Kings XI Punjab 116-3 (Marsh 64no) beat
Pune Warriors 115 (Mascarenhas 5-25) by 7 wickets
Indian Premier League, Mohali
Dimitri Mascarenhas snared a five-wicket haul and Shaun Marsh stroked an unbeaten half-century as the Kings XI Punjab got off the mark in the Indian Premier League 2012.
They bowled the Pune Warriors out for a modest 115 and then closed on 116 for three in 17.4 overs as Marsh finished on 64 not out in 54 balls.
Mascarenhas' effort of five for 25 was the tenth best analysis in Indian Premier League history and his spell had the Pune batsmen in all sorts of trouble.
No such worries for Marsh, whose welcome return to form came at the right time for Adam Gilchrist's side.
Mascarenhas had Sourav Ganguly caught via a leading edge for 16, bowled Marlon Samuels for two, had Robin Uthappa caught in the deep for 17, bowled Mithun Manhas for 31 and then had Raul Sharma caught by Mandeep Singh for two.
Manhas, who hit three fours and a six, top scored for Pune as Harmeet Singh took a brace of wickets and Piyush Chawla the other to fall, bowling Steven Smith for 13.
Paul Valthaty then failed to negotiate the first ball of the reply and was bowled by Ashok Dinda, but the Kings XI were not about to be denied.
Gilchrist thumped 21 in 17 balls, putting on 50 in 7.5 overs with compatriot Marsh, who struck seven fours and one six in his innings.
Gilchrist fell when he was caught by Smith off Angelo Mathews and although Mandeep came and went quickly for ten, Chawla provided excellent support for Marsh, hitting an unbeaten 21 in 24 balls as the Kings XI side reached their target with plenty to spare.
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