Punjab Hand Pune Second Successive Loss

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The sixth match of the Indian Premier League 2013 was played between Pune Warriors and Kings XI Punjab in Pune at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. The match was a day/night affair and the toss was won by Pune who decided to bat first. It was first match for Kings XI Punjab and the players showed a lot of freshness and energy. For Pune Warriors, the match was their second one for the IPL as they had lost the first match. Right from the first ball, they put pressure on Pune batsmen as the Punjab bowlers bowled accurate lone and length. The bowlers were fully supported by brilliant fielding. As a result, Pune warriors was able to post only 99 runs which was easily achieved by Kings XI Punjab for the loss of just 2 wickets in 12.2 overs.

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The first wicket for Pune fell for just 1 runs when Pandey was out for naught by Kumar. Punjab had used four seamers against the home side and it paid the price as the pace of the score was very slow. Robin Uthappa and Suman then made a paltry partnership of 20 runs for the 2nd wicket. Suman was in for injured Yuvraj Singh. He was caught out on Azhar Mahmood’s delivery. Soon Uthappa’s was also bowled by Piyush Chawla after scoring 19 runs, the second highest of Pune’s innings. The run out of Samuels by Mandeep Singh from deep midwicket boundary was the highlight as Pune Warriors lost 5 wickets for only 38 runs in 10 overs. The spark in the field was seen in the 14th over when Ross Taylor was out on a spectacular catch by Gurkeerat towards long leg who attempted full dive to get the ball. Abhishek Nayar was the top scorer who scored 25 runs and remained not out. He developed a much needed partnership of 25 runs with Mitchell Marsh he target would have been less than 80. At the end, Chawla ran out Rahul Sharma by a direct throw from long off.

Chasing a small total, Kings XI skipper started with his traditional style. He scored 14 runs in the first over. He was soon removed by Matthews when the total was 21 runs. He scored 15 runs. Mandeep Singh was the only other batsman to get out, scoring 31 runs. He was bowled by Sharma. Debutant Manan Vohra played brilliantly to make a solid impact as he scored 43 runs and remained not out. The fielding of Pune Warriors was also below par. Mandeep Singh was dropped by Dinda while Taylor was dropped by Vohra. The score board is as follows:

Kings XI Punjab 100 for 2 (Vohra 43*) beat Pune Warriors 99 for 9 (Mahmood 2-19) by 8 wicket.

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