Mumbai: Debutants Pune Warriors commenced their Indian Premier League campaign with a resounding seven-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab at their home venue - the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai here on Sunday.

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The Pune outfit owned by Sahara and led by India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh dished out a clinical all-round display to surge to a convincing win with 6.5 overs to spare.

They first restricted Kings XI to 112 for eight, after having left the visitors tottering at 45 for six, and then chased the target with a degree off comfort on the bouncy track.

The run-chase was put on course by a 60-run second wicket stand between Jesse Ryder (31 off 17 balls) and Mithun Manhas (35 in 32 balls) after a first-ball dismissal of Graeme Smith.

Then Robin Uthappa (22 not out in 14 balls) and Yuvraj (21 not out in 15 balls) put on an unbroken stand of 45 runs for the fourth wicket to complete the job in style, both clobbering sixes towards the end to entertain the crowd.

The Punjab outfit would meet last year's winners Chennai Super Kings at home in Mohali on April 13 and on the same day Pune Warriors will clash against the other new franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala here.

Earlier, a double strike each by Pune's opening bowlers Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh left Punjab staggering at nine for four within the first four overs.

The top four batsmen, including former Australian great Gilchrist, were packed off cheaply by South African Thomas and Wagh and only a late charge by another South African, Ryan McLaren who made a half century, propelled Punjab past the century mark.

All-rounder McLaren made an unbeaten 51 in 43 balls with six fours and a six after coming in at number seven, besides putting on 35 runs in 52 balls with fellow left-hander Piyush Chawla (15), who was the second-highest scorer.

For Pune, 22-year-old Vidarbha left arm seamer Wagh finished with impressive figures of three for 16 while 34-year-old Cape Town-born Thomas picked up two for 27.

Pune started the run-chase on a dismal note by losing opener Smith in the first ball. The South African captain drove Praveen Kumar's first ball straight into the hands of short cover fielder McLaren.

But any hopes of a collapse like Punjab's did not happen as Ryder and Manhas batted in a forthright manner to put on 60 runs for the second wicket in 46 balls to put their side well on way to the victory target.

 

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Sahara Pune Warriors: Yuvraj Singh (Captain), Manish Pandey, Graeme Smith, Robin Uthappa (wk), Jesse Ryder, Mithun Manhas, Nathan McCullum, Murali Kartik, Wayne Parnell, Kamran Khan, Rahul Sharma/Harpreet Singh

Kings XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist (Captain), Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Karthik (wk), David Hussey, Nayar, Chitnis, Yadav, Malik, Praveen Kumar, Chawla, Harris