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Ideal Playing XI for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

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Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will begin their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign against Delhi Capitals (DC) on September 20 in Dubai.

KXIP will be entering IPL 13 with a new captain, KL Rahul. Although, Punjab never won the IPL title, but they have all the potential to lift the coveted trophy in the upcoming season.

KXIP have managed to build a squad which has a quality mixture of experienced players as well as talented youngsters.

Let’s have a look at their ideal playing XI for IPL 2020:

Openers: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal

Since Punjab’s head coach Anil Kumble has urged Chris Gayle to take up the mentorship role, it isn’t very worthy of expecting the Jamaican at the top order.

Team India Test opener Mayank Agarwal is the prime candidate that can replace Gayle. KXIP skipper Rahul will be the other opening batsman.

Rahul was phenomenal in the last season, having scored 593 runs in 14 games at a breathtaking average of 53.90. He smashed one hundred and six fifties last year. Mayank, on the other hand, had an average 2019 season as he scored 332 runs in 13 matches with two half-tons.

Middle-order: Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh

Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell

A middle-order that has Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell and Mandeep Singh is capable of taking pitches and conditions out of the equation. Both Pooran and Mandeep can shift gears effortlessly, while Maxwell has the capability of rotating the strike as well as finishing games by taking them to the last moment.

The trio would be looking forward to IPL 13 in order to change their respective last season’s performances. Pooran had an average outing in the 2019 edition as he clubbed only 168 runs in seven matches.

Maxwell previously played in 2018, and he could only manage to score 169 runs at a dreadful average of 14. Mandeep, on the other hand, played 13 matches in 2019 IPL, scoring 165 runs at an average of 41.

Finishers: Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham

Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham

Kings have an admirable combination of finishers and all-rounders in the squad. The prime runners to be featured in the playing XI would be Sarfaraz Khan and Krishnappa Gowtham.

Sarfaraz can be a powerful finisher for Punjab. He was in top form in the Ranji Trophy. After the long break, if Sarfaraz manages to keep his fitness on track, then he would turn out to be a critical asset for KXIP.

Gowtham is a bowling all-rounder but can show skills with his willow, especially in crunch situations.

Bowlers: Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shami, Jagadeesha Suchith, Chris Jordan

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Shami

It is expected that Kings will include Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Shami, as the duo has been fairly consistent for the Kings.

They have an option of the left-arm spinner in the form of Jagadeesha Suchith who shall come handy on slow tracks.

The last spot would be fulfilled by Chris Jordan, who is considered as an expert of death bowling. Jordan will also assist the side with his acrobatic fielding efforts.

Reserves:

Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Deepak Hooda and James Neesham.

Here is Kings XI Punjab’s ideal playing XI:

  • KL Rahul – Matches: 67; Runs: 1977; Average: 42.06; 100’s: 1; 50’s: 16
  • Mayank Agarwal – Matches: 77; Runs: 1266; Average: 18.34; 50’s: 5
  • Nicholas Pooran – Matches: 7; Runs: 168; Average: 28.00
  • Glenn Maxwell – Matches: 69; Runs: 1397; Average: 22.90; 50’s: 6
  • Mandeep Singh – Matches: 97; Runs: 1529; Average: 22.15; 50’s: 5
  • Sarfaraz Khan – Matches: 33; Runs: 408; Average: 27.20; 50’s: 1
  • Krishnappa Gowtham – Matches: 22; Runs: 144; Average: 12.00; Wickets: 12; Economy: 7.96
  • Mujib Ur Rahman – Matches: 16; Wickets: 17; Best: 3/27; Economy: 7.95
  • Mohammad Shami – Matches: 51; Wickets: 40; Best: 3/21; Economy: 8.99
  • Jagadeesha Suchith – Matches: 15; Wickets: 12; Best: 2/14; Economy: 8.80
  • Chris Jordan – Matches: 11; Wickets: 12; Best: 4/11; Economy: 9.03

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs Glamorgan Group 3 2021

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Matt Quinn claimed the third Glamorgan wicket to fall but only 6.2 overs were possible

Glamorgan 64 for 3 trail Kent 307 by 243 runs

Glamorgan moved to 64 for 3 against Kent on day three of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Canterbury, trailing by 243 at stumps after just 6.2 overs were possible due to a waterlogged outfield and then bad light.

Matt Quinn took the only wicket to fall, removing Joe Cooke for 10, leaving him with figures of 2 for 10. Billy Root and Kiran Carlson were the not out batsmen, on 26 and nought respectively.

Play was delayed until 5.19 pm after heavy overnight rain left several areas of the outfield unplayable, with umpire James Middlebrook’s shoes making an audible squelch as he strolled towards the pavilion to deliver the bad news following one of six pitch inspections.

When the action did finally get underway, with around 50 diehard fans still in the ground, Glamorgan resumed on 55 for 2 in reply to Kent’s 307 all out. Just five runs had been added when Quinn knocked back Cooke’s off stump in the 25th over, the batsman failing add to his overnight score.

Root initially looked more comfortable, driving Stevens for four through long-off but then surviving an appeal for caught behind off next delivery.

With the light deteriorating the players went off after just 24 minutes and with increasingly heavy rain falling, play was abandoned for the day. A bleak forecast for Sunday means the Group C game is almost certain to end in a draw.

David Hopps writes on county cricket for ESPNcricinfo @davidkhopps

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Recent Match Report – Lancashire vs Northants Group 3 2021

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Only 11 overs possible at wet Wantage Road, with Keaton Jennings the batter to fall

Lancashire 75 for 1 vs Northamptonshire

Gareth Berg made the only breakthrough for Northamptonshire as just 11 overs were possible on another rain-affected day of this LV= County Championship tie with Lancashire at Wantage Road.

The evergreen seamer found plenty of bounce and movement and claimed his 20th wicket of the season when he enticed Keaton Jennings to drive loosely at a ball outside off stump and edge through to wicketkeeper Adam Rossington, who took a comfortable catch.

With Jennings departing for 27, Alex Davies was joined by Luke Wells and the pair faced a testing spell from Berg and Ben Sanderson, fresh from their 19-wicket demolition of Sussex two weeks ago. They maintained pressure, beating the bat regularly and making it difficult to score.

Davies did manage to break the shackles briefly by cutting a rare wide one from Sanderson for four and later driving him through midwicket for another boundary. By the time play was called off Lancashire had advanced to 75 for 1 after 28.1 overs.

The start of play was delayed until 2.30pm due to a wet outfield after the whole of the second day was lost to heavy rain. Jennings and Davies were resuming on 59 without loss, their fourth 50 opening stand of the season.

After further interruptions due to showers, the umpires called stumps shortly after 4pm following further rain and hail which turned the outfield white as the players left the field.

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WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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In the ongoing Group 3 match between Kent and Glamorgan of County Championship 2021 at St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, a funny incident involving Glamorgan wicketkeeper captain Chris Cooke captured everyone’s attention.

It all happened in the 28th over of Kent’s first innings bowled by Australian pacer Michael Neser. The fast-bowler bowled a short of a good length delivery around the middle and leg stump which was tapped by Sam Billings down to fine leg for a single.

The fielder collected the ball and threw it towards the strikers’ end. Cooke, who was standing behind the wickets, quickly came near the stumps to collect the red leather. The throw was a bit off target and while catching the ball, the wicketkeeper ended up crashing over the stumps before falling onto the ground. As soon as Cooke fell, his teammates couldn’t control their emotions and burst out in laughter.

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Darren Stevens rescues Kent with a sensational ton

After winning the toss, Glamorgan asked Kent to bat first and bundled them out for 307 runs. 45-year-old Darren Stevens was the main highlight in Kent’s innings. The senior lad went on to score 190 from 145 deliveries rescuing his team, which was struggling for 128/8 at one stage.

Stevens formed a 166-run partnership for the 9th wicket with tailender Miguel Cummins, who contributed with just 1 run. It became the highest first-class partnerships in which one player scored more than 90% of the runs.

Stevens smashed 15 fours and as many sixes to score 150 runs by just boundaries out of his total 190 runs knock.

In reply, Glamorgan have made 55/2 in 19.4 overs before the wet outfield stopped play. Stevens, who shined with the bat, proved his mettle in the bowling as well. The all-rounder dismissed Australian batting sensation Marnus Labuschagne for just 11 runs.

WATCH: Chris Cooke comically bumps into stumps during a County Championship match against Kent

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