After a good start to their Champions League Twenty20 campaign with a win over Hobart Hurricanes, Kings XI Punjab won again against Barbados Tridents on Saturday. Catch all the highlights here (Scorecard):
23:32 (IST): The losing skipper Emrit is gracious in defeat but admits they could have won it.
"I thought with two overs to go, we should have had it with 26 runs to defend. Ravi is our most experienced bowler. Another day he will get it right, but it didn't happen today. We had spoken among the kinds of lengths we needed to bowl," he said.
Bailey was all smiles as he praised the team for consistently chasing big socres.
"Long may our chasing record continue. We get off to great starts. Once again we did that and we're thereabouts with the run rate. For a guy like Akshay to come in and hit his first 9 balls for 26 runs is extraordinary. It's a beautiful batting wicket. I was proud of the way we bowled today," he beamed.
Miller is proud of the way he played and gave credit to Akshar for the support.
"Only towards the end did I hit one out of the ground. Akshar made it easy and took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I was lucky up front, getting a few chances, but once I'm in I back myself to hit the boundaries. It's a see-ball-hit-ball type mentality. We've got some great spinners and some quicks. Perera is showing some strength for the team. He can clear the boundary and takes wickets as well," he said.
23:13 (IST): It's all over and Punjab have won the game by 4 wickets. Miller hits 46 not out.
23:06 (IST): Rampaul's last over goes for 20 runs and Punjab need just 5. Punjab 170/6 in 19 overs, Target: 175.
22:56 (IST): Miller goes high and handsome to hit a huge six. Punjab 141/6 in 17 overs, Target: 175.
22:53 (IST): WICKET! Perera gone for a duck. Punjab 131/6 in 16.3 overs, Target: 175.
22:51 (IST): WICKET! Mendis strikes again to remove Bailey for 7. Punjab 127/5 in 15.5 overs, Target: 175.
22:38 (IST): WICKET! Mendis traps Sehwag in front for 31. Punjab 103/5 in 11.5 overs, Target: 175.
22:31 (IST): WICKET! Maxwell is gone for 16 and the onus now on Sehwag. Punjab 95/3 in 10 overs, Target: 175.
22:21 (IST): WICKET! Saha falls for 14 and Maxwell joins Sehwag out in the middle. Punjab 76/2 in 8 overs, Target: 175.
22:11 (IST): Sehwag showing signs of his old self as he hits some attacking shots. Punjab 59/1 in 6 overs.
22:03 (IST): WICKET! Vohra departs after scoring a quick 27 off 19 balls, Punjab 41/1 in 3.4 overs, Target: 175.
21:55 (IST): Vohra and Sehwag have gotten Punjab off to a flying start and the runs are beginning to flow. Punjab 36/0 in 3 overs, Target: 175.
21:45 (IST): A good first over for Punjab and they get the start they were looking for. Punjab 9/0 in 1 over, Target: 175.
21:42 (IST): Sehwag comes out to open the innings and Punjab would want him to start off well.
21:23 (IST): Reifer finishes off with 60 not out and Awana ends with figures of 3/46. Barbados end up getting 174/6 and Punjab face a stiff chase in Mohali.
21:15 (IST): WICKET! Holder goes for 12 as Miller latches on to a catch in the deep. Barbados 159/6 in 19.1 overs.
21:13 (IST): Reifer gets his fifty as Barbados look for big finish. Barbados 157/5 in 18.4 overs.
21:04 (IST): WICKET! Chigumbura is gone for 10 as Perera gets rid of him. Barbados 131/5 in 16.2 overs.
20:57 (IST): WICKET! Franklin (10) is unable to clear Awana and Perera has a wicket. Barbados 124/4 in 14.4 overs.
20:46 (IST): WICKET! Carter departs for 20 trying to go for a big one. Barbados 106/3 in 12.1 overs.
20:38 (IST): Barbados are well poised to get a good total considering their position at the half-way stage. Barbados 87/2 in 10 overs.
20:27 (IST): One over turns everything around. Awana gets Perkins off the first ball and removes Munaweera for 50 off the last delivery. Barbados 61/2 in 6 overs.
20:11 (IST): Munaweera and Perkins making good use of the fielding restrictions as they consistently find the boundary. Barbados 34/0 in 3 overs.
20:04 (IST): Barbados off to a good start with 10 runs off the first over. Barbados 10/0 in 1 over.
19:54 (IST): Here the teams for today's match:
Barbados: WKD Perkins (wicketkeeper), EMDY Munaweera, RA Reifer, JL Carter, JEC Franklin, E Chigumbura, JO Holder, BMAJ Mendis, AR Nurse, RR Emrit*, R Rampaul
Punjab: V Sehwag, M Vohra, WP Saha (wicketkeeper), DA Miller, GJ Maxwell, GJ Bailey*, NLTC Perera, AR Patel, Karanveer Singh, P Awana, Anureet Singh
19:45 (IST): Punjab are playing an unchanged team from their last game against Hobart.
19:35 (IST): Bailey has won the toss and Punjab will field first yet again. Barbados are quite happy by having to bat.
BETTER THINGS TO COME
Kings XI Punjab captain heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell and Thisara Perera after the five-wicket win against Hobart Hurricanes at Mohali and promised his team will get better in the Champions League T20.
Bailey lauded the effort put by Kings bowlers, especially medium pacer Anureet Singh.
About the pitch, Bailey said, the Mohali track is a "beautiful batting wicket, absolutely".
He said that there was not much dew and "it certainly felt like the ball was coming on nicely."
When asked if the decision to bowl first had anything to do with the fact that KXIP has emerged as a good chasing side, Bailey opined that such decisions are set by lot of things and pointed out "it doesn't really matter what you do, as long as you do the first one really well, that's what we did." (Read: Kings XI Punjab Will Only Get Better in CLT20, Warns George Bailey)
DEBUT WIN FOR PUNJAB
A cracking knock from Glenn Maxwell helped Kings XI Punjab overcome a poor start to their chase and win the battle of first-timers against Hobart Hurricanes by five wickets in the Champions League T20.
Kings were reduced to 51 for four in their chase of 145 before Maxwell hammered 43 runs off 25 balls to turn things around for the home team.
Thereafter, captain George Bailey (34 runs of 27 balls) and Thisara Perera (35 off 20) shared a blistering 69-run stand to make short work of the target in 17.4 overs.
Hurricanes, who made their tournament debut alongside Kings, recovered to make 144 for six after Bailey won the toss and decided to put the opposition in.
Kings had a disastrous start to their chase with Virender Sehwag caught at third man off the bowling of Doug Bollinger (2/30) on the very first ball of the innings.
The hosts, studded with international stars, were expected to chase down the target easily but the Hurricanes bowlers dashed that expectation by making the opposition batsmen uncomfortable through sheer pace.
Wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha (11) joined Manan Vohra at the crease after Sehwag's failure. He could not negotiate the serious pace for long and scooped a simple catch to Shoaib Malik at mid-on.
Ben Hilfenhaus (1/30) was equally effective from the other end and took the important wicket of David Miller (0) to leave Kings reeling at 23 for three in the fourth over. The left-handed batsman from South Africa went for the big shot straight away only to be caught at mid-off.
Soon after Vohra's lacklustre innings came to an end, making it 51 for four in 7.3 overs.
Kings' hopes were now pinned on their dangerous overseas player Maxwell and he did not disappoint. He instantly made his presence felt in the middle by hammering fellow Australian Bollinger for a straight six.
Maxwell, one of the stars of IPL 7, went on to smash four boundaries and another maximum in his blazing knock.
The Kings camp knew they would be home if the 'big show' stayed on a little longer. His sudden departure however tilted the game in favour of Hurricanes again.
Maxwell attempted to whack another one out of the park over mid-wicket but ended up edging it to the wicketkeeper off medium pacer Evon Gulbis.
The hosts still needed 68 runs off 54 balls. It was down toÂ skipper Bailey and Perera to get their team over the line and the experienced pair eventually managed to do that with little difficulty. Their 69-run partnership came off just 41 balls. (Read: Kings XI Punjab Win Battle of First-Timers vs Hobart Hurricanes)
CROWD SUPPORT LACKING
Despite home team featuring in the opening tie, crowds at the PCA stadium were sparse in the CLT20 match played between Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes in Mohali.
As the game began in the evening, crowds at the 28,000 capacity stadium were thin and even towards the end the attendance was not close to half the mark. Several rows of seats in many stands were empty.
Another bunch of youngsters who had come to watch the tie said they were excited to watch a new team, Hurricanes in action here for the first time. (Read: Sparse Crowd Response in Kings XI Punjab's First Game at Mohali)