KXIP in search of the right combination

For the Kings XI Punjab this year, even a Herculean effort by a batsman in each of the last two games hasn't worked when it came to turning the tide. That has left the team management searching for the right answers going into Sunday's game against the Gujarat Lions.

KXIP pace attack will find it difficult to recover from the Mumbai Indians onslaught.   -  PTI

In a format as fickle as T20 and a tournament as exhausting as the Indian Premier League, putting an end to a losing streak often seems a big hurdle for a team that gets trapped. More often than not have we seen an individual brilliance finally ending a winless run for a team in the previous seasons of the IPL.

Well, for the Kings XI Punjab this year, even a Herculean effort by a batsman in each of the last two games hasn't worked when it came to turning the tide. That has left the team management searching for the right answers going into Sunday's game against the Gujarat Lions.

“We have to work collectively as a team. We have seen some individual brilliance, like you said. We have seen an astonishing innings from Manan (Vohra) and of course Hashim (Amla),” said J. Arunkumar, the batting coach. “But it's very important to play as a team. It's a habit in the end, winning or losing. If we start winning, which we are sure we will now, we will get back into the rhythm. If we get our ducks in the row before the start of the game, I think things will fall in place.”

Arunkumar hoped that the bowling and batting units will fire simultaneously to help Kings XI register its first victory in five matches. “We have bowled well in two-three games, and batted well in two-three games. We need to get it together and complement each other. It's a matter of time. Yes of course, we need to contain a few runs to help the batters,” he said.

It would be a mountain of a task for the Indian pace attack of the Kings XI bowlers to recover from the Mumbai Indians onslaught on Thursday, that saw the Mumbai Indians making a meat of a target of 199 in a meagre 15.3 overs.