Red-hot Glenn Maxwell burns Sunrisers as Kings XI win three in a row
Maxwell continued his rampaging run by smashing yet another blistering 95 — making good use of the two lives that he got during his innings by cracking nine sixes and five fours.
Result: Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs.
Toss: Sunrisers Hyderabad won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Kings XI 193-6 in 20 overs: Glenn Maxwell continued his rampaging run by smashing yet another blistering 95 — making good use of the two lives that he got during his innings by cracking nine sixes and five fours.
Maxwell was on 11 when dropped by David Warner off Karn Sharma in the 10th over before Darren Sammy had him caught on a no-ball in the 15th over. In a 68-run (27 b) stand with David Miller for the third wicket, Maxwell went completely berserk — primarily targetting Amit Mishra (who eventually took his wicket).
After scoring 95 and 89 in his last two innings, Maxwell was simply devastating again and built on a fine start by Virender Sehwag (30 runs, 22b, 2x4, 3x6) and Cheteshwar Pujara (35 runs, 32b, 6x4).
Sehwag and Pujara were both caught on the leg-side before Maxwell went on the attack in the 12th over, cracking back-to-back fours and hitting a six and a four off Irfan Pathan.
The 25-year-old then exploded in the 13th over, blasting three successive sixes off Mishra, while David Miller added another one as Punjab amassed 25 runs in it. Maxwell continued his onslaught and hit two sixes and two fours in the next two overs while riding his luck. He was caught at deep mid-wicket but it turned out that Sammy had overstepped clearly.
Bhuvneshwar then got rid of Miller when he was caught by Warner at long off but Maxwell continued his rampage on the other end — sending Dale Steyn (who was introduced very late into the attack) across the third man boundary and blasting two more sixes off Mishra in the 18th over before finally being caught by Sammy at long off.
Sunrisers 121 all out in 19.2 overs: Tasked with chasing down a mammoth target, the Sunrisers got off to a nightmare start losing Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the second over — the skipper departing to a soft caught behind off Mitchell Johnson's over.
Aaron Finch and David Warner tried to stitch up a partnership but with the asking rate so high, it would require early fireworks which both failed to produce. Finch was next to go, bowled by Balaji for 19 off 15 balls and Warner's failure to impress continued with another short innings that produced just eight runs off 12 deliveries.
At 33-3 in less than five overs, the Sunrisers needed something special to produce a fight — but none of their batsmen responded. Venugopal Rao, who can hit the ball on his day was cleaned up by Sandeep Sharma and Irfan Pathan met the same fate off Akshar Patel's bowling.
Darren Sammy, who was the only danger-man remaining in the SRH lineup was also snapped up by Balaji — before the bowler, who ended with figures of 4/13 bowled Dale Steyn.
The only batting highlight of the SRH innings was Karn Sharma smashing Johnson out of the ground.
Turning point: Warner dropping fellow Aussie Maxwell when he was at 11 — as someone mentioned on Twitter: the hole Warner wanted to dig himself into after dropping that catch got bigger and bigger with every shot.
Man of the match: Glenn 'Mad Max' Maxwell.
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