Win keeps finals hopes alive for Kings XI

Rosalie Stanley
May 15, 2017

Playing fearless brand of cricket, Glenn Maxwell & Co. went on to win six out of their last eight matches and now face a do-or-die situation against Rising Pune Supergiant. KXIP's opener batsmen commenced their batting inning with a speedy approach. Even after losing Hashim Amla and David Miller to worldwide duty, Punjab have managed to post big scores, thanks to their in-form top-order, which has been bolstered by an in-form Wriddhiman Saha. Earlier, it was stumper Wriddhiman Saha's 55-ball unbeaten 93 that propelled the visitors to the highest total this season.

Another collective effort with the bat is what KXIP can overcome Pune at the MCA stadium and also the game is going to be superb. Even Marsh, his role was to play till 10-12 overs, but the way he got out was disappointing and then Maxwell and Morgan, these are the experienced players... Requiring 16 off the final over, Mohit Sharma was clobbered for a six on the second ball before the Haryana medium pacer pulled things back to bowl three consecutive dots as Mumbai ended on 223/6 at the end.

The England captain was run out by a direct hit from Jaydev Unadkat for a run-a-ball four.

However, they fell in successive overs and when Nitish Rana was dismissed the hosts were 121-4, requiring 110 from just 44 balls. He was caught behind off Dan Christian for 13 in his 17 ball stay at the wicket. Lendl Simmions was still active on the other end of strike and lost his wicket after hitting 59 runs in 32 balls.

Kieron Pollard 50 (24b, 1x4, 5x6) and Hardik Pandya played a blinder to nearly chase down 230.

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Fifth-placed Punjab are on a roll lately and will be a tough nut to crack for Pune, who are now on 16 points from 13 games with a net run rate of -0.083.

The Kings XI seamer was only used for two overs, conceding a whopping 27 runs off his second for overall figures of 0-40. His teammate Shaun Marsh was also in good touch hitting a handy 25 from 16 balls before skying one into the awaiting hands of Parthiv Patel.

Maxwell Mayhem: Aussie Glenn Maxwell is coming into his own at the back end of IPL10, with another match-winning knock seeing his side to victory, this time over the ladder-leaders Mumbai. Skipper Smith was unbeaten on 15 off 18.

Maxwell played a knock of 44 runs to set up a fighting total of 167 for 6 in 20 overs and Haryana pacer Mohit Sharma bagged Man of the Match award with two wickets to set up the 14-run win for the Kings XI Punjab and enthralling the almost packed IS Bindra PCA Stadium "We came to see Manan Vohra and Kings XI Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell batting".

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