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Maxwell’s scintillating spell aides KXIP to net CSK again

Man of the match KXIP’s Glenn Maxwell scored a stupendous 90 off 38 balls in Cuttack that helped KXIP to set a colossal target of 231 for 4 to put match 29 beyond the reach of CSK. Ultimately the men in yellow of CSK succumbed to yield a 44 run victory for KXIP, their second over CSK in IPL 7. It has taken seven years of IPL for another favorite team for the crowds to emerge who are used to seeing this kind of charisma only from CSK. For CSK it hardly matters whether they bat first or last, whether they are facing a strong team or weak team and even if many of their players are not in great form, winning has virtually been their agenda at IPL. KXIP are now set to displace them as the new IPL favorites.

Each match from the KXIP players has been a thumping win and leading the King’s brigade is none other than Glenn Maxwell, who is also the current Orange Cap holder of IPL 7, having amassed the most runs. Maxwell’s swinging willow left nothing out of his reach and with every incredible hit of his bat the ball simply disappeared over the ropes. KXIP batting first posted an insurmountable total of 231 for four in their 20 overs that could not be breached even by the best team in the IPL business CSK. CSK could only manage 187 for six with Maxwell being the leading factor for their loss. Virender Sehwag and Mandeep Singh stated the KXIP innings when CSK Captain put them to bat after having won the toss. The partnership yielded runs at a brisk pace due to Sehwag and ended swiftly as Mohit Sharma struck in the fifth over to get rid of Mandeep Singh on 3 leaving KXIP on 33 for one. Sehwag was dismissed on 30 comprising of 5 fours and a maximum by Ben Hilfenhaus in the sixth over.

Glenn Maxwell and David Miller together unleashed the most glittering hitting after the KXIP innings steadied at 69 for two after 10 overs. The 12th over by R Ashwin yielded 21 runs also culminating in Maxwell’s half-century. The 13th over from Ishwar Pandey went for 18 runs. The 150 for KXIP came up in the 15th over. Then Dwayne Smith bowling the 16th over after having conceding 20 runs off his first five balls picked up Miller’s wicket on 47. The partnership for the third-wicket stand for KXIP was for a gigantic 135 runs off only 64 balls. The the last wicket to fall for KXIP was Maxwell on 90 caught by Ravindra Jadeja just a few inches inside the mid wicket fence off the bowling of Mohit Sharma. Maxwell’s sensational innings was studded with six fours and eight unforgettable maximums.

However the story was far from over, as KXIP Captain George Bailey decided to exhibit his stroke play to ensure that the game went completely beyond the reach of CSK players. Bailey and Mitchell Johnson gathering momentum from Maxwell and Miller took the KXIP score past 200. Finally Bailey struck two consecutive sixes to end up at an unreachable 231 for four in their quota of 20 overs. CSK opener Smith was dismissed on 4 by Sandeep Sharma in the very first over. Maxwell dismissed Raina on 35 as well just before he was going to prove indispensable for CSK while Ravindra Jadeja was scalped by Dhawan on 17. McCullum perished on 33 as he was run out leaving CSK on 98 for four. Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni steadied the innings and played out the match till the end as getting 134 off 48 balls was impossible even for these two. du Plessis made 52 before being claimed by Johnson in the 19th over along with Dhoni on 23. Ultimately KXIP’s 44-run triumph propelled them back to the top of the league table while CSK dropped down to the second spot.

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