Indian Premier League 2014

Kings XI looks to consolidate position

Delhi Daredevils can’t buy a win at the moment while Kings XI Punjab is popping victories like candies.

The sweet taste, understandably, whets one’s appetite. There’s nothing such as too many wins, after all.

Ever since KXIP confirmed qualification to the playoffs, the side has sought to rest its key players and give the fringe ones a chance. Shaun Marsh, Beuran Hendricks and Karanveer Singh have proved to be able replacements, at one point or the other. Sure, the Daredevils could experiment as well. Eight consecutive defeats have left the team resembling a train wreck with the windows, seats and other furniture absolutely smashed. Considering the kind of bowling resources at its disposal, it’s tough to see the Daredevils bucking the trend at the PCA Stadium on Sunday.

Perhaps, since KXIP has already sewn the first spot, a let-up in intensity from the host is the best hope for Kevin Pietersen’s men.

Although this losing streak must be a heavy cross to bear, coach Gary Kirsten and the Daredevils skipper have an even tougher examination to undergo soon. The end of season review promises to be severe on the duo.

After the defeat to Mumbai Indians on Friday, Pietersen made a case for the current team management. “Credit to Gary and the backroom staff, you wouldn't believe we've only won two games. It has been a fun environment. If we're losing and the boys can be as happy as this, we are going to be a very strong unit when we win.”

In the current scenario, very little credence can be attached to such claims. KXIP, certainly, is a very strong unit currently. Although captain George Bailey would not advise it, it can afford one bad day.

After Sunday, KXIP can’t relax if it is to make this wonderful league campaign count. The first spot would mean little if the side doesn’t walk away with the trophy.


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