IPL 2017 4th Match: Maxwell’s blitz sees Kings XI start on a high

Maxwell struck two boundaries and four sixes during his match-wining knock of 44 not out

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Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell led by example, hammering an unbeaten 44, to lead his side to a six-wicket win over the Rising Pune Supergiants.

Opting to bowl first, the Kings XI only needed five balls to get their first wicket before Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Thangarasu Natarajan for 19.

Things went from bad to worse for the Supergiants when skipper Steve Smith and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were removed in quick succession.

Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary stabilised the innings with a 61-run partnership, during which Stokes brought up his fifty. However, he was unable to make the most of it as he was caught and bowled by Axar Patel for 50 off 32 balls, which included two boundaries and three sixes.

Stokes’ maiden IPL fifty went in vain

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Dan Christian chipped in with 17, while Tiwary finished unbeaten on 40 as the Supergiants concluded their innings on 163/6.

Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Patel, Natarajan, Marcus Stoinis and Swapnil Singh chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 164 to win, the Kings XI lost opener Manan Vohra early on before wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was sent packing for 14.

Just when the Kings Xi were beginning to rebuild their innings, they were dealt two quick blows as Hashim Amla and Patel were dismissed for 28 and 24 respectively.

Despite this, Maxwell and David Miller finished things off via an unbeaten 79-run partnership as the Kings XI reached their target with an over to spare.

Maxwell ended up making 44 off 20 balls, which included two boundaries and four sixes, while Miller remained undefeated on 30 off 27 deliveries, which included one boundary and two sixes.

Imran Tahir was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Ashok Dinda and Rahul Chahar claimed one wicket each.

Maxwell was named Man of the Match.

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