George Bailey and his men put on a good show against Hobart Hurricanes to start their campaign on a winning note in the tournament. Catch all the highlights here (SCORECARD):
23:30 (IST): "Didn't get off to a good start with the bat. With the ball we gave it a good crack," said Tim Paine. George Bailey was impressed by his team's performance and did not hide his glee.
"A terrific innings from Maxwell and Perera there, it takes some courage to come out when your team is in a bit of trouble and go for your shots. I think Hobart have a very nice team, they lost today but they can challenge. Anureet Singh didn't get much of a chance in the IPL with a broken thumb, he was outstanding with the ball, that one over at the death. We slotted back in really quickly, not our best game with the bat but we will get better," he said.
23:28 (IST): Man of the Match Thisara Perera is pleased with his effort.
"I'm really happy to be back in the side, last year I had international duties so I couldn't play much. Everyone expect me to bowl (well), then the batting," he said.
23:01 (IST): And that's it! Perera (35*) and Bailey (34*) put on an unbroken stand of 65 to guide Punjab to a five-wicket win in Mohali.
22:51 (IST): Hobart bowlers seem to have run out of answers as the batsmen are looking to wrap it up quickly. Punjab 135/5 in 17 overs, Target: 145.
22:39 (IST): Perera and Bailey keep Punjab in the hunt despite the loss of Maxwell.Â Punjab 112/5 in 14 overs, Target: 145.
22:30 (IST): WICKET!Â Maxwell is gone for a quick 43 and Hobart tighten the web around Punjab. Punjab 77/5 in 10.5 overs, Target: 145.
22:16 (IST): WICKET! Vohra departs for 18. Hobart begin to tighten the screws. Punjab 51/4 in 7.3 overs, Target: 145.
22:12 (IST): Maxwell, Vohra looking to rebuild the Punjab innings. Punjab 49/3 in 7 overs, Target: 145.
22:00 (IST): WICKET! Miller goes for a golden duck as he hits Hilfenhaus to Boyce at mid-off. Punjab 23/3 in 3.5 overs, Target: 145.
21:52 (IST): WICKET! Saha falls for 11 as Hobart look for quick wickets in the powerplay overs. Punjab 21/2 in 3 overs, Target: 145.
21:43 (IST): WICKET! Sehwag tries to hit a big one first ball and finds the fielder. Bollinger gives Hobart an early wicket. Punjab 0/1 in 0.1 overs, Target: 145.
21:38 (IST): 145 may not be an imposing target but Punjab know they cannot afford to take Hobart lightly.
21:25 (IST): So that is the end of the innings. Hobart finish at 144/6 as Thisara Perera leads the bowling with 2/17. Travis Birt and Jonathan Wells scored 28 each.
21:12 (IST): WICKET! A horrible mix-up results in Wells being run out and Punjab are back in the game. Hobart 130/5 in 17.4 overs.
21:07 (IST): Birt and Wells are unleashing a flurry of attacking shots as Punjab bowlers begin to lose control in the death overs. Hobart 128/4 in 17 overs.
20:56 (IST): The match poised at an interesting position as Hobart are 91/4 in 14 overs.
20:52 (IST): WICKET! Shoaib Malik departs as he hits Karanveer straight to Bailey. Hobart 78/4 in 12.3 overs.
20:47 (IST): WICKET! Blizzard falls after playing a good cameo. Hobart 71/3 in 11.2 overs.
20:33 (IST): WICKET! Dunk perishes as he tries to clear the field. Maxwell takes a nice catch and Punjab get a crucial wicket at an important stage in the match. Hobart 43/2 in 8 overs.
20:25 (IST): Hobart not getting an explosive start in the powerplay overs though Dunk is showing some intent to go for the big shots. Hobart 30/1 in 6 overs.
20:17 (IST): WICKET! Akshar Patel gets the breakthrough as the arm-ball slides through Paine's defence. The batsman had no clue to that delivery. Hobart 15/1 in 4.2 overs.
20:02 (IST): Anureet Singh starts the proceedings and it's a very economical over for Punjab. Hobart 4/0 in 1 over.
19:54 (IST): Ashish Nehra had a good outing with the ball in the match against Kolkata, but that did not improve his mood as he looks back at a career that has been plagued with injuries. (Read: People Have Always Overreacted to my Injuries, Says a Bitter Ashish Nehra)
19:46 (IST): Here are the playing XIs for this match as both teams look to start the tournament on a winning note:
Hobart Hurricanes:Â Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), Ben Dunk, Aiden Blizzard, Shoaib Malik, Travis Birt, Jonathan Wells, Evan Gulbis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Cameron Boyce, Ben Laughlin, Doug Bollinger
Kings XI Punjab:Â Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey (captain), Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh
19:39 (IST): George Bailey calls correctly and Punjab will be bowling first in Mohali
LOOKING FOR GOOD START
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.
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.
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. (Read: Kings XI Punjab Look to Silence Hobart Hurricanes)
MITCHELL JOHNSON TO MISS OUT
Cricket Australia has advised that Mitchell Johnson will not immediately join the Kings XI Punjab in India at the Champions League Twenty20 due to a rib injury. The Aussie pacer has in recent times terrorised batsmen with his pace and aggression.
"As such he has had a break from bowling since returning to Australia and having regular treatment to resolve the problem. He has not fully recovered as yet and will be reviewed over the next week."
CA's Executive General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said: "Due to medical advice Mitch has not been released to play in the CLT20 tournament at this time. A decision on his release to play for the Kings XI will depend on how he responds to treatment." (Read: Kings XI Punjab to Miss Mitchell Johnson Indefinitely)
The Kings XI Punjab are out to prove that their performance in the IPL was no flash in the pan when they compete in the CLT20. They are looking forward to the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 challenge with skipper George Bailey today saying that the side is focused and well prepared for the games ahead.
When asked if the CLT20 tournament would be a fresh start for the team after it put up its best ever performance in the IPL reaching the finals, Bailey, said, "It is a new start, we take the good things out of IPL, what we learnt as a team and hopefully how much we grew, but I think we focus on the games ahead, it is very much a fresh start."
With KXIP hoping to break the IPL jinx of not winning the title, Bailey said, "It was a good IPL, but it wasn't the IPL that we wanted (not winning the title), so there's still a plenty of room for improvement." (Read: Kings XI Punjab Looking Forward to Challenge, Says George Bailey)
HOW SRK CELEBRATED KKR'S VICTORY
Shah Rukh Khan was overjoyed at the way Kolkata Knight Riders came back to win their game against Chennai Super Kings and he celebrated by taking to twitter in his on dynamic way.
I am beginning to dance for more reasons than one. SLAM...HNY & my boys from KKR... pic.twitter.com/2MFGIE9GHb- Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 17, 2014
Andre Russell smashed a breathtaking half-century while Ryan ten Doeschate struck a fine unbeaten 51 to guide IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings.
Chasing a competitive 158 for a win, KKR were in trouble after slumping to 51 for five inside 10 overs.
Yay KKR KKR KKR....u make me happy. Keep on doing what we so best. Live yout team. Big hug from Houston. pic.twitter.com/vMX6m1Iar5- Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 17, 2014
However, Russell (58 off 25) and ten Doeschate shared match-winning 80 runs for the sixth wicket off just 42 balls to keep KKR afloat. After Russell's dismissal, ten Doeshchate took the onus on himself to guide KKR home and managed to achieve that with six balls to spare. (Read: Andre Russell, Ryan ten Doeschate Ensure Winning Start for Kolkata Knight Riders)
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR SACHIN TENDULKARSachin Tendulkar fives batting tips to Ajinkya Rahane as Praveen Amre looks on.
Another honour was bestowed on batting legend Sachin Tendulkar as he was feted bt BJP president at a gala ceremony in Mumbai on Wednesday. (Read: Sachin Tendulkar Gets Lifetime Achievement Award from BJP President Amit Shah)