James Fiztpatrick | cricket20
The Pune Warriors will be looking to complete their second victory in this years IPL after restricting fellow new boys the Kochi Tuskers Kerala to a total of 148-8.
The visitors got off to a disastrous start losing 4 quick wickets inside the first 5 overs before Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja gave the Tuskers hope with a 5th wicket stand of 88 after they had been reduced to 24-4.
The pair started off slowly before building the foundations of a vital recovery which will at least give the Tuskers bowlers a total which might be defendable.
Jadeja led the way smashing 3 fours and 3 sixes while his senior partner took his time scoring 39 runs from 36 deliveries before he was caught by Murali Kartik out on the boundary to gibe Ishant Sharma his first wicket of the night.
Jadeja (47) quickly followed 5 deliveries later when he top edged a delivery from Jessie Ryder through to Parnell at mid off who took a simple catch to leave the visitors deep in trouble.
It got worst before it got better for the Tuskers when Vinay Kumar was run out at the end of the next over after a mix up with Raiphi Gomez which left both batsman stranded at the non-strikers end.
Having run out his teammate Gomez (26) smashed 22 runs from the final 2 overs to help the Tuskers reach a reasonable total which their bowlers might be able to defend.
The Tuskers innings got off to a disastrous start when Brendon McCullum edged the first delivery of the game bowled by Alfonso Thomas through to wicket keeper Robin Uthappa.
VVS Laxman (0) and Mahela Jayawardene (2) quickly followed in the third over before South African Wayne Parnell returned to pick up his 3rd wicket of the innings when Parthiv Patel was caught by Greame Smith at first slip.