Parnell lifts Pune's spirits
Neil Manthorp - SuperSport
Pune - A brilliant spell of bowling from Wayne Parnell and a captain's innings from Yuvraj Singh helped the Pune Warriors to a five-wicket consolation victory against the King's XI Punjab in their IPL match at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Sunday.
Parnell claimed 2-12 from his four overs as the King's XI crashed from 50-1 to 119-8 in their 20 overs and Yuvraj ensured there was no doubt about the conclusion with a scintillating 35 from 15 balls with five fours and two sixes as the game was concluded with 17 balls to spare.
The Warriors reached 120-5 in just 17.1 overs.
A promising top order start by the King's XI, in which Paul Valthaty (23) and Shaun Marsh who top scored with 32 from 28 balls with three fours and a six, never produced the results it promised.
Dinesh Karthik made 30 from 27 balls but all three batsmen laid a foundation without being able to accelerate when necessary.
Bhuveshnar Kumar produced a brilliant new ball spell to take 2-14 in three overs for the Warriors and Rahul Sharma was no less effective with 2-17 in four overs.
Pune Warriors have endured a wretched maiden tournament and are firmly entrenched at the foot of the table but the King's XI still had an outside chance of claiming a semifinal place - until they lost this game.
Kings XI Punjab: AC Gilchrist (capt & wk), PC Valthaty, SE Marsh, KD Karthik, Mandeep Singh, DJ Hussey, SJ Srivastava, SD Chitnis, P Kumar, RJ Harris, BA Bhatt
Pune Warriors: JD Ryder, MK Pandey, AA Jhunjhunwala, RV Uthappa (wk), Yuvraj Singh (capt), CJ Ferguson, MR Marsh, SB Wagh, R Sharma, WD Parnell, B Kumar