Mohali, Sep 25: Their confidence on a high following back-to-back wins, Kings XI Punjab would definitely start as overwhelming favourites against Northern Knights in a Group B match of the Champions League T20, here tomorrow.
Kings XI are presently at the second position in Group B with two wins from as many games. Hobart Hurricanes are leading the group with two wins from three matches while the Knights are in the third position after registering one victory and as many loss.
Kings XI hold a 100 per cent record in their home turf so far, winning both of their opening games against Hobart Hurricanes and Barbados Tridents with relatively consummate ease. In their previous game against Barbados, David Miller smashed a 34-ball 46 under pressure and Parvinder Awana scalped three wickets to register a four-wicket victory for Kings XI.
Despite Barbados posting a challenging 174 for six, the Punjab outfit managed to hold on to its nerves to ensure a positive result. Led by Australian George Bailey, Kings XI has a solid batting line-up with the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vohra, Thisara Perera up its rank.
But Sehwag has been struggling up front and would be desperate to turn it around sooner than later. On the bowling front, Sri Lankan import Perera has been impressive so far in the tournament as he has been not only among wickets but also maintaining a good economy rate.
Young Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Awana and Anureet Singh too have shown they can deliver on the big stage. Kings XI coach coach Sanjay Bangar, however, feels there is still scope for improvement for his side.
"I just feel there is scope for lot of improvement. I believe that our players need to challenge their own levels. It's good to have two wins, but I feel there is still scope for improvement," Bangar told PTI.
Kings XI Punjab: 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
Northern Knights: Daniel Flynn (captain), Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Brad Wilson, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Graeme Aldridge, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Harris, Scott Styris, Trent Boult, Daniel Vettori. Coach: James Pamment
Match starts 8 PM IST. Also playing on Friday at 4 PM IST Cape Cobras Vs Barbados Tridents
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