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IPL Season 7: Kings XI Punjab Thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah; Glenn Maxwell Steals the Show

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IPL Season 7: Kings XI Punjab Thrash Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sharjah; Glenn Maxwell Steals the Show

April 23
13:21 2014

kings elevenSharjah, Wednesday, April 23 – The fresh season of IPL 7 has so far been good for Kings XI Punjab, who defeated Shikhar Dhawan’s Sunrisers Hyderabad by a huge difference. SRH skipper won the toss and elected to field first. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag started KXIP’s innings. The opening partners were nearly excellent with the bat on Tuesday as Pujara smashed 35 of 32 balls (hitting six boundaries) and 35 year old Najafgarh boy hit 30 runs of 22 balls (4 x 2; 6 x 3), before succumbing to Darren Sammy and Amit Mishra, respectively.

But real astonishment was yet to come from Glenn Maxwell who is leading the ‘score table’ with highest runs. Blasting 95 runs facing just 43 balls made audience to stand up from their seats, to cheer for a splendid show. The youngster proved his presence worth in the team with the knock he played a day ago.

Displaying a superb innings of 95 runs out of 43 balls with nine sixes and five boundaries, Maxwell has emerged as a terror for the opponents. Though he failed to hit a century for the third time in a row, the 25 year old Aussie player has given an unmatched energy to his teammates in Indian Premier League season 7 and turning out to be an unstoppable man. Mishra got him in 18th over, giving a mild respite to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

David Miller, who was out at the score of 10, KXIP skipper George Bailey (10 runs of 8 balls) and Mitchell Johnson (4 runs of 6 balls) were sent back to the pavilion when Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the charge. Kumar exhibited a few amazing spells, which made the three to return to the dressing room by adding fewer runs. A huge target of 193 runs was set for SRH after 20 overs.

The openers Dhawan and Aaron Finch were likely to stay firm in front of Kings XI Punjab’ sharp bowling attack, but they fumbled in the begging only. Mitchell Johnson caught the skipper, while Lakshmipathy Balaji trapped Finch, who struck 19 runs from 15 balls with a couple of fours and a six. Balaji was on fire and snared 4 wickets of 13 runs, dismissing David Warner (8 runs), Darren Sammy (15 runs; 6 x 1) and Dale Steyn (12 runs of 16 balls).

Wicketkeeper-batsman Lokesh Rahul was the highest scorer from SRH, smashing 27 runs of 27 balls (4 x 1; 6 x1). Venugopal Rao was sent away by Sandeep Sharma, Irfan Pathan by Akshar Patel, Karn Sharma by Johnson and Bhuvneshwar Kumar by Rishi Dhawan. Right-handed batsman Amit Mishra remained not out with 4 runs, but game was all over for Sunrisers Hyderabad in 19.2 overs.

The way Kings XI Punjab beat Sunrisers Hyderabad yesterday will be remembered for long as it is not easy to log 72-run victory against the opposite team, especially in a format where batting lineup goes destructive on more than a few occasions.

In the points chart, Kings XI Punjab hold the top rank with 6 points followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore with 4 points. Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils have 2 points apiece, while Sunrisers Hyderabad and defending champions Mumbai Indians share a same platform with zero points.

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