Scott Kuggeijn has been a important part of Northern Knights team © Getty Images
Scott Kuggeijn has been a important part of Northern Knights team © Getty Images

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are all set to take on the Northern Knights in the 13th league match of the ongoing Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2014. KXIP will look to seal one of the berths in the semifinals by registering a win over the Knights. On the other hand, Knights will look to bounce back from the terrible defeat they suffered against the Hobart Hurricanes. Rajarshi Majumdar finds out the Northern Knights likely XI who will take the field for this all-important clash.

Top order: Anton Devcich and Kane Williamson have showcased their batting skills right at the top of the order from the very beginning of the tournament. They were lethal against the Cape Cobras, and have been fairly consistent througout CLT20. Williamson also smashed a century against them. Unfortunately, they both got out cheaply in their last game against Hobart Hurricanes bowling. Daniel Flynn, who is also the skipper of the side, follows them at no 3. It is a crucial position in any format of the game. He would look to lead his side from the front.

Middle order: BJ Watling, Scott Styris, Daryll Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn and Mitchell Santner form the Knights’ middle order. Watling is a good batsman who doesn’t like to slog, as his timing and placement are commendable. His ability to hit big shots gives him the number four spot in the line up. He is folllowed by the most experienced campaigner in their side, Styris. He is indeed a busy customer who can shift the momentum of the match both with his bat and ball. He will also add experience to the squad. Daryll Mitchell and Santner can hit the ball a long way. The skipper would not want them to bat though if the top order does well, but if needed they can add some valuable runs during the slog overs.

Lower Order: Tim Southee and Trent Boult have been leading the Knights’ bowling attack from the front. Southee has bowled superbly throughout the tournament and Boult too came up with some laudable performances. They have the ability to pick up wickets in tandem within the powerplay. Ish Sodhi will bowl his leggies. Although he has been short of wickets, he will be expected to stop the run flow against the likes of Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and Thisara Perera.

Likely XI: Kane Williamson, Anton Devcich, Daniel Flynn (c), BJ Watling (wk), Scott Styris, Daryll Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent boult.

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(Rajarshi Majumdar is a reporter at CricketCountry. He played cricket for all age levels under the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for over 12 years. Apart from cricket he is an avid follower of football, supports Manchester United and a foodie at heart.)