Kings XI Punjab players are all set to start their preparations for the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a camp at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) International Stadium in Pune on Friday.
Pacer Sandeep Singh wreaked havoc at the top of the order while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh polished off the tail as Punjab beat Services by six wickets in a Vijay Hazare Trophy match here on Wednesday.
On a roll after making the semifinals, Kings XI Punjab would aim to keep the winning run going when they take on South Africa's Cape Cobras in a Group B encounter of the Oppo Champions League here on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab put up yet another dominating performance as they outclassed Northern Knights from New Zealand by a whopping 120 runs to enter the semi-finals in their maiden appearance in the Oppo Champions League T20, here tonight.
Chandigarh: Kings XI Punjab coach Sanjay Bangar says the focus of his side is to get the best out their players in the Champions League Twenty20 as they prepare to take on Hobart Hurricanes in a Group B match, here tomorrow.
Manan Vohra was the only Indian cricketer retained by Kings XI Punjab this season along with South African David Miller. Surprisingly, he didn`t get a chance to feature in the first nine matches that KXIP played. But once he got the golden opportunity, he grabbed it with both hands.
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey doled out a whole-hearted appreciation for a number of Indian players and coaching staff, who he says were vital in his team`s grand success in the just concluded seventh edition of the IPL.
Kings XI Punjab, who have played sensational cricket throughout the Indian Premier League`s seventh edition, will now face resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders in the final on Sunday at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
The team that has wrecked havoc this season is certainly none other than Kings XI Punjab. Even after retaining only two players – Manan Vohra and David Miller – after auction, Punjab ended up making a well balanced side. In fact, it was Sanjay Bangar, their new coach, who worked a lot to form this team.
In his very first outing of the season, Kings XI Punjab`s Manan Vohra showed no signs of nerves as he raced to a 20-ball 47, but the youngster revealed that he was a lot of pressure as he did not want to waste the opportunity.
Hosts Punjab frittered away the advantage of solid opening stand as they were all out for 270 as Karnataka captain R Vinay Kumar ran through the middle-order with a five-wicket haul in the Ranji Trophy semi-final here on Sunday.