x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Yuvraj pays tribute to his Warriors

Pune Warriors ended their seven-match losing streak in the IPL, beating fellow strugglers Kings XI Punjab by five wickets at Mohali last night.

Pune Warriors ended their seven-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League, beating fellow strugglers Kings XI Punjab by five wickets at Mohali.

The bowlers stole the first-innings show as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wayne Parnell, Rahul Sharma and Mitchell Marsh grabbed two wickets each, leaving Paul Valthaty (23), Shaun Marsh (32) and Dinesh Karthik (30) to steer Punjab to 119.

The Warriors knocked off the winning runs with some disciplined batting from Manish Pandey (28), Robin Uthappa (22) and Yuvraj Singh (35) that brought victory in 17.1 overs.

"When I look at my team I can't imagine how we lost so many games with that talent. We just haven't clicked," Yuvraj, the captain, said in a television interview after the game.

"We had energy on the field and didn't allow their batsmen to get away, 120 was a great bowling effort. The pitch was dry underneath and it was nice to get them to 120."

Pune took more than an over to score with the bat, before Jesse Ryder (15) and Pandey forged a partnership of 32.

The New Zealander fell to Bhargav Bhatt, though the Warriors held their grip thanks to another 30-plus stand, this time between Pandey and Uthappa.

Punjab got rid of the duo around the halfway mark, but Yuvraj hit five fours and two sixes in his 15-ball 35 - even though Shalabh Srivastava dismissed him and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala - to set up the win.

Adam Gilchrist, the Kings XI captain who was out for three, said: "We didn't build enough partnerships. I don't think we were sure of how hard to go; we just took the wrong options."

* Compiled by The National staff with agencies