Kings XI Punjab and Northern Knights CLT20 Match 13: Shivam Sharma to Replace Johnson; Preview, Prediction

shivamToday’s evening match 13 of CLT20 2014 will be  between Kings XI Punjab and Northern Knights at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali at 8 pm IST.

The CLT20 has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the Oppo CLT20 has approved Shivam Sharma as a replacement player for Mitchell Johnson in the Kings XI Punjab squad for the tournament.

Mitchell Johnson was replaced due to a rib injury he sustained during Australia’s tri-series tournament in Zimbabwe, after which recent medical tests were done and reports were received.

The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

Where to Watch/ Live streaming Information:

Match 13 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.

The free livestreaming online of the second match can accessed on StarsportsHERE. Those in the UK and Europe can see it on Eurosport, while they can watch it online through a live stream HERE.

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 clickHERE, 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 onlineHERE.

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. – Rest of the World

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Despite not playing to their potential – as skipper George Bailey admitted on the eve of the match, Kings XI Punjab have two wins under their belt from two outings. A victory against the Northern Knights will only enhance their chances of progressing to the semi-finals. Where KXIP steamrolled opponents for a major part of IPL 2014, the story has been slightly different in the two matches in the Oppo CLT20 2014. The fifties column is yet to tick over from zero, indicating there have been contributions all-round and not one batsman has stamped his authority yet. The bowling department, sans Mitchell Johnson, has done a reasonable job, with Parvinder Awana and Thisara Perera emerging as the team’s highest wicket-takers.

The Northern Knights cruised through the pre-tournament Qualifiers, beating each of their three opponents convincingly, and carried that form into their opening match of the tournament proper when they posted 206 and defeated Cape Cobras in a rain-curtailed match. However, their juggernaut came to a rude halt when the Hobart Hurricanes inflicted on them an 86-run defeat. The Kiwi side has had a three-day break since that disastrous outing, giving them an opportunity to reflect and address what went wrong in that match. There is no doubt that the Knights will be hurting after that defeat. With the race for the two semi-final spots getting competitive in Group B, expect them to come out all guns blazing.

The team Kings XI Punjab fielded in their earlier two matches had eight internationals. T20 is a format such that one individual, one performance or one moment can change the course of the match. There have been plenty of occasions when one player has run away with a game. Kings XI Punjab have three such batsmen – in Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller- capable of running away with the match single-handedly. The KXIP bowling attack certainly lacks sting, and might not be a daunting force it could be, in the absence of Mitchell Johnson. However, they have bowlers who can keep things steady and pile up the pressure on the opposition batsmen.

Numbers best illustrate the Northern Knights’ journey in the Oppo CLT20 2014. The opening pair of Kane Williamson and Anton Devcich have contributed nearly 53 percent of the team’s runs in the competition and will be expected to set a platform at the top yet again. Among the others, skipper Daniel Flynn and BJ Walting have had a couple of decent hits, and will be expected to contribute with the bat.

On the bowling front, Trent Boult and Tim Southee – possibly the best new-ball pair in the competition – have made life difficult for opposition batsmen. They have 14 scalps between them, picking up a wicket every 13 balls. (Source:

Prediction: Kings XI Punjab may win owing to home ground superiority.


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

Northern Knights: Daniel Flynn (C), Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Brad Wilson, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling (W), Graeme Aldridge, Anton Devcich, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Daniel Harris, Scott Styris, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner

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