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Adam Gilchrist gives credit to bowlers and Marsh

Rejoicing at his team's first win in the IPL this season, Kings XI Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist credited his bowlers for the seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors on Thursday. Dimitri Mascarenhas, who took five wickets, and prolific run getter Shaun Marsh, who struck unbeaten 64, were the heroes of Punjab's first win of the season.

'Dimitri was spot on and challenged the batsmen all the time. He put the ball in the right spot and was really well supported by the whole bowling unit,' Gilchrist said in the post-match news conference on Thursday.

Punjab, chasing a modest 116 for victory, tasted their first win after two consecutive losses. English pacer Mascarenhas became the first bowler for Punjab to take five wickets in the IPL. He was supported well by Harmeet Bansal and Piyush Chawla, who also earned two and one scalp respectively. Medium pacers Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana also bowled a tight line but remained wicketless.

Gilchrist heaped praise on his Aussie compatriot Marsh, saying he is a prolific run getter. 'It is wonderful to see him back in action. He missed the last game because of back strain and now he is back with full fitness. He is such a beautiful player, most successful batsman in the IPL history, if you take whole lot of things into account,' the skipper said.
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