IPL 2014 Match 9: Maxwell stars in Punjab’s rout of Hyderbad

Maxwell walloped nine sixes during his magnificent knock of 95

Maxwell walloped nine sixes during his magnificent knock of 95

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Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell produced another star-studded performance as he hammered 95 runs to help the King XI Punjab rout the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs in Sharjah.

Maxwell was brilliantly supported by India pace bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji, who ripped through Hyderabad’s batting line-up with his four wickets.

Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawan would have been pondering over his decision to bowl first after Punjab’s opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara amassed a 51-run partnership before Sehwag was caught by Darren Sammy at long-on off the bowling of Amit Mishra for 30.

Pujara ended up making 35 before he was caught by Venugopal Rao at deep midwicket off the bowling of Sammy.

Maxwell and David Miller stabilised the innings with a 68-run partnership, during which Maxwell brought up his half-century, before Miller was caught by David Warner at long-off off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 10 runs.

Maxwell went on to score 95 off 43 balls, which included five boundaries and an incredible nine sixes, before he was caught by Sammy at long-off off the bowling of Mishra.

Punjab captain George Bailey only made 10 runs before he was caught by Warner at long-on off the bowling of Kumar.

Kumar struck again just four balls later when he shattered Mitchell Johnson’s stumps.

Thanks to Maxwell’s outstanding knock, Punjab finished on 193/6 at the end of their 20 overs.

Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Mishra snapped up two and Sammy chipped in with one.

Chasing a tough target of 194 to win, Hyderabad got off to an awful start as they lost their top four batsmen for 49 runs.

It wasn’t until they reached 72 that Hyderabad lost their next wicket, which occurred when Irfan Pathan was clean bowled by Akshar Patel for just five runs.

Sammy managed to make 15 runs before he was caught by Patel at mid-off off the bowling of Balaji.

Wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul was the top-scorer with 27 runs before he was caught by Miller at long-off off the bowling of Patel.

Karn Sharma only made 10 runs before he was caught by Miller at mid-off off the bowling of Johnson.

Dale Steyn scored 12 runs before he was cleaned up by Balaji.

Hyderabad were put out of their misery on 121 when Kumar was caught by Johnson at long-on off the bowling of Rishi Dhawan for one run.

Balaji was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Johnson and Patel claimed two wickets apiece and Dhawan and Sandeep Sharma chipped in with one wicket each.

Dhawan was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “We dropped lots of catches and Maxwell went on to score big. Target was very high. Lost lots of wickets, it was a big batting failure. When you drop catches and all this stuff…of course the batsmen have a bit of pressure. We need to work on our batting group and score more runs.”

Bailey was ecstatic with his team’s convincing victory, and said: “Nice to see us put a good total on the board and to have a good start from Viru and Puj. Wicket was a little hard to score on but you would not know that from the way Maxwell was batting. We know it is not going to happen every time. There will be times when the other guys will have to step up. Bala’s comeback tonight was outstanding. He worked hard at training. Really pleased with our bowling, not so with our fielding, but it is ok.”

Maxwell was named Man of the Match, and said: “Wicket was a little different tonight. I was a bit lucky. Just try and flow, just try and keep certain areas to hit. [I] have got a simple gameplan and am trying to target certain bowlers. It will be nice to get there [to a hundred]. At least this time I did not get out when we were chasing. Want to score for the team.”

 

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