Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 07 April 2012 - 06:00pm IST
Preview: Match 8 – PWI v KXIP
Warriors to host Gilchrist and co. in their new home
Pune Warriors India, who opened their IPL 2012 campaign with a convincing victory over the Mumbai Indians, play host for the first time this season when they take on the Adam Gilchrist-led Kings XI Punjab. Gilchrist’s men went down by 31 runs in their opening fixture against the Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur, and they will want to return to winning ways quickly.
Sunday, April 8, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy was impressive in PWI’s opening game. The experienced pro got his combination right and made the best use of his resources while defending a modest total. Robin Uthappa too looked in good touch with the bat and was sharp with his glovework behind the stumps. The Warriors will hope he can convert his starts into big scores, just like he did for Karnataka in the domestic Twenty20 competition last year.
Also, keep an eye on Ashok Dinda, who had a spectacular domestic cricket season. The Bengal lad bagged a four-wicket haul against the Rajasthan Royals and he will want to carry his wicket-taking form through IPL 2012.
In the Kings XI Punjab line-up, look out for Adam Gilchrist who looked good in his brief stay at the crease in the opening fixture – despite that being his first competitive match in twelve months. David Hussey, the leading run-getter in Twenty20 cricket, and Praveen Kumar had ordinary outings in the match against RR. With their experience, expect them to come back stronger this time around.
Pune Warriors India and Kings XI Punjab met twice in IPL 2011, and the former emerged victors on both occasions. In the first meeting at the DY Patil Stadium, PWI humbled their opponents by 7 wickets, while the second time they chased down the target of 120 by losing only five wickets in the process.
The Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune will become the 25th venue to play host to an IPL match.
Adam Gilchrist holds the record for hitting most boundaries in the IPL; the southpaw has hit a total of 263 boundaries (180 fours and 83 sixes) in 61 IPL matches.
Adam Gilchrist is the only wicketkeeper to have effected 50 dismissals in the IPL.
Both teams will enjoy a three-day break before Sourav Ganguly and co. travel to Mohali for their return game against Kings XI Punjab on April 12.