Virender Sehwag... KXIP will once again pin their hopes on the dashing batsman to live up to the potential © IANS
Virender Sehwag… KXIP will once again pin their hopes on the dashing batsman to live up to the potential © IANS

It’s a clash between runner-up teams of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 and Big Bash League 2013-14. Abhijit Banare notes the key battles to watch out for in the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) versus Hobart Hurricanes match.

KXIP are struggling in the bowling line-up in the absence of Mitchell Johnson and Sandeep Sharma. However, they have a powerful batting line-up that can pack a punch to cover it up. For the Hurricanes, they have a strong side but the missing link is their skipper George Bailey who will turn up against his Australian side. So there will be some clashes to watch. Below are some:

Virender Sehwag versus Doug Bollinger: Bollinger has a good experience of playing in India, and he will be entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the explosive Virender Sehwag quiet. Well, it’s tough to keep him quiet but either you dismiss him or get ready to be hit. Anything pitched up or on the length early in the match; Sehwag loves to go over the off-side, at the same time, his strength also double up as the weakness. Bollinger coming over the wicket and bowling across to Sehwag will be an interesting watch.

Glenn Maxwell versus Cameron Boyce: Glenn Maxwell is the superman of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Everything he touched turned in to gold in the first part of the IPL 2014 season. He just swung his bat and someone in the stands tried their best to catch it. But in the midst of the various sparkling innings he produced, he was found out against the leg-spinners. Dismissed six times to leggies, Maxwell will have a task on hand when he faces Cameron Boyce. The leggie is high on confidence having made it to the national team.

Ben Dunk versus Lakshmipathy Balaji: The leading run-scorer of the previous BBL season will be keen to flex his muscles against the leading pacer of KXIP. A beleaguered Punjab bowling attack means that Balaji, a regular face in last IPL season for Punjab will have to lead the way. It will be a tough challenge for the opening bowlers to restrict Dunk.

Shoaib Malik versus Akshar Patel: Shoaib Malik has been in great form of late. He is part of two winning sides. He missed out on a title with Hurricanes but did so with Barbados Tridents. Malik has chosen to represent the Hurricanes side. Coming in somewhere in the middle-order, Malik is likely to run in to the left-arm spinner Akshar Patel. He has been economical in the IPL and the in-form Malik will be eager to score off Patel.

George Bailey versus his own bowlers!: The rise of T20 clubs around the world has resulted in this mix-up. With Bailey choosing to lead his IPL side over his home side, he will know all the tricks of his own bowlers. Being a captain you often have discussions over what strategies to adopt with your bowlers. Bailey will have familiar faces running in to him. Let’s see how much he can score.

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)