Harjit Mehat | cricket20
The Pune Warriors cruised to a comprehensive 7 wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab to seal victory in their first ever Indian Premier League match with over 6 overs to spare.
The Warriors completed a one side victory despite Ryan Mclaren’s half century which helped the Kings XI reach 112-8 after they suffered a shocking start against the Pune Warriors at the DY Patil Stadium.
Mclaren was the only batsman to offer any sort of resistant’s as the Warriors stunned the Kings XI with a scintillating bowling display which left the visitors 9-4.
Faced with relatively low run chase the Warriors got off to a poor start losing Graeme Smith from the first delivery of their reply after the South African tamely chipped a delivery from Praveen Kumar into the hands of Ryan McClaren at extra cover.
Despite the early loss Jessie Ryder and Muthun Manhas remained focused and built a trouble free 2nd wicket partnership of 60 which put the home side in control.
Although Manhas (35) and Ryder (31) departed within the space of 5 deliveries the Warriors were never troubled thanks to Robin Uthappa (22) and Yuvraj Singh (21) who steered the home side home.
Having won the toss the Kings XI decided to bat first but thanks to mixture of good bowling and poor shot selection the visitors were left in a tail spin as they crashed to a score of just 112-8.
The Kings XI would have been in a far worse position had it not been for McLaren who smashed 6 fours and 1 six to help give the visitors bowling a reasonable total to defend.
The Warriors got their first ever IPL match off to a stunning start thanks to Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh who both picked up 2 wickets a piece to leave the Kings XI 9-4 after just 3.3 overs.
Thomas struck first for the Warriors with just the 4th delivery of the match to remove Kings XI skipper Adam Gilchrist before Shaun Marsh (1) was dismissed by Wagh in the next over after he was caught by Rahul Sharma at short fine leg.
Paul Valthaty (6) soon followed after he was caught by Jessie Ryder at point off the bowling of Thomas much to the dismay of the Kings XI bench who couldn’t quite believe what was happening out on the field.
Amazingly it got worst as Wagh returned in the 4th over to remove Dinesh Karthik who was caught by Sharma at third man to leave the visitors 9-4 and the Warriors in dream land.
To their credit Sunny Singh and Abhishek Nayar offered some resistant’s during a 27 run 5 wicket partnership but any hopes of a recovery quickly disappeared when Singh (12) was dismissed in almost comical fashion.
Having played a delivery from Ryder towards mid on, Singh attempted to take a quick single only to be turned down by Nayar. Instead of running back down the wicket Singh amazingly started to argue with his partner.
With Singh stranded in the middle of the wicket, Robin Uthappa had all the time in the world to take the bails off to leave the Kings XI in big trouble with the score only 36-5.
Despite the loss, Nayar and Ryan McLaren added 10 valuable runs before things got worse for the visitors when Nayar looped a floated delivery from Ryder into the hands of Yuvraj Singh at backward point who took the simplest of catches.
McLaren and new partner Piyush Chawla (15) offered some hope for the visitors with a 7th wicket stand of 35 but just when it looked like the pair could steer the Kings XI to a reasonable total Chawla was dismissed by Wagh.
Despite the loss McLaren remained calm at the crease to lead the Kings XI to a total their bowlers might feel is defendable after the visitors slipped to just 9-4.