The Indian Premier League team, Kings XI Punjab started their CLT20 campaign with a win over Hobart but wasn’t a convencing for them as they struggled to chase a normal total but the lights of Maxwell, Perera and Bailey helped them to survive.
After winning the toss, KXIP put thier opposition in to bat. As their plan, the Hobart failed to score quickly as they 2 down for 43 after 8 overs. But some contributions from Blizzard, Brit and Wells who got past 25s helped Hobart to 144. At a stage they looked to score 160 with their batsmen scoring 56 in the duration between 13th & 17th over but last 3 overs yielded them just 16 runs. Perera who made his debut for KXIP picked up two crucial wickets.
It wasn’t a great start for Punjab as their premier opener, Sehwag tried to start in his over fashion but ended up hitting straight into hands of third man. Saha & Vohra looked to take it away easily but Hobart weren’t leaving that easy as they struck twice to send back Saha and Miller for duck. Soon Vohra followed them miscuing a pull shot. But Maxwell at other end continued in his fashion as he played a brisk knock of 43 off 24 which helped in context of the game but was got out at 77 as 5th wicket. But a steady innings from Captain Bailey & Perera took the game from Hurricanes’ hands as they put on a unbeaten stand of 69 off just 41 balls, finishing the game with 14 balls to spare.
Hobart Hurricanes: 144 for 6 in 20.0 overs (JW Wells 28, TR Brit 28; NLTC Perera 2/17, AR Patel 1/20) by 5 wickets
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