Glenn Maxwell powered the Kings XI Punjab to a comprehensive 44-run win over Indian Premier League (IPL) table toppers Chennai Super Kings at the Barabati Stadium here Wednesday.
Chasing the highest total of the tournament of 231/4, the Super Kings could only control 187/6 in their 20 overs after electing to field. With the win, the Kings XI Punjab outfit has once again risen to the top of the table with 12 points from seven games.
Glenn Maxwell drove his team to a mammoth totality with his wonderful 38-ball knock of 90 runs. The Australian was given good support by South African Player David Miller (47) and later by fellow George Bailey, who also hammer an outrageous 13-ball 40 at an incredible strike rate of 307.69.
Glenn Maxwell and David Miller struck the powerful 135-run 3rd wicket partnership to propel the team to 182 before getting out.
Early the Chennai outfit had a poor start, losing volatile opener Dwayne Smith (4) in the 1st over. Brendon McCollum (33) tried forging a partnership with Suresh Raina (35) first and later with Ravindra Jadeja (17) before running himself out.
Faf du Plessis (52) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a 61-run fifth-wicket partnership but the asking rate kept growing and even the firepower of Dhoni, who got out for 21, wasn’t enough to take the 2-time IPL champions to their target. Mithun Manhas (8 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (11) took the team to 187/6 before running out overs.
Kings XI Punjab -231/4(20)
Chennai Super Kings-187/6
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