Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors Highlights, IPL 5 12th April 2012. KXIP VS PW cricket highlights IPL season 5. Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab Highlights IPL 5 2012 at Mohali. Indian Premier League Cricket Highlights 2012 Match 14.
Steven Smith, the spin-bowling Australian allrounder, is proving really capable as a finisher for the Warriors, with scores of 39 and 25. His innings against Kings XI featured three massive sixes in the final few overs. Since his blistering century last season which launched him in the IPL, Paul Valthaty is under pressure to keep his place at the top, with scores of 13 and 1. He also had a quiet Ranji Trophy season for Himachal Pradesh, scoring 120 runs in five first-class games.
Kings XI’s Shaun Marsh is one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL, with 12 fifty-plus scores in just 29 innings while scoring at a strike-rate of 140.77. Sourav Ganguly is yet to fire in this edition, but his IPL record isn’t the worst, with 1104 runs in 46 games at a strike-rate of 108.66. Not bad for a 39-year old.
The Warriors, following a dry debut season last year, have now become one of the teams to watch after winning both their opening games. The bowlers have combined well in both games, particularly so in their first match against Mumbai Indians where they defended 129. If they are to make one change, Tamim Iqbal, the in-form Bangladesh opener, could replace either Jesse Ryder or Callum Ferguson.
With two defeats in as many games, Kings XI Punjab are under pressure to get a foothold in this IPL edition, though it’s still early days. Their batsmen haven’t fired, and the bowlers have conceded 191 and 166, which proved too much in the end for their batsmen to chase. Their opponents at home tomorrow are Pune Warriors, familiar faces considering they played each other on Sunday.
Kings XI will hope to mobilse some home support to get their campaign going. If they are to retain their batting line-up, they could promote David Hussey from No.5 to give Adam Gilchrist more support. They will wait on the fitness of the left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh, who missed the last game due to injury.
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IP Punjab vs IP Pune, 14th match
April 12, 2012, IPL 2012, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Umpires: V Kulkarni (IND) and S Tarapore (IND) Third Umpire: B Bowden (NZ)
Match Referee: R Madugalle (SL)
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