More Maxwell Magic Downs Chennai

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell hit 90 in 38 balls and also took a wicket as the Kings XI Punjab returned to the top of the IPL 2014 standings
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Kings XI Punjab 231-4 (Maxwell 90) beat
Chennai Super Kings 187-6 by 44 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Cuttack

Glenn Maxwell's latest Indian Premier League 2014 whirlwind innings of 90 in 38 balls set the Kings XI Punjab on course for a crushing 44-run win over the Chennai Super Kings in Cuttack.

The Australian blasted six fours and eight sixes as the Kings XI, also boosted by David Miller (47), George Bailey (40 not out) and Virender Sehwag (30) posted a massive 231 for four.

Chennai kept pace early on during their run chase before falling away late on and a dashing half-century from Faf du Plessis was scant consolation as the two-time champions were soundly beaten in the end.

Maxwell was at the crease in the fifth over when Mandeep Singh was caught by Ishwar Pandey off Mohit Sharma for three and he quickly set about hitting his third score of 90 or more in the competition.

Before that though, Sehwag hit five fours and one six in his 30 in 23 balls to give the Kings XI a flyer, falling soon after Maxwell had arrived when he was bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus.

Neither Maxwell nor David Miller spent much time getting themselves in and instead launched a blistering counter-attack.

Favouring the leg-side, Maxwell found the boundary at will, being particularly severe on Ravichandran Ashwin but there there were two reverse hits that also travelled over the ropes.

Meanwhile, Miller joined in, striking five fours and two sixes in a 32-ball knock before he was bowled by Dwayne Smith as Chennai finally broke a brutal 138-run partnership.

However, there was still more carnage to come as despite Maxwell holing out to Pandey on the boundary off Mohit with a century seemingly in the offing, Bailey needed just 13 balls to power Punjab well past the 230-run mark.

He hit six fours and two sixes while Mitchell Johnson added an unbeaten six in two balls.

Mohit finished with two for 38 as he and Hilfenhaus (1-36) were the only bowlers to leak less than 10 runs per over.

Kings XI stuck early as for once the profitable Smith-Brendon McCullum partnership failed.

He had made just four when he was caught by Johnson off Sandeep Sharma, who turned in another impressive performance with the ball.

McCullum went on to hit 33 in 29 balls and Suresh Raina 35 in 27 deliveries as Chennai just about kept themselves in the game, the pair adding 51 together.

Raina was caught by Miller off Maxwell before Ravindra Jadeja thumped 17 in eight balls to ensure there was little loss of momentum.

Then came the double blow that killed off Chennai's already fading hopes when Jadeja and McCullum fell within seven balls of each other.

Jadeja was bowled by Rishi Dhawan with a delivery that kept a little low and McCullum was brilliantly run out by a Johnson direct hit to leave the Super Kings at 98 for four.

Du Plessis then blasted 52 in 25 balls and MS Dhoni 23 in 20 but the run-rate had plunged so far that their efforts merely served to entertain the crowd. There was no way back for the men in yellow.

Both men fell to Johnson, who returned two for 37 as Sharma (1-37), Dhawan (1-23) and Maxwell (1-21) also picked up a wicket.

The win for the Kings XI ended Chenna's impressive six-game unbeaten run and put the Punjab side back on top of the table.

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