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We've some unfinished business: Bailey

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 16 September 2014 | 21.24

CHANDIGARH: After a stupendous IPL this season, where they reached the finals of the tournament, Kings XI Punjab are looking to go a step further in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament.

Skipper George Bailey, on Monday, exuded confidence that his team can repeat an IPL-like performance and lift the CLT20 trophy.

"It was a good IPL for us, but it wasn't the IPL that we wanted (not winning the title). We have some unfinished business and going into the CLT20 we would like to lift the trophy, not just finish runners-up," Bailey said.

"It is a new start for us. We have taken the good things out of IPL, what we learnt as a team, how much we grew as a team. But I think it's important to focus ahead," the Kings XI skipper added.

In the IPL, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller (also known as the M&M combination) took the tournament by storm and instilled a fear amongst opposition bowlers.

Similarly, Virender Sehwag, after a slow start to the IPL, came into his own in the playoffs against Chennai Super Kings, hitting a match-winning century.

According to the KXIP captain, the form of these three batsmen will once again prove to be crucial for their team's chances in the CLT20.

"Viru, Maxi and Miller are in top-notch form. All of them are hitting the cricket ball with the same intent, which is to send it out of the park. Maxi and Miller have shown in international cricket that their form is pretty good. We believe in playing aggressive cricket right from the start of an innings to the end of it and these three play a crucial role in achieving our targets. They give our bowling attack defendable totals," Bailey told TOI after a practice match held at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here.

Johnson doubtful

However, the Kings XI team management has a cause for huge concern. Quick bowler Mitchell Johnson, who is currently nursing an injury, is yet to get a clearance from Cricket Australia for the CLT20.

Talking about the Australian speedster, Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar said, "As of now, we are still waiting for clearance from Cricket Australia. We cannot really take a call as of now as we are still waiting for his clearance."

"Whether he is available or not, we still have a group of individuals who are capable of executing the role that has been given to them. It will be good if he is available, but we are ready to cope with the eventuality of his non-availability," Bangar added.

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IPL teams have edge in CLT20: MS Dhoni

HYDERABAD: The CLT20 is another chance for MS Dhoni to add one more feather to the Chennai Super Kings cap.

Excerpts from an interaction...

On CSK's prospects:

We are a very good side. It depends on how well we play and adapt. The good thing is that we have (Dwayne) Bravo back. We had missed him during the IPL. He got injured and that really affected the strength and combination of the side. Most of the players have been playing international cricket and have scored runs, like Faf Du Plessis or Suresh Raina.

On the opener against KKR:

They are a very good team. We have played each other quite a few times. Most of the core group has remained the same in both teams. They are a good side and they have their own strengths. We rely on different stuff. Overall, most of the teams in the CLT20 are excellent sides.

On other IPL teams posing a stiffer challenge for CSK:

There are quite a few winners from the IPL sides. They know the conditions well. The Indian teams have a very good chance but this format is sort of a lottery where you have to be at your best on a particular day. An individual can win the game.

On the switch to T20 after Tests and ODIs:

After a Test series, you play ODIs and that has its own demands. Here, you don't have too much time on your hands as you gather 10 days before the start. You don't get much time to be with the team. This is like a refresher course.

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IPL teams have edge in CLT20: MS Dhoni

HYDERABAD: The CLT20 is another chance for MS Dhoni to add one more feather to the Chennai Super Kings cap.

Excerpts from an interaction...

On CSK's prospects:

We are a very good side. It depends on how well we play and adapt. The good thing is that we have (Dwayne) Bravo back. We had missed him during the IPL. He got injured and that really affected the strength and combination of the side. Most of the players have been playing international cricket and have scored runs, like Faf Du Plessis or Suresh Raina.

On the opener against KKR:

They are a very good team. We have played each other quite a few times. Most of the core group has remained the same in both teams. They are a good side and they have their own strengths. We rely on different stuff. Overall, most of the teams in the CLT20 are excellent sides.

On other IPL teams posing a stiffer challenge for CSK:

There are quite a few winners from the IPL sides. They know the conditions well. The Indian teams have a very good chance but this format is sort of a lottery where you have to be at your best on a particular day. An individual can win the game.

On the switch to T20 after Tests and ODIs:

After a Test series, you play ODIs and that has its own demands. Here, you don't have too much time on your hands as you gather 10 days before the start. You don't get much time to be with the team. This is like a refresher course.

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We've some unfinished business: Bailey

CHANDIGARH: After a stupendous IPL this season, where they reached the finals of the tournament, Kings XI Punjab are looking to go a step further in the upcoming Champions League T20 tournament.

Skipper George Bailey, on Monday, exuded confidence that his team can repeat an IPL-like performance and lift the CLT20 trophy.

"It was a good IPL for us, but it wasn't the IPL that we wanted (not winning the title). We have some unfinished business and going into the CLT20 we would like to lift the trophy, not just finish runners-up," Bailey said.

"It is a new start for us. We have taken the good things out of IPL, what we learnt as a team, how much we grew as a team. But I think it's important to focus ahead," the Kings XI skipper added.

In the IPL, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller (also known as the M&M combination) took the tournament by storm and instilled a fear amongst opposition bowlers.

Similarly, Virender Sehwag, after a slow start to the IPL, came into his own in the playoffs against Chennai Super Kings, hitting a match-winning century.

According to the KXIP captain, the form of these three batsmen will once again prove to be crucial for their team's chances in the CLT20.

"Viru, Maxi and Miller are in top-notch form. All of them are hitting the cricket ball with the same intent, which is to send it out of the park. Maxi and Miller have shown in international cricket that their form is pretty good. We believe in playing aggressive cricket right from the start of an innings to the end of it and these three play a crucial role in achieving our targets. They give our bowling attack defendable totals," Bailey told TOI after a practice match held at the Sector 16 cricket stadium here.

Johnson doubtful

However, the Kings XI team management has a cause for huge concern. Quick bowler Mitchell Johnson, who is currently nursing an injury, is yet to get a clearance from Cricket Australia for the CLT20.

Talking about the Australian speedster, Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar said, "As of now, we are still waiting for clearance from Cricket Australia. We cannot really take a call as of now as we are still waiting for his clearance."

"Whether he is available or not, we still have a group of individuals who are capable of executing the role that has been given to them. It will be good if he is available, but we are ready to cope with the eventuality of his non-availability," Bangar added.

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Mohit Sharma working on death bowling

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 15 September 2014 | 21.24

CHENNAI: Mohit Sharma has been one of the most consistent bowlers in IPL and the Chennai Super Kings pacer is keen on continuing his record in the Champions League Twenty20.

Mohit, who has been with the CSK team for the last two seasons, featured in 31 games and his ability to bowl outside the off-stump on a consistent basis makes him a difficult bowler to attack.

The Haryana pacer though doesn't want to dwell on his past, rather he is always looking to upgrade himself for bigger challenges.

"I have been working on my death bowling. It's very difficult to do well all the time especially in T20s as the format generally helps the batsmen. I have been given a particular role by my captain and I try to shoulder the responsibility with confidence," Mohit, who is in city to train for CLT20, told TOI on Saturday.

The paceman, who has played two ODIs and a T20 match against England in the recently-concluded series, felt his bowling is getting better with every game.

"I have been to South Africa, New Zealand, Australia (with India A) and England. It's been a great learning curve for me. "I played two ODIs against England and enjoyed bowling in English conditions but was unlucky to get injured in the second match," the 25-year-old added.

He missed the chance to train under Glenn McGrath as the camp dates clashed with the England series and by the time he returned home, it was over. Mohit, who had trained under Dennis Lillee, wants to work with McGrath if he gets an opportunity.

"Of course... I would love to do that. It would be great if a get a chance to train under Glenn in future."

The CSK seamer had a slight problem with his landing and is working under Super Kings' bowling coach Andy Bichel to rectify the problem.

"I needed a little bit of fine-tuning. I am thankful to Andy for his guidance," he added.

Mohit is almost a certainty in the CSK line-up and he looks to keep up the good work.

"I don't know whether I have sealed my place in the final XI but yes, I have played all the matches last year and will be glad if I get more chances.

It's a matter of pride for me to play for CSK and I'll be ready whenever the team management asks for it.

"I have always dreamt of playing for CSK and I am lucky to be a part of one of the best T20 sides in the world and whenever I contributed in CSK's win, it bring a lot happiness. I have another opportunity now to prove my ability and looking forward to have a great Oppo CLT20," the pacer signed off.

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Northern Knights defeat Lahore Lions

RAIPUR: Lahore Lions, so impressive against Mumbai Indians on Saturday night, came a cropper against Northern Knights in the CLT20 qualifying match on Sunday.

Their bowling was not impressive at all and the fielding wilted under pressure.

The batting too fell apart after the Knights notched up a healthy 170 for seven, relying on half-centuries by skipper Daniel Flynn and BJ Waltling.

And then the pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult reduced the match to a no-contest within the first six overs of the Lions chase, as they grabbed five wickets with barely 20 on the board.

From thereon it was just a matter of how far the rest would take the contest. It was Saad Nasim who kept up the fight with a well-compiled 58, the highest of the match, but still the team could not cross the 100-mark.

Lions hardly looked the team who were so outstanding against defending champions barely a few hours earlier. Probably it was fatigue, as they were back at the ground within 14 hours after finishing their first game near midnight on Saturday.

More than the defeat, it is the margin that is going to affect their chances of making it to the main round, and in turn have given Mumbai Indians a lifeline, if the latter manage to put it across Southern Express in the game later tonight.

The huge defeat by 72 runs has affected their net run-rate and if they are involved in a triple-tie with Knights and Mumbai Indians with two wins apiece at the conclusion of the Qualifiers on Tuesday, they are bound to be left behind on NRR.

Having won the toss and opted to bowl again, skipper Mohammed Hafeez was hoping for an encore from his four-pronged pace attack.

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Northern Knights defeat Lahore Lions

RAIPUR: Lahore Lions, so impressive against Mumbai Indians on Saturday night, came a cropper against Northern Knights in the CLT20 qualifying match on Sunday.

Their bowling was not impressive at all and the fielding wilted under pressure.

The batting too fell apart after the Knights notched up a healthy 170 for seven, relying on half-centuries by skipper Daniel Flynn and BJ Waltling.

And then the pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult reduced the match to a no-contest within the first six overs of the Lions chase, as they grabbed five wickets with barely 20 on the board.

From thereon it was just a matter of how far the rest would take the contest. It was Saad Nasim who kept up the fight with a well-compiled 58, the highest of the match, but still the team could not cross the 100-mark.

Lions hardly looked the team who were so outstanding against defending champions barely a few hours earlier. Probably it was fatigue, as they were back at the ground within 14 hours after finishing their first game near midnight on Saturday.

More than the defeat, it is the margin that is going to affect their chances of making it to the main round, and in turn have given Mumbai Indians a lifeline, if the latter manage to put it across Southern Express in the game later tonight.

The huge defeat by 72 runs has affected their net run-rate and if they are involved in a triple-tie with Knights and Mumbai Indians with two wins apiece at the conclusion of the Qualifiers on Tuesday, they are bound to be left behind on NRR.

Having won the toss and opted to bowl again, skipper Mohammed Hafeez was hoping for an encore from his four-pronged pace attack.

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Mohit Sharma working on death bowling

CHENNAI: Mohit Sharma has been one of the most consistent bowlers in IPL and the Chennai Super Kings pacer is keen on continuing his record in the Champions League Twenty20.

Mohit, who has been with the CSK team for the last two seasons, featured in 31 games and his ability to bowl outside the off-stump on a consistent basis makes him a difficult bowler to attack.

The Haryana pacer though doesn't want to dwell on his past, rather he is always looking to upgrade himself for bigger challenges.

"I have been working on my death bowling. It's very difficult to do well all the time especially in T20s as the format generally helps the batsmen. I have been given a particular role by my captain and I try to shoulder the responsibility with confidence," Mohit, who is in city to train for CLT20, told TOI on Saturday.

The paceman, who has played two ODIs and a T20 match against England in the recently-concluded series, felt his bowling is getting better with every game.

"I have been to South Africa, New Zealand, Australia (with India A) and England. It's been a great learning curve for me. "I played two ODIs against England and enjoyed bowling in English conditions but was unlucky to get injured in the second match," the 25-year-old added.

He missed the chance to train under Glenn McGrath as the camp dates clashed with the England series and by the time he returned home, it was over. Mohit, who had trained under Dennis Lillee, wants to work with McGrath if he gets an opportunity.

"Of course... I would love to do that. It would be great if a get a chance to train under Glenn in future."

The CSK seamer had a slight problem with his landing and is working under Super Kings' bowling coach Andy Bichel to rectify the problem.

"I needed a little bit of fine-tuning. I am thankful to Andy for his guidance," he added.

Mohit is almost a certainty in the CSK line-up and he looks to keep up the good work.

"I don't know whether I have sealed my place in the final XI but yes, I have played all the matches last year and will be glad if I get more chances.

It's a matter of pride for me to play for CSK and I'll be ready whenever the team management asks for it.

"I have always dreamt of playing for CSK and I am lucky to be a part of one of the best T20 sides in the world and whenever I contributed in CSK's win, it bring a lot happiness. I have another opportunity now to prove my ability and looking forward to have a great Oppo CLT20," the pacer signed off.

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Mumbai face Lahore in CLT20 qualifier

Written By kom nampultig on Minggu, 14 September 2014 | 21.24

RAIPUR: Mumbai Indians face a Herculean task as no team in the CLT20 has come through the qualifiers and gone on to win the championship.

Besides, it would be a stern test for the defending champions as they are without their regular captain and a replacement was named barely a couple of days before they run into tricky opponents Lahore Lions in their first qualifying match on Saturday night.

The late call taken by the Mumbai Indians to name the West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard to replace the injured Rohit Sharma would seem a desperate move. But coach John Wright brushed aside any problem with that, saying that the team always plays as a unit.

"So, handing over the reins to Pollard at such a late stage will not be an issue."

Wright is more worried about the loss of Rohit, the batsmen. "We all know he is a class player and was in form in the only ODI he played in England before breaking his finger. But we have many talented players in the line-up. Besides, it will give another domestic player an opportunity to hog the limelight in his absence," Wright said.

With both Pollard and Lasith Malinga opting to play for MI, after leading their respective domestic teams, Barbados Tridents and Southern Express, there is little doubt that they are the favorites to bag one of the two slots in the main round.

Lahore Lions skipper Mohammed Hafeez is not overawed by the might of MI and says that the boys are determined to see a team from Pakistan finally make it to the main round. Sialkot Stallions in 2012 and Faisalabad Wolves last season had failed in their mission.

"We are a balanced side with six international players and the other boys too can be match-winners on their day. We have to ensure that we play consistently well in order to qualify for the main round", Hafeez said on the eve of the match.

Over the next four days, four teams i.e. Mumbai Indians, Lahore Lions, Northern Knights (New Zealand champions) and Southern Express (Sri Lanka champions), will play each other once with the top two making it to the main round.

If Mumbai Indians make the grade, they will join Kings XI Punjab in Group B of the main draw. Group A has two more IPL teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

The first match on Saturday will see Northern Knights take on Southern Express, who have suffered a double blow as their skipper Malinga decided to turn out for MI and then lethal opener Tillakaratne Dilshan pulled out at the last minute due to personal reasons.

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Mumbai face Lahore in CLT20 qualifier

RAIPUR: Mumbai Indians face a Herculean task as no team in the CLT20 has come through the qualifiers and gone on to win the championship.

Besides, it would be a stern test for the defending champions as they are without their regular captain and a replacement was named barely a couple of days before they run into tricky opponents Lahore Lions in their first qualifying match on Saturday night.

The late call taken by the Mumbai Indians to name the West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard to replace the injured Rohit Sharma would seem a desperate move. But coach John Wright brushed aside any problem with that, saying that the team always plays as a unit.

"So, handing over the reins to Pollard at such a late stage will not be an issue."

Wright is more worried about the loss of Rohit, the batsmen. "We all know he is a class player and was in form in the only ODI he played in England before breaking his finger. But we have many talented players in the line-up. Besides, it will give another domestic player an opportunity to hog the limelight in his absence," Wright said.

With both Pollard and Lasith Malinga opting to play for MI, after leading their respective domestic teams, Barbados Tridents and Southern Express, there is little doubt that they are the favorites to bag one of the two slots in the main round.

Lahore Lions skipper Mohammed Hafeez is not overawed by the might of MI and says that the boys are determined to see a team from Pakistan finally make it to the main round. Sialkot Stallions in 2012 and Faisalabad Wolves last season had failed in their mission.

"We are a balanced side with six international players and the other boys too can be match-winners on their day. We have to ensure that we play consistently well in order to qualify for the main round", Hafeez said on the eve of the match.

Over the next four days, four teams i.e. Mumbai Indians, Lahore Lions, Northern Knights (New Zealand champions) and Southern Express (Sri Lanka champions), will play each other once with the top two making it to the main round.

If Mumbai Indians make the grade, they will join Kings XI Punjab in Group B of the main draw. Group A has two more IPL teams, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

The first match on Saturday will see Northern Knights take on Southern Express, who have suffered a double blow as their skipper Malinga decided to turn out for MI and then lethal opener Tillakaratne Dilshan pulled out at the last minute due to personal reasons.

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