Well, as if you don't know, Kings XI have been by far the best side in the tournament; it isn't just me who says this but the Cricket Pundits as well.
One of those teams that can be described in the most laconic manner (although your vocabulary should be great), they have shown sheer dominance in the tournament and are the only side that is yet to be outshone, though, the utter ease with which they have won matches doesn't quite make you believe of the Reds losing anytime soon.
Termed the most balanced side even before the start of the tournament, the "Punjabis" have handled the pressure of the "one of the favorites" (although they are the clear favorites) tag well unlike the star-studded Australian team that exited in the group stages of World T20 2014 after having got a similar tag as they played as feckless Cricket as they could.
Learnt from his mistakes has the skipper George Bailey and he's got it dead right every time his team has taken the field with a perfect combination of players who are now looking well ensconced in the team and the format itself.
First things first, the KXIP batting line-up is what has scared the hell out of oppositions. While the duo of Maxwell-Miller has been busy doing the bulk of scoring with rather obstreperous kind of batting, Sehwag and Pujara have seemed to get some starts, though not good enough but just about enough for their "ace-of-spade", Maxwell in particular to take the reins from thereon to have the bowling line-ups tempest tossed causing nothing but shemozzles.
While describing this team's batting is a hard nut to crack, the bowling, particularly in the last two matches has been a feast to watch. Finding the right rhythm at the right time (a trait of champions) is what the other half of Bailey's team has done.
If Johnson has his searing pace, then Sandeep Sharma has his tempting, rather tricky swing; If Balaji has his slower ones, then Akshar Patel has his quicker delivery and not to forget Rishi Dhawan who has complemented his mates well.
All in all, whatever this side has done has clicked in the most perfect manner just like a Jacques Kallis cover drive. Though, they had had some opprobrium to cope with as well by being termed as a one man show by some "crucifiers".
But, its the old cliche, the time you start criticising a really good team with some serious mettle, thats the time they'll bite back to grind you.
We all saw a batting collapse in Kings XI's previous clash against Kolkata, but thats when the bowlers charged by taking the responsibility to them.
"Champions always find a way to win", thats what these inspired 11 have proved and this in fact is the reason they say, "don't be impetuous while talking Cricket" (which often leads to wrong conclusions) because this is what hurts the masters of this beautiful game, a game which for so long has helped the ones who possess the art of being mensch and being honest, Punjab have dearly kept the very art which, at least, for me, has made them the favourites by some distance.
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