Vastavam Web: Last year with a poor performance Punjab team stood last in the points list.This year in the very first match it won with 6 wickets difference over the stronger team of Rising Pune supergiants. It entered the ground with a target of 164 runs.Captain Maxwell did 44 runs and in 19 overs Punjab reached the target with ease(164 for 4). Rising supergiants which got easy victory over Mumbai stumbled in the second match opener Rahane(19 )who is in the super form along with captain Steve Smith (26) went to pavilion in the beginning itself.
Rahane tried to hit a shot towards cover in Natraj’s bowling and gave catch to stayinis. In Stayinis’s bowling Smith became out by giving catch to Manan Vohraki. Former Captain Dhoni (5 ,11 balls )who looked under severe pressure gave catch to the bowler Swapnik Patil himself. With this Pune in 20 overs scored 163 runs for 6 wickets.Punjab bowlers Sandeep Sharma took 2 wickets, Akshar Patel, Natarajan, Stayinis and Swapnik took 1 wicket each.