Pune Warriors India playing their debut match at their home ground. The team was made two changes, left out Wayne Parnell and Bhuvanesh kumar and replaced by Jesse Ryder and Ashish Nehra.
Pune won the toss and chose to bat first. An 81-run partnership for the third wicket between Robin Uthappa and Marlon Samuels set the base for Pune Warriors India to post 166 on an untested pitch in their new home, the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Some frenetic hitting by the lower middle-order provided some thrills for the home crowd, but the score could still test Kings XI Punjab, who stumbled chasing a larger target in their opening game.
Some circumspect running and good fielding by Kings XI put the pressure on the hosts at the start of the innings. Jesse Ryder, making his return to competitive cricket since announcing an indefinite break from cricket last year, looked a bit lost. The calling was dodgy, and it looked like a run-out was always around the corner after a few throws missed the stumps by a whisker. Ultimately, Ryder ended up being run-out but due to no fault of his own. Samuels dropped the ball wide of the bowler Praveen Kumar, called for the single, sent his partner back but Praveen's swift pick-up and throw was too good for Ryder.
Samuels was promoted to No.3, taking the spot left vacant by the South African Wayne Parnell. The West Indies batsman combined well with Uthappa to boost the scoring after Warriors were 43 for 2 after seven overs. The eighth over went for ten runs and the 10th, bowled by the left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma, went for 13.
With the more experienced Praveen and Dimitri Mascarenhas proving more difficult to score off with their restrictive stump-to-stump lines, also with the keeper up to the stumps, the pair took to Bipul. Both used their feet, clearing long-off for sixes, one of which just beat David Hussey's desperate leap at the edge of the rope. The duo also studied the field well, using the pace of the ball to fetch a couple of boundaries off deft touches to third man, with the fielder within the circle.
Uthappa fetched an audacious six, off one hand, over long-off but the bowler Harmeet Singh got the better of Samuels in the same over, bowling him off a slower delivery. Harmeet's following over yielded just a run and the wicket of Callum Ferguson, but his next was bitter-sweet. After bowling Uthappa with another slower delivery, Harmeet had to be taken out of the attack for bowling two full tosses above waist height. Bipul completed the over, which produced three massive hits over the on-side thanks to Manish Pandey and Steven Smith.
The 19th over produced 27 runs, lifting the team to a score just above par, but with the odd ball keeping low, Kings XI will need to chase well.
As Pune got enough runs on the board, Punjab are set to chase a target of 167 in 20 overs. However the opening pair looks confident with gilchrist - Valthaty duo. But they were failed once again to do their job for the team. A mis-understanding between the two pair first plucked Valthaty's wicket in a suicidal run out, in which Valthaty sacrificed his wicket to save Gilchrist's wicket. But it doesn't matter Gilchrist too returned back to the pavilion following Valthaty with another suicidal run out, which backs the teams strength under pressure with two early wickets and the rest were to do some magics as well as Chawla and Bipul Sharma played a sensitive knocks but it was all over for the Punjab as they fell too early wickets.
And finally it is a Pune Warriors India win in their home ground. Especially this is their debut match in their home ground, and no matter with Sourav Ganguly's Captaincy they have registered their debut match with a winning campaign.