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Comeback Kings XI Punjab Down Hobart Hurricanes

Thisara Perera hits out
Thisara Perera's quickfire 35 in 20 balls helped Kings XI Punjab get off the mark at the first attempt
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Kings XI Punjab 146-5 (Maxwell 43) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 144-6 by five wickets
Champions League T20 Group B, Mohali

For the second match in a row, the team batting second overcame the loss of wickets early on as Kings XI Punjab beat Hobart Hurricanes in the opening game in Group B of the Champions League T20 2014.

After Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from 51 for five to chase down 158 in the tournament's opener against Chennai Super Kings, Punjab made light of being reduced to 23 for three to successfully reach a target of 145 in the 18th over.

Glenn Maxwell (43), George Bailey (34 not out) and Thisara Perera (35 not out) ensured that early breakthroughs for Hobart, who posted 144 for six, were in vain.

The Hurricanes had to overcome the early loss of Tim Paine for 11 but through Ben Dunk, who made 26 and Aiden Blizzard, who hit 27, they did so.

However, wickets stymied their charge as Shoaib Malik (14), Travis Birt (28) and Jonathan Wells (28) all made useful - but not match-turning - contributions.

Perera took two wickets with Parvinder Awana, Akshar Patel and Karanveer Singh all taking one each.

Punjab got off to the worst possible start when Virender Sehwag upper cut Doug Bollinger to Cameron Boyce at third man from the first ball of the reply, and he was followed back swiftly by Wriddhiman Saha (11) and David Miller (0).

Manan Vohra helped start the rebuilding process, making 18 before he fell to Ben Laughlin to leave Punjab at 51 for four.

Maxwell counter-attacked by hitting four fours and two sixes but fell in the 11th over having faced 25 balls and the game was still in the balance as the chasing side were on 77 for five.

Enter Bailey and Perera - the former playing against the side he represents in the Big Bash League and the latter fresh from an outstanding run of form in international cricket.

Their partnership - 69 in 41 balls - ensured that no other batsmen were required and the runs were eventually knocked off with 14 balls to spare.

Bailey hit 34 in 27 balls with five fours and Perera earned the man-of-the-match award by striking 35 in 20 deliveries including four fours and a six.

Bollinger returned two for 30, Ben Hilfenhaus one for 30, Laughlin one for 26 and Evan Gulbis one for 23.

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