Thursday, Nov 27, 2014

IPL 7 preview: George and his Kings

The Kings XI Punjab have emerged as unlikely heroes (Source: IPL/BCCI) With the likes of Maxwell, Miller, Bailey and Sharma performing consistently, Kings XI Punjab have emerged as the most destructive team in the ongoing season. (Source: IPL/BCCI)
Written by Sahil Malhotra | New Delhi | Posted: May 27, 2014 3:09 pm | Updated: May 28, 2014 4:33 pm

at the third position in the list of the highest run-getters. Also, his strike rate of 191.72 is head and shoulders above the rest, and he has hit the most number of sixes – 35 – in the tournament so far.

The weak chord 

Sehwag: Yes, you are reading his name under the right heading – ‘the weak chord’. In patches, he brought back the memories of the past. The hard slashes over point, push through covers, a pull with Sehwag-like elegance.
All of that, like a bubble, was short lived.

Apart from his 72 in a losing cause, the once belligerent opener has been a disappointing story. In a team where batsmen, from top to bottom, are making consistent and substantial contributions, Sehwag’s latest scores of 9, 18, 17, 23, 4 don’t make an impressive reading. If all goes the KXIP way, the Delhi dasher will have two shots to improve his 324-run tally and the not-so-Sehwag-like strike rate of 132.78.

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Surprise package 
Sandeep: KKR have been getting off to consistent starts. Their opening combination is finally into place, and the likes of Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir have finally come to party, in style. If KXIP need to dictate terms against this unit, an early wicket will be the most crucial. And their Man Friday for this task will be this young Punjab seamer. Out of the 17 wickets he has taken so far, 12 have come in the first six overs.His ability to swing the ball both ways and beat the batsman with subtle variations in line and length make him the bowler to watch out for in this contest. He is not express, but very effective with the amount of swing he generates.

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