IPL MATCH 4: Glenn Maxwell fires unfancied Kings XI Punjab to Pune win

REPORT: Glenn Maxwell rose to the captaincy challenge with a top score by top-scoring with XX to lead Kings XI Punjab to an impressive six wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiant at Indore.

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Maxwell is KXIP’s 10th captain in as many IPL seasons and, at last, they appear to have given the responsibility to a showman that relishes balancing his attacking instincts with a level head.

After putting RPS in, KXIP restricted them to 163 for six and chased it down with an over to spare. RPS, in eight attempts, still haven;t defended a target in the IPL.

Hashim Amla (28) and Manan Vohra opened up with 27 in under three overs before Wriddhiman Saha hit three boundaries in nine balls. Amla (28) and Axar Patel shared 34 for the third wicket in 5.2 overs, before both batsmen were dismissed in successive overs just past the halfway mark.

KXIP needed 79 runs from 8.5 overs at that stage with two new batsmen, but they were the ever reliable Maxwell and David Miller who batted with confidence and more than a dash of ambition.

Maxwell hit four sixes, one off the debutant Rahul Chahar, one off Ben Stokes and two off Imran Tahir,  and dominated the unbeaten 79-run partnership. Maxwell ended unbeaten on 44 (20) and Miller was 30  not out in 27 balls, with 1 four and 2 sixes.

Ben Stokes, with his first IPL half-century, had rescued RPS after the loss of early wickets. They were three down after nine overs with both openers and their skipper, Steven Smith, back in the hut. MS Dhoni, on his 250th T20 appearance, the most for an Indian player, was then caught and bowled by Swapnil Singh and RPS were 71 for four in the twelfth over.

Stokes, batting at four, and Tiwary, batting at six, then added 61 runs to resurrect the innings and help RPS reach a respectable score. Tiwary hit Mohit Sharma for a six and a boundary in the 19th over, while Daniel Christian teed off against Sandeep Sharma in the final over and helped himself to two fours and a six. Courtesy the 30 runs in the last two overs, RPS reached 16 for six. It seemed a real waste that Christian’s firepower was not seen earlier in the day.

Axar Patel returned with respectable figures of 1-27 from his four overs, while Sandeep Sharma picked up two wickets – one in the first over of the match and another in the last over of the innings.

Rising Pune Supergiant: 163 for six (Ben Stokes 50, Manoj Tiwary 40*, Sandeep Sharma 2-33)

Kings XI Punjab: 164 for four in 19.0 overs (Glenn Maxwell 44*, David Miller 30*, Imran Tahir 2-29) by six wickets.

Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell

TABLE AFTER SATURDAY’s MATCHES

KKR 1 1 0 0 0 2 +3.254 184/14.5 183/20.0
SRH 1 1 0 0 0 2 +1.750 207/20.0 172/20.0
KXIP 1 1 0 0 0 2 +0.482 164/19.0 163/20.0
RPS 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.136 350/39.5 348/39.0
RCB 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.500 329/40.0 349/40.0
MI 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.229 184/20.0 187/19.5
DD 1 0 1 0 0 0 -0.750 142/20.0 157/20.0
GL 1 0 1 0 0 0 -3.254 183/20.0 184/14.5

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