Pune pacers limit Punjab to 112/8

Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011, 21:37 [IST]
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Pune pacers limit Punjab to 112/8

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Kings XI Punjab didn't get off to an impressive start. Opening the bowling, Alfonso Thomas was successful straight away, getting Adam Gilchrist caught behind for 1 in the first over. Then in the second, the other opener Shaun Marsh, was caught by Rahul Sharma for 1 off Shrikant Wagh's bowling and the KXIP were 4/2.

Paul Valthaty struck the first four of Punjab's innings in the third over off Thomas. But just two balls after that he was caught at point by Jesse Ryder for 6 and the Kings were in dire straits at 9/3 in 2.4 overs. Then in the following over, another one bit the dust, Dinesh Karthik becoming the second victim of Wagh and departing for a duck.

The next batsman Sunny Singh got a lucky inside edge which went for four. But then he knocked off another more confident-looking boundary off Wagh with a cut shot as KXIP climbed to 17/4 in 4 overs. 9 runs came off Wayne Parnell in the 5th over including 4 leg byes and a four by Abhishek Nayar.

Then Nayar and Singh teamed up to each knock a four off Murali Karthik, but soon afterward a horrible mix-up resulted in the run out of Singh for 12 off 6 balls. The Kings had lost half their side for 36 in 6 overs. Then just when things couldn't get any worse for Punjab, they lost Nayar to Jesse Ryder when Graeme Smith caught him at backward point. The batting side was a dismal 45/6 in 9 overs.

Ryan McLaren ran a double off Ryder to bring up the Kings' 50 in 11 overs. At the end of 15 over, the Kings were 68/6 and 76/6 after 16 overs. In the 18th over, Wagh got Chawla to top-edge a ball which Robin Uthappa swallowed up. The batsman was on his way for 15 off 28 balls and Punjab were 80/7. Then in the penultimate over, McLaren smashed a six off Thomas and followed it up with a four to bring up the Kings' 100.

Praveen Kumar got out for 3 in the first ball of the last over, but McLaren kept up the momentum, hitting two fours to ensure his side finish with a marginal respectable 112/8.

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