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Kings XI Punjab is a cricket franchise based in Mohalimarker in the eight team Indian Premier League. The team is captained by Yuvraj Singh who is also the Icon Player. The team is coached by Tom Moody, the former Australian all rounder.

Franchise History

The owners of the franchise include Preity Zinta, Ness Wadia (Bombay Dyeing), Karan Paul (Apeejay Surendera Group) and Mohit Burman (Dabur). The group paid a total of $76 million to acquire the franchise.

2008 IPL Season

The 2008 season started on a disastrous note for the Kings XI team as it lost its opening two matches, but then it recovered lost ground and went on to play the semi finals against Chennai Super Kings.

Performance

The tournament got off to a slow start for the Kings XI, with the team losing their first two games. However, despite losing Australians Brett Lee and Simon Katich (who were committed to tour the West Indiesmarker with Australia), the team found its groove. Powered by their balanced bowling lineup and effective top order, the team won 9 of its next 10 matches, clinching a birth in the semi-final. In the semi-final, their run in the tournament came to an end with a comprehensive 9 wicket loss to the Chennai Super Kings.

Many credit the team for unearthing arguably the biggest find of the tournament in Shaun Marsh. The opener from Western Australiamarker was looked over in both IPL player auctions and was signed by the franchise on 9 April. He finished the tournament the highest run scorer with an average of 68.44 and a strike rate of 139.68 in 11 innings. His innings included 1 century and 5 half-centuries.

Racism Row

On top of their strong results, the franchise found itself in the headlines for issues off the field as well. It was alleged that cheerleaders Ellesha Newton and Sherinne Anderson—both of whom are of African lineage—were denied access to the PCA Stadiummarker due to the colour of their skin. Wizcraft International Entertainment, the event management firm hired by the team, denied the allegation and began proceedings on a defmation lawsuit against the organization who represented the two individuals.

Dispute with Punjab Police

The Punjab Police sought compensation in exchange for providing security during IPL matches at the PCA Stadium. The issue was that neither the Punjab Cricket Association, nor the franchise owners were willing to pay the amount being demanded. The dispute reached a boiling point on 23 May during the Kings XI match against the Deccan Chargers, where it was alleged that team co-owner Ness Wadia was engaged in a verbal dispute with Mohalimarker Senior Superintendent of Police, RS Khatra. Khatra eventually filed an official complaint against Wadia, contending that he was accused of stealing alcohol and team merchandise, as well as granting entrance to unauthorized personnel in the stadium. Following this event, the Punjab Police threatened to provide no security for the Kings XI's final home match, unless they were paid the sum they demanded.

Current Squad

Administration and Coaching staff



Fixtures and Results

2008 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 19 April Chennai Super Kings Mohalimarker Lost by 33 runs
2 21 April Rajasthan Royals Jaipurmarker Lost by 6 wickets
3 25 April Mumbai Indians Mohali Won by 66 runs, MoM – Kumar Sangakkara – 94 (56)
4 27 April Delhi Daredevils Mohali Won by 4 wickets, MoM – Simon Katich – 75 (52)
5 1 May Deccan Chargers Hyderabadmarker Won by 7 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 84* (62)
6 3 May Kolkata Knight Riders Mohali Won by 9 runs, MoM – Irfan Pathan – 24* (26) and 2/18 (4 overs)
7 5 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangaloremarker Won by 6 wickets, MoM – S. Sreesanth – 2/16 (4 overs)
8 10 May Chennai Super Kings Chennaimarker Lost by 18 runs
9 12 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Mohali Won by 9 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 74* (51)
10 17 May Delhi Daredevils Delhimarker Won by 6 runs (decided by D/L method), MoM – Mahela Jayawardene – 36* (17)
11 21 May Mumbai Indians Mumbaimarker Won by 1 run, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 81 (56)
12 23 May Deccan Chargers Mohali Won by 6 wickets, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 60 (46)
13 25 May Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkatamarker Lost by 3 wickets
14 28 May Rajasthan Royals Mohali Won by 41 runs, MoM – Shaun Marsh – 115 (69)
15 31 May Chennai Super Kings (Semi Final #2) Mumbai Lost by 9 wickets


2009 season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result
1 19 April Delhi Daredevils Cape Townmarker Lost by 10 Wickets (D/L Method)
2 21 April Kolkata Knight Riders Durbanmarker Lost by 11 runs (D/L Method)
3 24 April Royal Challengers Bangalore Durbanmarker Won by 7 wickets, MoM - Ravinder Bopara 84 (59)
4 26 April Rajasthan Royals Cape Townmarker Won by 27 runs, MoM - Kumar Sangakkara
5 29 April Mumbai Indians Durbanmarker Won by 3 runs, MoM - Kumar Sangakkara 45* (44)
6 1 May Royal Challengers Bangalore Durbanmarker Lost by 8 runs, MoM - Yuvraj Singh 3/22 (4overs) & 50 (33)
7 3 May Kolkata Knight Riders Port Elizabethmarker Won by 6 wickets, MoM - Mahela Jayawardene 52* (41)
8 5 May Rajasthan Royals Durbanmarker Lost by 78 runs
9 7 May Chennai Super Kings Pretoriamarker Lost by 12 runs
10 9 May Deccan Chargers Kimberleymarker Won by 3 Wickets, MoM - Mahela Jayawardene
11 12 May Mumbai Indians Pretoriamarker Lost by 8 wickets
12 15 May Delhi Daredevils Bloemfonteinmarker Won by 6 Wickets,MoM - Brett Lee 3/15 (4 overs)
13 17 May Deccan Chargers Johannesburgmarker Won by 1 run, MoM - Yuvraj Singh 20 (18) & 3/13 (4 overs)
14 20 May Chennai Super Kings Durbanmarker Lost by 24 runs


References

  1. Cricinfo - Records - Indian Premier League, 2007/08 - Kings XI Punjab - Most wickets
  2. Cricinfo - Records - Indian Premier League, 2007/08 - Kings XI Punjab - Highest partnerships by runs
  3. Cricinfo - Five finds
  4. The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Sport
  5. Cricinfo - Shaun Marsh joins Mohali
  6. Cricinfo - Records - Indian Premier League, 2007/08 - Most runs
  7. Row over cheergirls hots up - News - News - Times of India Cricket - IPL
  8. Mohali IPL mess reaches a new low - News - News - Times of India Cricket - IPL
  9. Punjab police move complaint against Ness Wadia - News - News - Times of India Cricket - IPL


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