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CLT20: Uphill task for Cape Cobras to stop Punjab's juggernaut

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 match.

Press Trust of India |September 28, 2014, 5:52 AM IST
CLT20: Uphill task for Cape Cobras to stop Punjab's juggernaut

Mohali: 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 Champions League here on Sunday.

Failing to win this year's IPL after going down to Kolkata Knight Riders in the finals, the KXIP clearly look hungry for the CLT20 title.

On Friday, the Punjab side, which has carved out a reputation for itself for being good at chasing, scored a mountain of runs batting first against the Kiwi side and then won by a record margin.

Accumulating 215 runs riding on the back of valiant knocks by Manan Vohra (65), Virender Sehwag (52) and David Miller (40), KXIP's young spinners Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel wrecked the Knights.

KXIP's Sri Lankan import and allrounder Thisara Perera and Parvinder Awana lend depth to the team's bowling and with nothing to lose in Sunday's game, the side may like to test the bench strength.

Punjab have shown that they are no longer dependent on the likes of Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller alone, with young guns like Manan Vohra coming of age.

Making full use of the home advantage, KXIP had earlier won both their games against Hobart Hurricanes and Barbados Tridents.

The Punjab team came into the tournament on the back of a successful IPL season and they are continuing with their aggressive brand of cricket.

On the other hand, the Cape Cobras, after losing two matches on the trot, salvaged a win against the Barbados Tridents here after the outcome of the match was decided through a Super Over (eliminator).

Prior to Friday's match, Hobart Hurricanes had beaten Cape Cobras by six wickets in Hyderabad.

After losing their key allrounder Jean-Paul Duminy to injury, much depends on Hashim Amla and Richard Levi in the batting department as well as Omphile Ramela and Dane Vilas.

If Cobras have to contain Punjab batsmen, their bowlers will have to bowl out of their skins to halt them.

The Cobras will hope that their bowlers including Charl Langeveldt, Vernon Philander, Justin Kemp and Sybrand Engelbrecht come good in Sunday's game.

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3 England 4366 104
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