Manan Vohra played fearlessly during his knock to give KXIP a strong start © IANS (File photo)
Manan Vohra played fearlessly during his knock to give KXIP a strong start © IANS (File photo)

Kings XI Punjab steamrolled Northern Knights into submission at the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014. A victory margin of 120 runs shows how dominant they were as they piled the runs on the board and then blew them away. Nishad Pai Vaidya picks the highlights of the game, all of them being dominating Punjab acts.

Manan Vohra attacks: It was a fearless innings by Manan Vohra as he took the attack to the bowling early on. He made room on a few occasions and smashed it through the off-side. He even tried to pull anything short and also cut when given room. Early in the innings, Virender Sehwag was eclipsed by this performance by Vohra as he kept the pressure on the bowlers with his attacking strokeplay.

Ish Sodhi hit for two sixes and then picks a wicket: Ish Sodhi was bowling in front of his home-crowd in a way as he hails from Ludhiana. In the ninth over, Vohra pulled a short one over wide long-on for a six. And then, he smashed him for a six by sitting down on one knee. Sodhi was thrown off-track and he dished out a half-tracker. That should have gone for another six. Vohra hit it high, but found the man on the mid-wicket boundary.

Virender Sehwag smashes an upper-cut to roll back the years: In the fourth over, Scott Kuggeljein pitched it short and outside the off-stump. Sehwag opened the face of the bat and guided it over third-man for a six. That brought back memories of the old.

Kings XI slow down between Overs 11 and 15: From over 11 to 15, Punjab scored only 33 runs. In that time, they lost three wickets, including that of Sehwag for 52. Despite losing the momentum somewhat, they were still going at over 10 an over. This only goes on to show how well they had batted in the first ten overs.

Kings XI spinners dominate: In tandem, Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh took five wickets for 31 runs in 7.2 overs. That broke the back of the Knights batting and they had no way back. While Akshar built the pressure with his control, Karanveer picked up the wicket and thrived with his leg-spin.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)