Today’s Match Details – Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors
Match -14th DLF IPL T20, IPL5 2012
Date – April 12, 2012
Time – 8:00 pm i.e 14:30 GMT | 20:00 IST
Venue – Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Toss – Kings XI Punjab elected to field
Result – Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wickets
Pune tasted their first defeat in IPL 2012 as S Marsh and D Mascarenhas played exceptional cricket to give the much needed victory to Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2012.
Earlier in the 14th match of DLF IPL 2012, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first. The decision proved fruitful to KXIP as they got the first breakthrough when J Ryder was run out by Hussey. At 13/1 in 2.2 overs, Pune needed a partnership but superb bowling by D Mascarenhas never allowed any Pune batsmen to settle. He took 5 wickets and gave away just 25 runs in 4 overs. M Manhas was the top scorer for Pune with 31 runs but Pune batsmen never ever got into any good partnership and were eventually bowled out for 115 in 19 overs.
Chasing 116 to win and open the account in points tally, Kings XI Punjab lost P Valthaty on the very first ball of the innings but A Gilchrist and S Marsh then played sensible cricket and took the score to 50 before Gilchrist got out. The duo added 50 runs for the second wicket partnership and laid a solid platform for the coming batsmen. The fall of Gilchrist lowered the run rate but the required rate was still manageable. M Singh got out after scoring jut 10 runs leaving KXIP at 70/3 in 11.4 overs. 46 more runs were needed in 50 balls and it looked like an easy victory for KXIP. Shaun Marsh played brilliant cricket and stood firm on one end. His brilliant 64 off 54 balls helped KXIP register their first win and that too convincingly by 7 wickets.