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Yuvraj lauds Pune bowlers for win over KXIP

Published: Monday, April 11, 2011, 11:00 [IST]
 
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Yuvi lauds Pune bowlers for win over KXI


"Nice to get a first win. Our bowlers picked up early wickets and set the momentum. It was a good toss to lose and we bowled wicket to wicket according to our plans. Happy that we got the results," he said after the match.

Yuvraj added that he felt more comfortable in his role as captain of a new team.

"First two years when I was captain of Kings, I took too much pressure and got distracted on the field,' he added.

He also lauded Mithun Manhas who, coming into bat at number three, scored a 32-ball 35 in Pune's run-chase.

"Mithun, I always back him, unfortunate that he has not played for India, but he did well for us on Sunday," Yuvraj said.

His counterpart Adam Gilchrist was undoubtedly a distarught man after having lost his first match as Kings XI skipper.

"Poor all-round performance and it all started with my dismissal in the first over," he said.

Gilchrist expressed his appreciation of Ryan McLaren, whose 43-ball 51-run unbeaten knock helped Kings XI surpass the 100-run mark after being 9/4.

"Ryan McLaren and Chawla had a good partnership. McLaren was outstanding," Gilchrist said.

"If we had them five down for 70-odd, who knows. We didn't step up at all today but long tournament to go."

Man-of-the-match Shrikhant Wagh (3/16) admitted that he felt the pressure in his debut IPl match.

"I have been working hard but I was a bit nervous. DY Patil is good place to bowl on. There is good bounce in the wicket, Alfonso and Parnell, we bowled as a unit," he said.

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