Failing to win this year's IPL after going down to Kolkata Knight Riders in the finals, the KXIP clearly look hungry for the CLT20 title.
On Friday, the Punjab side, which has carved out a reputation for itself for being good at chasing, scored a mountain of runs batting first against the Kiwi side and then won by a record margin.
Accumulating 215 runs riding on the back of valiant knocks by Manan Vohra (65), Virender Sehwag (52) and David Miller (40), KXIP's young spinners Karanveer Singh and Akshar Patel wrecked the Knights.
KXIP's Sri Lankan import and all-rounder Thisara Perera and Parvinder Awana lend depth to the team's bowling and with nothing to lose in Sunday's game, the side may like to test the bench strength.
Punjab has shown that it is no longer dependent on the likes of Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller alone, with young guns like Manan Vohra coming of age.
Making full use of the home advantage, KXIP had earlier won both their games against Hobart Hurricanes and Barbados Tridents.
The Punjab team came into the tournament on the back of a successful IPL season and they are continuing with their aggressive brand of cricket.

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