After picking up a handsome victory in their first match of the Champions League T20, the Kings XI Punjab will be in buoyant mood as they take on the Caribbean Premier League T20 winners Barbados Tridents in Mohali.
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The IPL 2014 runners-up showed their batting strength in an impressive opening win over the Hobart Hurricanes, with Glenn Maxwell, first, providing a ripper of a counter-attack, after a few early dismissals, before skipper George Bailey and Thisara Perera continued the momentum to eventually garner an easy victory.
"After [David] Miller and then after Maxi also got out, there was a bit of pressure," Perera, who scored an unbeaten 35 from 20 balls, while also picking up two wickets in the first innings, told CLT20's official website. "But that is part of the game. After that, myself and Bailey made the runs."
The Kings XI Punjab are an excellent all-round side, and it was their bowlers who set the game up for their batsmen, after restricting the Hobart Hurricanes to just 144 from their 20 overs.
If the likes of Perera can chip in with the ball again, KXIP, despite not having two of their key bowlers – Mitchell Johnson and Sandeep Sharma – will be hard to beat.
"As a bowler I look to bowl a lot of dot balls which will frustrate the batsmen and wickets will follow," said Perera. "If I can get wickets, that is a bonus for us.
"Bailey is a good captain and he has good plans on how to rotate our bowlers."
The Barbados Tridents have plenty of firepower in their lineup as well, but they will miss the services of perhaps their most important player – Kieron Pollard – along with opening tyro Dwayne Smith, who is playing for the Chennai Super Kings, and Shoaib Malik, who played a big part in the title run.
Pollard captained the Barbados Tridents to the CPLT20 victory a months or so back, but the Trinidadian decided to play for the Mumbai Indians in the CLT20 2014. That seems to have backfired on the all-rounder, with the Mumbai Indians getting knocked out in the qualifiers.
Now, all Pollard can do is watch from home as his home team look to make an impression in the CLT20, much like he did so many years ago.