the 13th over, and return for another double-wicket burst – in the 18th over.
Mithun Manhas 31 who provide the only conflict against restricted Punjab bowling, heaved Mascarenhas for 6 over long-off to begin the 18th. The bowler got his own back in the very next ball, as Manhas tried to sweep, missed, and saw his stump scattered. Mascarenhas wasn’t completed. He added Rahul Sharma to his bag of scalps and concluded with figures of 4-0-25-5, leaving Pune - tottering at 110 for nine – at the point of no return.

Man of the match:
Dimitri Mascarenhas

Today Match -13-04-12

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

Match 15, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:00 PM IST.
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