Champions League Twenty20, 13th Match, Group B: Kings XI Punjab Vs Northern Knights Live Scores at Mohali, Sep 26, 2014
Teams: Kings XI Punjab Vs Northern Knights
Venu: Played at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Time: Match scheduled to begin at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT)
Last Five Matches
Kings XI PunjabW W L W L (most recent first, completed matches only)
Northern KnightsL W W W W
Preview : Thisara Perera didn't get to play a single game for Kings XI in the IPL, but he's grabbed the opportunity afforded by the absence of Mitchell Johnson. Perera picked up four wickets in two matches with his medium-pace, conceding under six runs an over in both matches, and his unbeaten 35 was instrumental in the five-wicket win over Hurricanes. In a team with an inexperienced bowling attack and a batting line-up that can have the odd hiccup thanks to its strategy of going hard at the bowling right through the innings, he performs a valuable function.On the slow pitches in Raipur, the slow-medium offcutters of Scott Styris, allied to a nagging stump-to-stump like, were virtually un-hittable. Mohali offers much truer pace and bounce, and it remains to be seen how he will adjust, particularly against a batting line-up of such unrelenting aggression.So far, Group B hasn't had a runaway leader, unlike Kolkata Knight Riders, who have already qualified for the semi-finals from Group A with three wins in a row. Kings XI Punjab, however, could match that on their home ground if they beat a vulnerable-looking Northern Knights side. Were the reverse to happen, three teams will be tied for the group lead with eight points each.After four wins in a row to start their campaign, Knights' weaknesses - hidden till then by the rampaging form of their openers - were ruthlessly exposed by Hobart Hurricanes in an 86-run mauling on Tuesday, with the middle order, brought to the crease early for the first time in the tournament, crumbling under scoreboard pressure.From Knights' perspective, Kings XI Punjab are perhaps the ideal bowling attack to go up against after such a dispiriting batting failure. While Anureet Singh and Parvinder Awana were impressive in restricting Hurricanes to 144, the same pair of seamers went for plenty against Barbados Tridents. With injury robbing their attack of Mitchell Johnson's pace and Sandeep Sharma's new-ball swing, Kings XI's bowling is inconsistent at best and suspect at worst.Still, their batsmen are capable of posting totals beyond anyone else's reach and chasing down pretty much any target. Knights' bowling, which slipped up badly - and quite literally, considering how heavy the dew was - against Hurricanes after a superb start with the new ball, will face probably their stiffest test when they come up against Kings XI. They will need to exert a lot of control if Knights are to achieve what no other non-IPL side has done in the group stage of this tournament, beating an IPL side.
Northern Knights have a couple of players on the verge of landmarks. Scott Styris will play his 200th T20 game - the first New Zealander to reach the landmark - and Tim Southee his 100th.
Glenn Maxwell needs 67 runs to reach 2000 in T20 cricket