Kings XI Punjab and Hobart Hurricanes will clash in their maiden match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali today, Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Oppo Champions League T20 2014, the second match of the Champions League T20 2014 at 8 pm IST.
Where to Watch Live/ Online Live Streaming Info:
Match 2 of the CLT20 2014 will begin at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) with live coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 (in Hindi) and Star Sports HD1 in India while the live telecast will be available in Pakistan on PTV.
For cricket fans in the US, ESPN will provide live telecast while the option for live streaming is available HERE. Those in Canada can watch the match on Sportsnet or online HERE. Middle East and North Africa viewers can click HERE, while the match will be available live online in South Africa and Sub Saharan region HERE. Rest of the world fans can access the game online HERE.
List of TV Channels worldwide:
1. SKY TV – New Zealand
2. Star Cricket — Southeast Asia
3. Astro – Malaysia
4. Star Sports – South Asia
5. Gazi TV – Bangladesh
6. PTV – Pakistan
7. OSN – Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region
8. Supersport – Sub Saharan Africa
9. Eurosport – UK & Europe
10. ESPN – USA, Caribbean & South America
11. Sportsnet – Canada
12. www.starsports.com – Rest of the World
KXIP topped the table during the IPL 2014 till the final stage when they were bowed out by the Kolkata Knight Riders and the team of Preity Zinta from Punjab will be keen to take one extra run to win home the winner’s trophy this time. The Hobart Hurricanes of Australia will be keen to win another trophy to join the trend of Australian teams doing well in the CLT20 as New South Wales Blues won the title in 2009, while Sydney Sixers emerged champions in 2012.
Kings XI depends on its Australian players Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson forming the core to defeat the Hobart today, with their coach Sanjay Banger proud of some explosive batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, David Miller, besides Wriddhiman Saha, Manan Vora and Rishi Dhawan.
But Punjab’s bowling department seems to be lagging behind still as strike bowler Johnson is still awaiting clearance from home Cricket Australia. Otherwise, Kings XI have some good bowlers in Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera who should fill the gap of Johnson, at their home ground today.
Johnson, who picked up 17 wickets in 14 matches in IPL 7 is a key player the Punjab team is desperately looking forward to this time too. Bangar said: “We are still waiting for his clearance. Whether he is available or not, we still have a group of individuals who are capable of executing the role that is being given to them… It will be good if he is available, but we are ready to cope with the eventuality of his non-availablity.”
Hobart Hurricanes coach Damien Wright said: “It is our first time here as a club and as a team, to be on the world stage and championship like this is wonderful for everybody. We have got some very good experienced players who have been in the IPL and played international cricket. It’s always nice to come to big tournaments and big competitions with experienced players.”
Kings XI Punjab batting line-up with Glenn Maxwell, who made an impact on the IPL 2014 scoring 300 runs in the first leg of the tournament in Dubai at a mind-boggling strike-rate of 201, will be expected to take up the cudgels again. He has an excellent aide in David Miller, who is an equally destructive player.
With Virender Sehwag in the mix, and KXIP can showcase its three batsmen who can demolish and demoralize even the best bowling attacks. Minus Mitchell Johnson, who reported pain in his ribs and yet to return, the pressure will be on Lakshmipathy Balaji, Parvinder Awana and young Akshar Patel to pick up wickets and make the opposition batsmen crave for their runs.
Bowling is the Hobart Hurricanes’ stronger point with established performers like Ben Hilfenhaus, Doug Bollinger, Ben Laughlin and Xavier Doherty. On the batting front, opener Ben Dunk, skipper Tim Paine and batsman Travis Birt will decide the fate early into the match while Shoaib Malik and Aiden Blizzard will take the score high as they play.
Prediction: Kings XI Punjab stands chance to hold the fort on home ground unless Hobart Hurricanes unleash real power to uproot opponents at Mohali today.
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey (C), Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Anureet Singh, Parvinder Awana, Shivam Sharma.
Hobart Hurricans: Tim Paine (C) (W), Jonathan Wells, Evan Gulbis, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dominic Michael, Sam Rainbird, Travis Birt, Doug Bollinger, Aiden Blizzard, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Ben Laughlin, Ben Dunk, Shoaib Malik.