When Glenn Maxwell hits them, they stay hit. By scoring his third successive hurricane knock on Tuesday, paving the way for Kings XI Punjab’s yet another comfortably victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the 25-year-old Victorian showed that the earlier two match-winning knocks were no fluke. Maxwell has been on fire and has thoroughly dominated the first week of IPL-7.
After being put in to bat in Sharjah, the Kings posted a challenging 193/6. The KXIP speedsters of Mitchell Johnson, Lakshmipathi Balaji and Sandeep Sharma picked up early wickets to inflict a 72-run defeat on
Sunrisers. Tamil Nadu’s Balaji emerged the star bowler with 4/13, forcing SRH to fold up for 121.
Balaji also won the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket taker so far with six scalps. On a pitch when the batsmen could make merry if they got their shots right, Balaji teased the opposition top order, forcing them to commit mistakes. Right from skipper Shikhar Dhawan edging Mitchell Johnson behind, the Sunrisers were never in the hunt.
Unlike dropped catches that have been a regular feature of the league so far, KXIP fielders pouched all that came their way. Left-arm spinner 20-year-old Akshar Patel supported the medium-pacers admirably to finish with 2/20 in his full quota of overs.
Earlier in the day, it was Maxwell all the way for the third time in five days. He scored exactly the same number of runs from the same number of deliveries that marked his arrival in this IPL against Chennai Super Kings last Friday – 95 from 43 balls.
For the third successive time this season, Maxwell came within reach of a three-figure mark before throwing away the chance. He would not mind it as long as his team is winning and the fans have had their share of thrills.
Kings XI Punjab got off to their best start this league with both Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag scoring brisk runs. They shared 51 in 6.4 overs, paving the way for Maxwell’s onslaught.