Kings XI Punjab, playing their first match of the Pepsi IPL 2013 tournament, started off in grand style, routing Pune Warriors India by eight wickets at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune. KXIP managed to chase the small target of 100 runs after a wonderful effort by their bowlers restricted PWI to 99.
Chasing just 100 runs, Adam Gilchrist (15) got KXIP going with 14 runs of the very first over. He struck two boundaries and a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Angelo Matthews then had his counterpart, Gilchrist, caught at deep square leg. Ashok Dinda's second over was taken apart for 21 runs as IPL debutant, Manan Vohra (43*) hit him for four successive boundaries.
Vohra along with Mandeep Singh (31) put on 58 runs for the second wicket to set up the chase for KXIP. Mandeep was dropped on 22 by Dinda, but he couldn’t capitalise on it as Rahul Sharma dismantled the stumps behind him the next over. Vohra and David Hussey (8*) saw the team home with 46 balls remaining.
Earlier PWI won the toss and elected to bat. Praveen Kumar drew first blood bowling Manish Pandey for a duck. Yuvraj Singh who sat out due to a sore back was missed dearly. Under pressure from disciplined Punjab bowling, Tirumalasetti Suman (6) fell trying to break the shackles giving Azhar Mahmood his first wicket. Marlon Samuels (3) soon followed, run out courtesy of a brilliant throw by Mandeep Singh.
It only got worse as Robin Uthappa (19) had his stumps rearranged by Chawla and Parvinder Awana then had Angelo Matthews (4) caught behind leaving PWI in dire straight at 38 for 5 in 10 overs. Ross Taylor (15) joined the procession with Gurkeerat Singh pulling an absolute blinder of a catch in the deep. The collapse continued as Mitchell Marsh (15) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8) departed in the pursuit of runs. Abhishek Nayar (25*) helped PWI salvage some runs to reach 99 for 9 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Manan Vohra.
Brief Scores: Pune Warriors India 99 for 9 in 20.0 overs (Abhishek Nayar 25*, Azhar Mahmood 2-19) lost to Kings XI Punjab 100 for 2 in (Manan Vohra 43*, Angelo Mattthews 1-12) by 8 wickets.
99: Pune Warriors India’s total against Kings XI Punjab – their lowest ever in IPL. The previous lowest was 102 for 8 against Kolkata Knight Riders also at Pune in 2012.
46: The number of balls that were left when Kings XI Punjab won the match – their biggest win in IPL in terms of balls remaining. They had previously beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore with 26 balls to spare at Mohali in 2008.
11: Number of consecutive matches lost by Pune Warriors India – most by any side in IPL history.
8: The number of ducks made by Manish Pandey in the IPL – most for any batsman. He was earlier on level with Shane Warne, Parthiv Patel and Amit Mishra with seven ducks.
1: The first time ever Kings XI Punjab won their opening match in any edition of IPL.
Manan Vohra is Man of the Match. Vohra: "Very nervous before the start, butterflies in the stomach. The wicket went better during the course of the innings."
Gilchrist: "Excellent start, everything went right from the opening over, and the intensity stayed up till the last ball. Great catch by Gurkeerat. Every teams hopes to start like that. We know how important run rates are towards the end of the tournament. The boys adjusted to the conditions very well. Kings XI had never won their opening match, that is one hurdle we have got rid of now."
Mathews: "Can't really get any worse. Batting let us down again. We need to sort out our intent and attitude towards the first six overs, that sets up the entire line-up, can only get better from here. Pitch was up and down, and slow as well."