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KXIP claims their third victory on a trot

It had seemed as if IPL 7 had only one team and that is KXIP, as their staggering display with the bat got them past SRH in match 9 with aplomb notching up their third consecutive victory from as many games. KXIP won over their game with SRH by 72 runs in the cricket match that was played in Sharjah yesterday on April 22, 2014. Invited to bat, KXIP put up a gigantic score of 193 for 6 for SRH with Maxwell repeating another blinder of an innings of 95. The extreme pressure of the huge target got the better of the SRH batsmen who petered out for just 121 in 19.2 overs. Irfan Pathan replaced Ishant Sharma for SRH’s playing eleven while Murali Karthik and Parvinder Awana were replaced with Rishi Dhawan and Sandeep Sharma in KXIP. The big-hitting Australian Maxwell dominated the opposition bowlers including Dale Steyn scoring his third half century in three games to earn the orange cap. The KXIP bowlers lead by Lakshmipathy Balaji had a good match at last aiding to complete their 72 run win at Sharjah. It seems that Pepsi IPL 2014 has inits first week belonged to Maxwell and his aggressive reverse-sweeps and slog hits. His third half century came in 21 balls only in match 9 of IPL 7 against SRH. For once Miller scored 10 but skipper George Bailey in at No.5 added 25 runs with Maxwell. For SRH, Kumar was the most outstanding bowler as he had finished with 19 from his 4 overs with three scalps. It was a miserable performance for SRH who were set to get past the very big total of 193 notched up by KXIP. Though on paper the batting line-up of SRH seemed powered to be able to achieve the chase successfully in reality it proved otherwise as matches are after all played among the sweat and grime of the cricket field and that too under pressure. The chase beagn with SRH captain Dhawan gone for 1 in the second over off Johnson. Aaron Finch could manage a meager 19 before being struck by the Lakshmipathy Balaji plump on his leg to be given lbw. David Warner on 8 got out two balls later. SRH were totally left rudderless on 49 for four seven overs into their innings. With the dismissal of Sammy the No.7 big West Indian all-rounder SRH’s remaining hopes were all but extinguished. Balaji ended up with amazing figures of 4-0-13-4 and in the process this KXIP pacer...

Maxwell and Miller muster determined win for KXIP over RR

Maxwell and Miller had joined hands to secure a second consecutive win for KXIP in IPL 7 beating the pressure of a huge target that had been set up by RR scoring 191 for 5. RR batsmen Samson’s 52 and Captain Watson’s 50 had gone in vain as there was nothing much they could do other than stare helplessly as Miller and Maxwell hit their way to win. The two hard hitting players from KXIP practically carried the huge responsibility on their shoulders just like in the first match against CSK to steal a win from RR. RR was simply left wondering as to what had hit them. KXIP’s 193 for 3 comprised of man of the match Maxwell’s 89 in 43 balls, Miller’s 51 not out and anchor man Pujara’s unbeaten 40. The two international Ms in KXIP had established their repertoire of shots to make a near 200 run chase a cakewalk. KXIP captain George Bailey was again disappointed with his bowlers who had given away too many runs for their own comfort. Between them Maxwell and Miller had accrued an overwhelming 140 runs off 64 balls that had come in the form of 12 sixes and 8 fours. This had been the first time that RR has lost after posting a 190+ target. Miller’s 51 off 19 had come in when KXIP had required 66 off 36. Miller had assumed a murderous outlook up on Kulkarni to hit him for four confident sixes to bring up the end of the contest in that over only in match 7 of the seventh edition of IPl being played in...

KXIP plunders CSK thunder at Abu Dhabi

Kings XI Punjab commenced their IPL 7 in style by scoring 206 for the loss of 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare against Chennai Super Kings in their opener played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Maxwell and Miller put up unbelievable shows aiding Punjab to come out victorious over CSK by 6 wickets. Earlier Chennai has started off things with a blast to set up a big total of 205-4 to chase in their stipulated 20 overs. This confident victory will take KXIP a long way IPL 7 as their previous best had been as a losing finalist once. All were undoubtedly in favor of the all time favorites CSK who had once again managed to bat their way to glory, batting first after Captain Dhoni won the toss. Even after 15 overs it seemed a distant possibility but Maxwell changed the equation while Miller finished things off that Maxwell had left incomplete to give KXIP a new high on the IPL podium. Maxwell made a game changing 95 from 43 balls while Miller cast himself as a polished finisher scoring an unbeaten 54 from 37. Captain Bailey hit the winning runs by pulling a short Mohit Sharma ball over mid wicket for a four. KXIP registered only the fourth occasion when a total in excess of 200 was chased down successfully. CSK had seen a McCullum 66 from 43 balls and Smith 67 from 45 blast to put up their 200+ target of 205 out of which 123 runs came from 76 balls for the opening...

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