Luke Wright bowled the 20th over. He was the star with the bat. The first couple of deliveries resulted in couple of singles. The third was hit over long-off for a six by Miller. Two runs came off the fourth ball. And the fifth ball was a six. What a finish. Incredible heist.
KXIP 170/3 | Overs 19 | Mandeep 76*, Miller 65*
Miller hit Dinda for two boundaries off first two deliveries. Then he conceded three singles. And a two off the last ball. Sharma was sloppy at the third-man. Punjab need 16 off the final over.
KXIP 157/3 | Overs 18 | Mandeep 73*, Miller 55*
Mandeep just looked to do too many things.Bhuvneshwar bowled great lengths. The yorker length didn’t go for runs. Only eight runs conceded. Two overs and 29 to get.
KXIP 149/3 | Overs 17 | Mandeep 66*, Miller 54*
Dinda has given just eight runs. Punjab couldn’t get the big hits. Dinda is bowling a very good length. Punjab need 37 off three overs.
KXIP 141/3 | Overs 16 | Mandeep 62*, Miller 50*
Miller keeps Punjab in the chase. A much needed six comes over extra-cover. Luke Wright is conceding runs. Miller gets to his fifty off 29 deliveries. Very important innings. What a different Miller’s selection has made. Punjab need 45 off four overs.
KXIP 121/3 | Overs 15 | Mandeep 58*, Miller 42*
Only eight runs conceded off Bhuvneshwar’s over. Mandeep hit the fifth ball over mid-wicket for a four. Punjab need 57 off five overs.
KXIP 121/3 | Overs 14 | Mandeep 52*, Miller 40*
Mandeep becomes first Punjab batsman to get to a fifty. Punjab are showing urgency at Mohali. Miller pulled Sharma through mid-wicket. Tend runs come off Sharma’s third over. Punjab need 65 off six overs.
KXIP 111/3 | Overs 13 | Mandeep 48*, Miller 34*
Mandeep plays a ramp shot past short fine-leg for a boundary. The next delivery was in the blockhole which was fielded by short third-man. Sharma had a shy at the stumps and an overthrow was conceded. Dinda wasn’t amused one bit. Nine off that over.
KXIP 102/3 | Overs 12 | Mandeep 43*, Miller 31*
Mendis has been hit for a six over long-on and then a short ball was dispatched behind point. Excellent hitting from Miller. Punjab might sneak the game if MIller bats till the 20th over.
KXIP 90/3 | Overs 11 | Mandeep 42*, Miller 20*
Luke Wright the star with the bat comes on to bowl. Miller hit him for a cover drive which went for a boundary. Miller was almost run out. He touched and ran. Wright failed to hit the stumps.
KXIP 83/3 | Overs 10 | Mandeep 40*, Miller 15*
Yuvraj is bowling slow. Miller has taken on Yuvraj. A six over long-on gives Punjab hope. Miller is looking good. Elevan runs came off Yuvraj’s second over.
KXIP 72/3 | Overs 9 | Mandeep 38*, Miller 6*
Sharma gives away seven runs. Mandeep is looking comfortable. He has to guide Punjab from here. With David Hussey yet to come, Punjab will be looking to save wickets.
KXIP 65/3 | Overs 8 | Mandeep 32*, Miller 5*
Mendis concedes only six off his comeback over. Pune looking for wickets. Punjab looking to ensure Pune do not run away with this.
KXIP 59/3 | Overs 7 | Mandeep 30*, Miller 1*
Vohra has thrown away his wicket. It was a reckless slog which he missed. Yuvraj breaks Mandeep-Vohra’s alliance of 50. Pune are on top now.
KXIP 55/2 | Overs 6 | Mandeep 29*, M Vohra 20*
Rahul Sharma, Pune’s most economical bowler goes for 11 off his first over. He has been attacked by Mandeep and Vohra. Punjab are looking confident now.
KXIP 44/2 | Overs 5 | Mandeep 23*, M Vohra 15*
Vohra starts the over with a wristy flick for a boundary. Mandeep-Vohra now have added 33 off 29. Punjab are making a move towards the target.
KXIP 36/2 | Overs 4 | Mandeep 23*, M Vohra 8*
Punjab are deciphering the Ajantha Mendis code. Mandeep has scored couple of boundaries off Mendis. A late cut past slip and the hit past square leg gets Punjab’s score an impetus.
KXIP 26/2 | Overs 3 | Mandeep 14*, M Vohra 7*
Mandeep has got a move on. Three twos in that over and an exquisite cover drive gets him boundary. Elevan runs off Bhuvneshwar’s second over.
KXIP 15/2 | Overs 2 | Mandeep 3*, M Vohra 7*
Ajantha Mendis gets a wicket off his first ball for Pune Warriors India. Mahmood played down the wrong line and that brought about his downfall. A couple of streaky shots gets Punjab a three and a boundary past first slip.
KXIP 5/1 | Overs 1 | Mandeep 0*, Mahmood 0*
Bhuvneshwar drops the second ball short and Adam Gilchrist hits him over square leg. Gilchrist then falls going for a impetuous shot outside off stump. What a horrendous IPL it has been for Gilchrist. This is a match Gilchrist would like to forget. He dropped Finch when he was batting on one.
PWI 185/4 | Overs 20 | Smith 6*, Nayar 2*
Wright falls after scoring 34 off 10 deliveries. Mahmood concedes only six off the final over. Finch, Yuvraj and Wright were stars with the bat. Punjab need 186 to win. Join us in 10 minutes
PWI 179/3 | Overs 19 | Smith 3*, Wright 34*
Luke Wright is putting pressure on Punjab. Wright hit first six deliveries of his innings for boundaries. And he got a six in this over. NIne balls and Wright has scored 34 runs. What hitting.
PWI 159/3 | Overs 18 | Smith 3*, Wright 16*
Azhar Mahmood gets a big wicket of Yuvraj. This could make a difference of 10-15 runs in the final analysis. Luke Wright hits the first four balls of his innings for boundaries. Clean hitting. What a selection from Pune.
PWI 142/2 | Overs 17 | Yuvraj 34*, Smith 2*
Awana is bowling length to Yuvraj. It is a recipe for disaster with Yuvraj in full flow. The short ball landed over mid-wicket and the length ball off the fourth ball was hit straight and it hit the sight screen. Awana concedes 14 off this over.
PWI 128/2 | Overs 16 | Yuvraj 21*, Smith 2*
Finch falls just at the right time as far as Punjab are concerned. Finch tried to cut Gony for a six but sweeper cover catches it. Just four off Gony’s over.
PWI 124/1 | Overs 15 | Finch 65* , Yuvraj 19*
Finch is taking on Punjab’s bowling. He smashed Praveen Kumar over covers after giving himself some room. How costly is the drop from Adam Gilchrist going to be? Finch was on one. Eight runs came off the 15th over.
PWI 116/1 | Overs 14 | Finch 59* , Yuvraj 18*
Yuvraj smashes Chawla behind square leg for a six. The googly was spotted early by Yuvraj. Another googly off the fianl ball of the over was hit past point. Yuvraj is making merry.
PWI 103/1 | Overs 13 | Finch 57* , Yuvraj 7*
Finch, the Pune captain scores a half-century on his captaincy debut. He gets to the milestone with a six over mid-wicket. Gony over compensated by bowling the next delivery short which was hit to square leg for a boundary. Pune are attacking.
PWI 91/1 | Overs 12 | Finch 46* , Yuvraj 6*
Yuvraj Singh gets going with a cut past backward point. Chawla has just let the pressure slip away. Pune have set a solid foundation for the final assault. Eight runs off that over.
PWI 83/1 | Overs 11 | Finch 44* , Yuvraj 0*
Awana gets Robin Uthappa. He beats Pune opener for pace. Uthappa went for a cut and lost his wicket. Punjab get on the board.
PWI 77/0 | Overs 10 | Uthappa 31*, Finch 44*
Half way stage and Pune have scored 77 without losing a wicket. Chawla bowled a short delivery to Finch which he dispatched to the cover boundary.
PWI 68/0 | Overs 9 | Uthappa 26*, Finch 39*
Gony has erred in his length off the fifth ball. A short ball which Finch nonchalantly cuts for a boundary. Punjab are bowling well but one-two loose balls are spoiling the party. Seven off that over.
PWI 61/0 | Overs 8 | Uthappa 25*, Finch 34*
Spin introduced at Mohali. Chawla bowls a quiet over. A four run over pegs back things for Punjab but they need wickets. Pune openers have set a solid base.
PWI 57/0 | Overs 7 | Uthappa 23*, Finch 32*
Manpreet Gony is bowling back of the length deliveries. Punjab miss Finch’s run out. Uthappa smashes Gony for a straight boundary to give impetus to the falling run rate.
PWI 48/0 | Overs 6 | Uthappa 19*, Finch 27*
Kumar concedes only a solitary run in the over. Punjab peg back things just a little bit. Pune get 48 off the Powerplay overs. Punjab need wickets quickly.
PWI 47/0 | Overs 5 | Uthappa 19*, Finch 27*
Awana conceded 10 runs in this over. Pune are taking their chances and it is paying off. Uthappa dances down the track off the final delivery and the ball flew off the edge towards third-man.
PWI 37/0 | Overs 4 | Uthappa 9*, Finch 27*
Mahmood bowled a poor delivery to Finch — a short delivery and not too much of pace. Finch helped himself to yet another four. How much is the dropped catch going to cost Punjab?
PWI 28/0 | Overs 3 | Uthappa 7*, Finch 20*
Parvinder Awana comes onto bowl the third over. He is generating a lot of pace. But the final delivery was a succor ball for Finch. A short arm jab gets him a four.
PWI 20/0 | Overs 2 | Uthappa 7*, Finch 12*
Adam Gilchrist has dropped a sitter. It was exactly the kind of catch which he dropped at Adelaide in 2008 and he retired. Aaron Finch got a life. Azhar Mahmood is getting lot of lateral movement. The fourth and the fifth balls were pitched up. And Finch hit them for a six over long-on and a four over mid-off.
PWI 9/0 | Overs 1 | Uthappa 7*, Finch 1*
Robin Uthappa opens with Pune’s latest captain Aaron Finch. Praveen Kumar is the opening bowler for Punjab. The fifth ball was initially strayed on the leg side. It was called wide. The legitimate delivery was wide outside off stump which Uthappa hit over the in-field. Pune off to a good start.
Kings XI Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist has won the toss and they will bowl. Punjab have dropped Paul Valthaty and Dimitri Mascarenhas. They have got Parvinder Awana and David Miller in the playing XI.
Pune Warriors India have a new captain. Aaron Finch will lead the Pune side. Angelo Mathews and Mitchell Marsh are dropped. Ajantha Mendis and Luke Wright replace them.
Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, David Hussey, David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh, Azhar Mahmood, Manpreet Gony, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Parvinder Awana.
Pune Warriors India : Robin Uthappa (wk), Aaron Finch (c), Luke Wright , Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajantha Mendis, Rahul Sharma. Ashok Dinda.
Good evening and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the 29th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 between Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors India at the PCA Stadium, Mohali.
This is Sarang Bhalerao and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of the match.
The Kings have lost their previous game against Sunrisers Hyderabad they have played so far and would be desperate to get two points of the tournament. Pune too had a shocking defeat at home when Amit Mishra ran through them and picked up the hat-trick.