Maxwell shines as Punjab rout Chennai

2014-05-08 00:00

GLENN Maxwell smashed his way to 90 as the Kings XI Punjab hammered the Chennai Super Kings by 44 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack yesterday.

Maxwell came in to the match as the tournament’s leading run-scorer and he continued his fine form as he bludgeoned his runs off just 38 balls with six fours and eight sixes as Punjab posted a formidable 231-4, the highest total of this year’s IPL.

Chennai, in reply, could only muster 187-6, despite 52 off 25 deliveries from Faf du Plessis, as Punjab moved to the top of the standings with Chennai dropping to second.

The 25-year-old Maxwell shared in a 135-run third-wicket stand off a mere 10.4 overs with David Miller before George Bailey weighed in with a superb 40 not out off a trifling 13 balls with six fours and two sixes to boost the back end of the innings as Punjab smashed a staggering 162 runs off the last 10 overs of their innings, an IPL record.

Miller was in fine form but he was made to look almost pedestrian by Maxwell. However, Miller still managed to smash 47 off 32 deliveries with five fours and two sixes before being bowled off an inside edge off the bowling of medium-pacer Dwayne Smith in the 16th over.

Chennai’s innings never really got off the ground after the early loss of Smith (4) despite Suresh Raina (35) and Brendon McCullum (33) adding 51 runs for the second wicket.

Raina became the first player to score 3 000 IPL runs during his knock but he was dismissed by the off-spin of Maxwell with Miller taking a superb catch.

Ravi Jadeja (17) was the next man out, bowled by seamer Rishi Dhawan, before McCullum was run out at the non-striker’s end after a direct hit from Mitchell Johnson at midwicket.

Du Plessis brought up his fifty off 22 balls, with three consecutive fours off the bowling of medium-pacer Sandeep Sharma, but his bright knock came far too late to save Chennai. Du Plessis struck seven fours and a six.

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