PWI vs KXIP Live Score IPL 6 29th Match - Pune v Punjab Scorecard
Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist won the toss and put Pune Warriors India in to bat at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
Pune made quite a few changes - dropping skipper Angelo Mathews and Mitchell Marsh while Ajantha Mendis and Luke Wright come in their place. Aaron Finch in the new Pune skipper. Yuvraj Singh also returns while Mithun Manhas plays his first game this season. T Suman and Manish Pandey have been dropped. For Punjab, Paul Valthaty and Dimitri Mascarenhas sit out and Parvinder Awana, David Miller return.
Both Pune and Punjab boast of decent bowling attacks and it is the batting department which is lacking either side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Angelo Mathews, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma and Mitchell Marsh are all in fine form for the side from Maharashtra.
On the other hand, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Azhar Mahmood, Manpreet Gony and Dimitri Mascarenhas bowled well as a unit for Punjab.
While Pune's batting seems complete on paper but clicking in tandem is what is hampering their success. Aaron Finch and Robin Uthappa were magnificent in one match but the latter has failed to be consistent. Steve Smith, Mathews and Marsh, all are more than capable with the willow in hand but will have to fire as a team.
Going by the form and strength on paper, Punjab's batting looks mediocre to say the least. Heavy reliance on Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey is not doing them any good. They badly need Mahmood to fire (35 runs in four innings till now). Piyush Chawla and Manpreet Gony looked decent T20 batsmen when they hit out but young Mandeep Singh/Manan Vohra/Gurkeerat Singh need to step up for their side.