Every time there is a contest between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, one questions the relevance of bowlers; so mighty is the batting strength of either side. Bowlers will, on Thursday, in the CLT20 semifinal between the sides, largely look to contain the star-studded opposing batsmen.
No surprise then that their last two meetings in the IPL proved to be run feasts. For Kings XI Punjab, with four back-to-back comprehensive wins in the CLT20, the batsmen have truly delivered.
Glenn Maxwell enjoys the freedom given to him by KXIP, Virender Sehwag too is coming into his own in the tournament and captain George Bailey and David Miller can really accelerate towards the end of the innings. Manan Vohra has also caught the eye even among the big names.
If Maxwell’s bold new attempt to deal with yorkers is any indication, then Mahendra Singh Dhoni has his job cut out. Taking one foot away and letting the yorker pass through his bat and leg and hoping the ball beats the wicketkeeper too, Maxwell is improvising like never before. A key contest could be the one between Ravi Ashwin and Maxwell. “In an evenly-contested match, it’s all about winning key moments,” said George Bailey, ahead of the match.
A mere glance at the CSK batting order, which features the likes of Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina, demonstrates what Punjab are up against.
There are chinks in the CSK bowling despite having Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra, but they are ahead in the fielding department. In a battle of equals,indeed it will be down to capturing the key moments.