Chandigarh: Batting first, Hobart Hurricanes posted a total of 144/6 against Kings XI Punjab in the second match of the Champions League Twenty20.
Kings XI Punjab innings:-
Over 17.4 || 146/5
Gulbis to bowl his third over. Third ball was pitched short and Bailey pulled it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. 3 needed from 15 now. Bailey made room for himself off the next ball and smashed it over cover for the winning runs! These two have also added unbeaten 69 runs for the sixth-wicket partnership. KXIP have comprehensively won the match by 5 wickets!
George Bailey 34* (27b), Thisara Perera 35* (20b)
Over 17 || 135/5
Laughlin to bowl his final over. Second ball was pitched fuller and Perera tonked it past midwicket for a one-bounce boundary. Ten runs from the over. 10 needed from 18.
Over 16 || 125/5
Gulbis to bowl his second over. Second delivery was pitched short and Perera smashed it past midwicket for a boundary. Six from the over, 20 needed from 24.
Over 15 || 119/5
Ben has been brought into the attack. Another gamble by Paine. It was proving to be an excellent over until the last ball which had room on offer and Bailey cut it past point for a boundary. 26 needed from 30 now.
Over 14 || 112/5
Laughlin into his third over. Seven from the over. KXIP are in a very comfortable position at the moment and it would need a special effort from the Hurricanes bowlers to tilt the match in their favour from here onwards.
Over 13 || 105/5
This partnership is looking dangerous and thus Bollinger has been called back to bowl his final over. Bailey moved across the stumps off the second ball and timed it well past fine leg for a boundary. Fifth ball was a fuller one and Perera launched it high towards long-on for a boundary.
Over 12 || Score 95/5
Boyce to bowl his third over. Perera got an edge off the third ball which rushed past the keeper for a boundary. Boyce followed it with an overpitched delivery and Perera launched it straight down the ground for a Six! Last ball was too short and Bailey punished it by smashing it past midwicket for another boundary. Very productive over for KXIP, 18 runs off it.
Over 11 || Score 77/5
Evan Gulbis has been brought into the attack. Maxwell charged down the wicket off the first ball and hit it over mid-off for a boundary! He gets the big fish, Maxwell is OUT! Gulbis pitched a short ball and Maxwell tried pulling it, but managed a top edge to the keeper. Thisara Perera is the new man in. Six from the over.
GJ Maxwell c Paine b Gulbis 43 (25b)
Over 10 || Score 71/4
Laughlin into his second over. Just five from the over.
Over 9 || Score 66/4
Joyce to continue. First ball was pitched full and Maxwell timed it extremely well over deep cover for a Six! Maxwell unleashed his reverse-sweep off the fourth ball and hit it past deep point for a boundary. 13 from the over. Maxwell is going for his lusty blows, at the same time batting sensibly and rotating the strike.
Over 8 || Score 53/4
Ben Laughlin has been brought into the attack. Third delivery was a short one and Vohra was taken aback by the bounce as he hit it straight to Hilfenhaus at mid-off. KXIP skipper George Bailey is the new man in. Economical first over for Laughlin.
M Vohra c Hilfenhaus b Laughlin 18 (21b)
Over 7 || Score 49/3
Cameron Boyce to bowl his first over. Five from the over.
Over 6 || Score 44/3
Ben into his third over as well. Second ball was fuller and Maxwell smashed it straight down the ground for a boundary. Third ball was fuller, Maxwell got a bottom edge and the ball rushed past fine leg for another boundary. Ten from the over. Good use of the powerplay by KXIP batsmen.
Over 5 || Score 34/3
Bollinger into his third over. Third ball was fuller, Maxwell shimmied down the track and hammered it for a flat six over long-off! Seven from the over.
Over 4 || Score 27/3
Ben to continue. Miller was surprised off the fourth ball where he mistimed a shot high in the air and was caught at cover. KXIP batsmen are in some sort of hurry at the moment. In walks Glenn Maxwell! Last ball was a short delivery and Vohra slapped it past square leg for a boundary.
DA Miller c Boyce b Hilfenhaus 0 (3b)
Over 3 || Score 21/2
Bollinger to continue. He started off with a back of a length delivery and Vohra timed it beautifully past point for a boundary. Saha was the next KXIP batsman to be dismissed as he skied one towards mid-on where Shoaib Malik held on to a good catch. Saha has thrown his wicket away. Suprise! David Miller walks in ahead of Glenn Maxwell.
WP Saha c Shoaib Malik b Bollinger 11 (9b)
Over 2 || Score 14/1
Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl from the other end. Saha was offered some width off the fourth ball and he played it past cover for a boundary. Saha edged the fifth ball towards the slips where he was dropped by the fielder at second slip! Eight runs from the over.
Over 1 || Score 6/1
Bollinger to bowl the first over. And he strikes first ball!! First ball was short and wide, Sehwag went after it and it sailed straight towards third man where Boyce took a clean catch. Wriddhiman Saha is the new man in. Vohra went after the last ball which had some width on offer, it landed towards third man for a boundary. Good start this for Hurricanes.
V Sehwag c Boyce b Bollinger 0 (1b)
obart Hurricanes innings:-
Over 20 || Score 144/6
Awana to bowl the final over. He started off with a full-toss on the leg side and Wells hit it towards deep square leg for a single. Second ball was full and wide and Birth drove it handsomely past cover for a boundary! Birt hit the third ball towards long-on for a single. Gulbis hit the fourth ball towards long-on for another single. Birt shuffled on the off-side and attempted a shot over short fine leg, didn't time it well as it handed into the hands of Akshar Patel. Gulbis took a single off the last ball. So the KXIP bowlers have done really well in the last five overs where they have conceded just 35 runs.
TR Birt c Karanveer Singh b Awana 28 (21b)
Over 19 || Score 136/5
Anureet to bowl his final over. It was a terrific penultimate over from Anureet who delivered five yorkers to the Hurricanes batsmen who were struggling to make any sort of room to free their arms.
Over 18 || Score 130/5
Patel to bowl his final over. Wells hit the fourth ball straight towards point and ran for a suicidal single and had to pay for it as he was short when he was sent back by Birt. Just two from the over.
JW Wells run out 28 (18b)
Over 17 || Score 128/4
Perera to bowl his third over. Third delivery was slightly overpitched and Wells cleared the fielder at mid-off for a boundary. Perera followed it with another length ball and Wells smashed it past mid-off for another boundary. 11 runs from the over. Hurricanes' run-rate has picked up in the last five overs.
Over 16 || Score 117/4
Wells was offered some room off the fourth ball and he cut it past the fielder at point for a boundary. Eight runs from the over. Hurricanes should be looking to score another 40 runs in the last four overs.
Over 15 || Score 109/4
Karanveer to bowl his third over. Birt smashed the first ball, a length delivery, straight down the ground for a huge Six! Fourth ball was pitched in Birt's radar as well and he slog-swept it over deep midwicket for another Six! 18 runs from the over and the Hurricanes desperately needs some more overs like that.
Over 14 || Score 91/4
Anureet to bowl his third over. Jonathan Wells is the new man in. Wells was offered width off the second ball and he smashed it over cover for a boundary. Wells drove the last ball past cover for another boundary. Ten runs from the over.
Over 13 || Score 81/4
Karanveer to bowl his second over. Malik was offered some width off the second ball and he played it fine past third man for a boundary! But just after playing that shot, Malik attempted a slog-sweep, which he hit straight to Bailey at short midwicket. Once again a set batsman has thrown his wicket away. Nine runs from the over. KXIP have a very strong batting unit and thus it's time for the Hurricanes batsmen to step up the gas.
Shoaib Malik c Bailey b Karanveer Singh 14 (14b)
Over 12 || Score 72/3
Perera has been reintroduced into the attack. Second ball was a short of a length delivery, Blizzard was looking to clear the off-side field but mistimed it straight to Awana at mid-off. Hurricanes continue to lose wickets at regular intervals. Travis Birt is the new man in.
AC Blizzard c Awana b Perera 27 (18b)
Over 11 || Score 71/2
Karanveer Singh has been brought into the attack. Blizzard charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and hit it flat over long-off for a Six! It's the first six of the match for the Hurricanes.
Over 10 || Score 60/2
Akshar Patel has been brought back into the attack. Blizzard charged down the wicket off the third ball, got a bottom edge which beat the keeper and rushed for a boundary. Eight runs from the over.
Over 9 || Score 52/2
Glenn Maxwell has been brought into the attack. Shoaib Malik is the new man in. Nine from the over.
Over 8 || Score 43/2
Thisara Perera has been brought into the attack. Five runs came off the first five balls, and with pressure building, Dunk advanced down the track and skied the ball towards wide of long-off where Maxwell held onto a good catch.
BR Dunk c Maxwell b Perera 26 (25b)
Over 7 || Score 38/1
Surprise, surprise! Sehwag has been brought into the attack. Dunk charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and hit it past the bowler for a boundary. Eight runs from the over. Bailey is probably experimenting too much with his bowlers.
Over 6 || Score 30/1
Awana to continue. Dunk was offered some room off the second ball and he hit it over covers for a boundary! Awana pitched fourth delivery short and Dunk pulled it past deep midwicket for another boundary! Dunk charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it straight down the ground for his third boundary of the over! Productive over for Hurricanes, 13 runs from it. Dunk is getting into his groove now.
Over 5 || Score 17/1
Akshar Patel has been brought into the attack. And he made an impact immediately as Paine was flummoxed by a delivery which did not spin and went on to hit the stumps! Two runs and a wicket for Patel in the first over.
TD Paine b Patel 11 (16b)
Over 4 || Score 15/0
Awana to continue. Just three runs from the over. These two openers will have to take some chances as it has been a very slow start.
Over 3 || Score 12/0
Anureet to continue. Paine was offered some width off the third ball and he slapped it over the fielder at covers for a boundary! Eight runs from the over. It has been a slow start for the Hurricanes.
Over 2 || Score 4/0
Parwinder Awana to bowl from the other end. Excellent start from Awana, just one run from his first over.
Over 1 || Score 4/0
Anureet Singh to bowl the first over. Decent start for KXIP, four runs from the first over.
OSS: George Bailey won the toss and he invited the Hurricanes to bat first.
Kings XI Punjab take on Hobart Hurricanes in the second match of the Champions League Twenty20 to be played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Kings XI Punjab had a dream run in IPL 2014. While Glenn Maxwell was the highlight of their squad with his swashbuckling play in the initial phase of the tournament, youngsters in the team contributed with significant performances throughout the season as a result of which they ended up being the runners-up after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.
KXIP boast of some of the finest Australian cricketers in Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson. David Miller is another integral part of the squad, as the South African has got his team to some superb finishes. Even though they don't have world class Indian players, Virender Sehwag is someone who is still a threat to the bowlers across the world. In the bowling department, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan won quite a few hearts with their consistency in IPL 2014 and the team management, would want coach Sanjay Bangar to guide the team towards another good show in a T20 tournament.
On the other hand, Hobart Hurricanes, who qualified for their first Champions League Twenty20 tournament, would be keen to prove a point as well. Tim Paine and Ben Dunk are two names which did exceptionally well for the Hurricanes in Big Bash League. They also have a renowned cricketer in Shoaib Malik, who can prove to be a handy all-rounder for them.
Hurricanes have a strong bowlilng attack with the likes of Doug Bollinger, Ben Hilfenhaus being a part of their squad. Xavier Doherty is a fine spinner in T20 format and they will be keen to prove that their success in the BBL wasn't a fluke.