Having suffered their sixth defeat in eight games, the chances of Kings XI Punjab chief coach Sanjay Bangar knows only too well that the campaign for last year's finalists are all but over and he is now hoping for a "miracle" to get into the last-four stage.
Chennai Super Kings thrashed Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin of 97 runs here on Saturday, extracting a sweet revenge for a string of three losses to them in the last season of the Indian Premier League.
In one of the most pulsating 'Super Over' contests, a first in this edition of Indian Premier League cricket tournament, Kings XI Punjab edged out Rajasthan Royals to hand them their first defeat after five straight wins.
Kings XI Punjab, aiming for their maiden IPL title after reaching the final last season, began training on Friday in the absence of their World Cup winning stars Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson, who will arrive here in time for their opening game on April 10.
Captain Steven Smith continued his dream run by notching up his fourth century of the series as Australia piled up a mammoth 572 for seven declared to put themselves firmly in the driver's seat in the fourth and final cricket Test against India here on Wendesday.
Batting great Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday felt India squandered another opportunity to be in a commanding position after being bowled out for 408 on day two of the second cricket Test against Australia in Brisbane today.
Joining a select group that was last represented more than a decade ago, two brothers will play alongside each other in the same Australia test side after Shaun and Mitchell Marsh were named to face India on Tuesday.