IPL 2013: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings – Live IPL Score
Kings XI Punjab are known to be slow-starters. No wonder it has taken them six years to win their opening match and what a convincing win it was against Pune Warriors the other night.
Going into the second game – their first home match of season six – the confidence level is obviously high. But they run into a team, who despite losing their first game, are the side to beat.
Yes, they take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday night at the PCA stadium in a battle of Kings.
CSK are bound to come hard at the home team after the opening round jolt given by Mumbai Indians. Their coach Stephen Fleming has already read the riot act and told the top order to pull up their socks.
The KXIP think-tank is happy that their domestic players have hit form first up. Be it the bowlers Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla or batsmen Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra or fielder Gurkeerat Singh.
Singh took an amazing, acrobatic catch to dismiss Ross Taylor in Pune. It was their combined effort which enabled KXIP to blow PWI away.
The home team would be hoping for a consistent effort from these lads to supplement the effort of foreign players who are yet to hit the straps. David Hussey is one of them. Having been snubbed by the Aussie selectors he has a point or two to prove.
Adam Gilchrist, in the few balls he faced, showed he has lost none of this magical touch. Azhar Mahmood is a hardened veteran who can change the game with either bat or ball.
Then we have Shaun Marsh and Ryan Harris. On paper, the team looks formidable and their first major test this season, against CSK, will show how far they have come.
The MS Dhoni-led side has ruled in T20 format with two titles plus the CL crown to boot. So, after their opening reverse, their players are bound to be charged up to get on the points table. They have quality players who will get going sooner than later.