Mohali, Sep 17: After their best-ever show at IPL 7, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their aggressive brand of cricket when they start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 here tomorrow. (MUST Watch - 101-metre SIX from Dhoni)
Riding on their power-packed batting line-up, Kings XI took IPL 7 by storm before finishing runners-up and George Bailey's men will look to continue their dominating show in their CLT20 debut. (Also read: Johnson ruled out)
Kings XI depend on Australian players Bailey and Glenn Maxwell. Paceman Mitchell Johnson's absence will be a huge void for Kings XI to fill. Coached by former India player Sanjay Banger, the Punjab team has some explosive batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, David Miller, besides Indian players Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vora and Rishi Dhawan.
However, Punjab's bowling unit seems to lack teeth as there is still uncertainty over the participation of strike bowler Johnson, who is yet to get a clearance from Cricket Australia. Apart from Johnson, Kings XI have some good bowlers in Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera who, in the possible absence of Johnson, will have to step up their performance at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Hobart Hurricanes, a team from Australia, on the other hand, are banking on their IPL players to do well in the Champions League T20. "It is our first time here as a club and as a team, to be on the world stage and championship like this is wonderful for everybody," Hurricanes coach Damien Wright said.
"We have got some very good experienced players who have been in the IPL and played international cricket. It's always nice to come to big tournaments and big competitions with experienced players. We have got lot of guys who played the IPL, played for Australia," he said.
Kings XI Punjab (India): George Bailey (captain), Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Anureet Singh, Parvinder Awana. Coach: Sanjay Bangar
Hobart Hurricanes (Australia): Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), Jon Wells, Evan Gulbis, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dom Michael, Sam Rainbird, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Ben Laughlin, Ben Dunk, Shoaib Malik. Coach: Damien Wright
Match starts 8 PM IST
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