Kings XI Punjab will go head to head against Hobart Hurricanes in their first match of the CL T20. Hobart Hurricanes is the domestic Australian side in the tournament , and on paper looks a far weaker side compared to Kings 11 Punjab. The match will start at 8pm on 18th September at Mohali, the home ground for the Kings XI team.
KINGS XI Punjab: The team looked solid in the IPL and the heartening point was the contribution of the domestic players . The team will bank on the combo of Manan Vohra and Virender Sehwag to give them a good start and then it will be the explosive duo of Maxwell and Miller to take it from there . And if something is left, the onus will fall on captain Bailey. Wicket keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha also showed his class in the final of the IPL earlier this year and cannot be under estimated.
The team also has good all rounders in Akshar Patel and Rishi Dhawan, and having lost Johnson due to injury, this might well be a blessing in disguise for the team. This might well give Thisera Perera a go , who is good with both bat and ball. He can bowl some good death overs and can use the long handle to good effect. Bowling department will be in the hand of local players with Sandeep Sharma expected to open the bowling. He was exceptional in the first half of the Ipl but soon faded away. He will be supported by Balaji, Awana and Rishi Dhawan in the pace bowling and Akshar Patel and Anureet Singh in the spin department. All in all they look a strong side.
Hobart Hurricames: The team does have some International experience in their side and the main factor will be how well they can adjust to the Indian situation. They have got a quality pace bowling attack but the conditions might well not favour them. Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger and Ben laughlin , all have got International experience and are decent with the ball . Xavier Doherty will take the responsibility of the spin department and he needs to be more attacking. As the leader of the pack, he can’t afford to chip in with just few economical overs but need to take some wickets in the middle of the innings.
Batting does have some fire power with hard hitters like Travis Birt, Aiden Blizzard up there. Shoaib Malik is the one lone non- Australian in the side and will be needed to provide stability to the middle order. Tim paine , the wicket keeper batsman will be leading the side and he showed some decent class , the last time he came to India wearing Australian cap.
Kings XI looks a far better side and the match looks to be 65-35 in their favour .