IPL 2017: Glenn ‘Big Show’ Maxwell Shines As Punjab Registers Crucial Win Over Pune
On Saturday evening, Kings XI Punjab bounced back in style as their skipper Glenn Maxwell showed the pure power-hitting form that he is known for. Maxwell helped his side to win their first Indian Premier League (IPL) match of the tenth season comfortably by six wickets at Holkar Stadium in Indore against Rising Pune Supergiant.
The 28-year-old Maxwell (44* off 20) put on 79 runs for the fifth wicket with David Miller, who remained unbeaten on 30 off 27 balls to chase down the target of 164 with one over to spare.
Moreover, Maxwell’s innings was laced with four sixes, after they were reduced to 85 for four at one stage.
For Supergiant, Imran Tahir picked two wickets; Rahul Chahar, Ashok Dinda claimed one each.
Earlier, in 12th over, it was Imran Tahir on a roll, as leg-spinner claimed Axar Patel’s wicket, who went for a big hoick and top edged the ball – to see latter taking a catch before extended his arms.
Hashim Amla (28 off 27 balls) was caught by Ben Stokes at the edge of the long-off boundary on the bowling off rookie leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
As Amla was playing some elegant strokes at the other end, as he struggled on the tricky pitch, Imran Tahir bamboozled Wriddhiman Saha on a googly to reduce Punjab 49 for two in sixth over before taking-off during his customary celebration. Saha scored 14 off 9 balls.
While chasing down the target, Kings XI Punjab openers Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra tried to give a good start, before Vohra was dismissed on a short-pitch delivery which scooped up in the air – to find the safe hands off Manoj Tiwary on the onside, as Punjab lost its first wicket on 25 in 2.5 overs.
Vohra (14 off 9 balls) trudged off the ground as Ashok Dinda claimed the first wicket of the season for Supergiant after being battered by Hardik Pandya (Mumbai Indians) in the previous encounter.
On a hot afternoon, as the crowd chanted slogans for their respective teams, Kings XI Punjab newly appointed skipper Glenn Maxwell elected to field first against Steven Smith-led Rising Supergiant in their IPL opener.
With some improvisation, Dan Christian (17 off 8 balls) played some significant strokes to see Supergiant setting the target of 164 for Kings XI as Tiwary remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 balls.
For Kings XI, Sandeep Sharma picked two wickets followed by Natarajan, Stoinis, Axar, and Swapnil, who bagged wicket apiece.
Breaking into the numbers, 87 runs came on the off-side and 70 from the on side region for the visitors.
Christian was dismissed by Sandeep Sharma when the ball found bottom-half of the bat to find Glenn Maxwell taking a diving catch in the long-on region.
The half-century from Stokes (50 off 32 balls) and Tiwary’s cameo has helped their side at Indore after an early wobble.
In the middle overs, costliest IPL buy Ben Stokes (INR 14.5 crore) and Manoj Tiwary steadied the ship after visitors were reduced to 71 for four in 11.2 overs, as both put on 61 vital runs for the fifth-wicket before Stokes was caught and bowled by left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel.
In 12th over, Dhoni (5 off 11 balls) played a tamed shot back into the hands of left-arm orthodox spinner Swapnil Singh, who hold onto the ball in his third attempt.
Earlier Supergiant made two changes in the Playing XI as leg-spinner Adam Zampa was replaced by all-rounder Daniel Christian following the emphatic win over Mumbai Indians by seven wickets on Thursday night in Pune.
At the age of 17 years and 147 days, Rahul Chahar replaced his brother Deepak Chahar only to become third youngest cricketer in IPL after batsman Sarfaraz Khan and fast bowler Pradeep Sangwan.
Starting with a wide ball, Marcus Stoinis dismissed countryman Steven Smith (26 off 27 balls) when the ball held onto the turf before leading edge found Manan Vohra in the deep region to send back last-match hero for Supergiant.
Steven Smith alongside Ajinkya Rahane (19 off 15 balls) steadied Supergiant ship after the early blow, as they accelerated run-rate before the left-arm fast bowler Thangarasu Natarajan made an early impact with the ball to break the 35-run partnership for the second wicket.
Making his debut, Natarajan picked his first IPL wicket on his second ball when Marcus Stoinis took a simple catch on the edge of a boundary, in the sweep region as he was clearly facing the sun in the seventh over.
In fourth over, on the bowling of Mohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane tried to dispatch the ball into the stands.
However, the length ball took the edge of a bat and went high up in the air to see Vohra making mess of it, in the thirty-yard circle.
The right-handed batsman Agarwal failed to impress in the previous match against Mumbai Indians where he scored just six.
In the very first over of an innings, fast bowler Sandeep Sharma uprooted the stumps of Mayan Agarwal (0 off 4 balls) on an in-swinger.
The Supergiant innings saw 11 boundaries, seven sixes, two doubles and 67 singles followed by six extras with further saw the graph of 27 per cent dot balls.
Tahir Ibn Manzoor
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