King XI Punjab beat Pune by 7 wkts
Mohali: England`s Dimitri Mascarenhas notched up a sensational five-wicket haul while Shaun Marsh hit a classy fifty as Kings XI Punjab brought their campaign back on track with a seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors in an IPL match here on Thursday.
Sent into bat, the Warriors were dismissed for a modest 115 in 19 overs, courtesy a deadly spell by Mascarenhas who claimed five wickets for 25 and was well-supported by Harmeet Singh (2/23) and Piyush Chawla (1/23).
Mascarenhas picked up the wickets of Sourav Ganguly (16), Marlon Samuels (2), Robin Uthappa (17), Mithun Manhas (31) and Rahul Sharma (2) after hosts Punjab won the toss and inserted the visitors.
The hosts then returned to overhaul the target with 14 balls to spare with Marsh hitting an unbeaten 64 off 54 balls studded with seven fours and one six. Skipper Adam Gilchrist (21) and Chawla (21) were the other notable contributors.
With this win, Punjab avenged their first leg defeat to the Warriors at Pune and also spanned their two-match losing streak, where they had also lost to Rajasthan Royals.
Punjab began their run chase on a faulty note when hero of last year`s edition, Paul Valthaty was removed of the very first ball by pacer Ashok Dinda, who has looked impressive this season.
After the initial blow, skipper Gilchrist along with his Aussie compatriot Marsh, who made a comeback in this game after injury, tried to steady the innings. However, Gilchrist fall at the end of eight overs when Anjelo Mathews had him caught by Steven Smith.