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  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | April 22, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    The way Maxwell mastred Ashwin in the first match reminded me of Neil Harvey, the great Aussie suthpaw, when first visited India in 1956, the local press start writing that Subhash Gupte will tie up Harvey. When th paper cutting as shown to Harvey, he told that if Gupte has a reputation, then S DO I. And in the second test at Mumbai, Harvey mastered Gupte and scored a superb 140 runs and Gupte was never the same bowler again. In the second match, we thought that he may fail, but he again batted brilliantly nd put all the RR bowlers to the sword and lead his team to victory. Currently his strike rate is 200 plus. I have a gut feeling that he may be the first player to cross 1000 runs in a single tournament. The way he is playing and if he continues to play like this, he is destined to break all IPL batting records. IGNORE Y FIRST LETTER. SECOND ONE POSTED WITH CORRECTIONS. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni, Midnapore

  • POSTED BY keralite on | April 21, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    If Sehwag and Johnson finds form, the champions will be Punjab.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    The biggest match of this season will be RCB v KXIP. Gayle kohli abd vs maxi miller bailey sehwag

  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | April 21, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    The way Maxwell mastred Ashwin in the first match reminded me of Neil Harvey, the great Aussie suthpaw, when first visited India in 1956, the local press start writing that Subhash Gupte will tie up Harvey. When th paper cutting as shown to Harvey, he told that if Gupte has a reputation, then S DO I. And in the first test at Mumbai, Harvey mastered Gupte and scored a superb 140 runs and Gupte was never the same bowler again. In thesecond match, we thought that he may fail, but he again batted brilliantly nd put all the RR bowlers to the sword and lead his team to victory. Currently his strike rate is 200 plus. I have a gut feeling that he may be the first player to cross 1000 runs in a single tournament. The way he is playing and if he continues to play like this, he is destined to break all IPL batting records. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | April 21, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    KXI has 4 matchwinners, sehwag, maxwell, miller and bailey and any two of them get going then they can win matches batting second.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 21, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    'Maxwell maximums' are soon becoming a patent of IPL.As things look now,every 'half dozen' hit in IPL will have a new name which may become more famed than orig.,more loved even!Sounds better too!Maxwell showing hes greatest young bating talent in world.

  • POSTED BY SajMc on | April 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Why is manan vohra not playing in the eleven. After he is the only player to be retained by kings 11

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | April 21, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I'm one of those cricket fans who tend to be on the bowler's side & love games with low scores, but this batting game was one of the better games. Great entertainment by both teams & exciting batting by Maxwell & Miller.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 21, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Max/Miller certainly the leading act in this years IPL! Not sure about some of the criticism of Pujara, though. Please note he anchored the innings for the 'big show' and Miller, crucially facing HALF the number of deliveries of his partners. Perfect support role, facing 2 balls per over and offering stability for the big hitters to go for gold.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    loved the game. great batting by Maxwell, untouchable. RR should seriously think about sitting dhaval out. its a shame at that level a bowler can't bowl wide Yorker. he costed us the match in my opinion. ipl keeps getting better every season!

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    I personally believe that JP Faulkner should come in @ number 4/5 ahead of Binny. He could easily add a 40/50 runs out of 20 balls for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    shohaib akhtar said that there is no way that u can chase score close to 200 in sharjahah twice but he forgot that it is not PakistanXI but kingsXI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    @yuvi_gladiator that is because bd pitches were worst pitches i have seen for t20.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Pujara is there slow down so chase down the total in 20 overs if there was no pujara game would have finished by 10th over.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Rajasthan didn't bowl well binny should have used earlier 6 bowlers and bowling tight lines could have brought match close

  • POSTED BY pitch_curator on | April 21, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell - What do u know about the Indian domestic circuit? There are at least 3-4 quality keeper batsmen in the making. Sanju Samson is one of them. At his age he looks better than what Dhoni was when he came into the Indian team. Smith Patel is another good option who did well in U19 level. KL Rahul who is playing for SRH is another very good batsman with good runs in domestic cricket.

  • POSTED BY ArjunSp21 on | April 21, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    what a player Maxi is turning out to be..perfect buy for the kings xi..really good both sides of the wicket..magnificent striker of the ball..he really is a superstar under construction..hope he continues his terrific form..

  • POSTED BY RapidCommentsPlz on | April 21, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    @Albert_campbell oh dear why worry so much about the future of Indian team.One simply doesnt say India has world's best batting line up.It may fail once or twice but afterall it's the mightiest! With young guns already in the line up waiting for their chances one can simply say India never has to worry about one thing in cricket-BATTING.With the young guns already playing with big names in IPL, they dont have to worry about it.Main concern -pace department.India is still working on it! With AARON doing his job smartly when other fast bowlers are going for runs on this flat wicket.It is a good news for dressing room and might be tried in the next world cup.Oh dear why not worry about your own team instead of repenting on other's?

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | April 21, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Knowing in-form Maxwel, Miller, Bailey, Rajasthan tried their all not to out Pujara who almost lost game for Punjab. Wish Punjab get rid of Pujara earliest before it cost them. Strange that Miller and Bailey comes at No 6 and 7. Mumbai Indians did same mistake in 2010 season with Pollard and it cost them most deserving trophy.

  • POSTED BY Qa_ankit on | April 21, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Wow hitting. I am from Rajasthan but seriously i just loved the hitting of Maxi and Miller. Specially miller to be very frank. Without any one noticed he went to make 19 ball 51. Unbelievable. Now i am really waiting for Gayle,Kohli,Yuvi,ABD V/S Sehwag,Miller, Maxwel, Bailey war. That has to be one run feast for sure.

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | April 21, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    probably this is the difference between world class classical players like sachin, dravid, kallis etc...... they all can play any type of a match, be it test, odi or t20. watching the way pujara played yesterday really made me think that weather he is emerging player or not? he could't connect properly & unnecessarily put efforts for big shots... it was not a smart thinking.... Puajara pls take learnings from ABD & Kohli.

  • POSTED BY metalthrasher on | April 21, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    I don't know why Mandeep Singh is not in the team. He is a much better t20 player than saha/pujara. IMO after watching yesterdays struggle, pujara should be axed off for Mandeep, saha atleast fares a decent strike rate rather than mugging up balls like pujara

  • POSTED BY avani on | April 21, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    It looks like no one noticed Binny's one over which went for only 4 runs! Am I the only one to wonder why he was not given an another over to bowl? Probably his slow phased deliveries would not have gone for so many sixes. (or did Dhoni advised Watson to give only one over to Binny?-remembering how Binny's bowling was under utilized when he was picked for Indian ODI squad).

  • POSTED BY Dagur on | April 21, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    The awesome twosome !! incredible is only word than can describe the feat and the repeat. The two have left behind the genius of Gayle and AB as the chief destroyers of IPL bowling. The bowlers of all other IPL teams must be feeling terrorised. And Look, how cheap these two and Steven Smith, the stars of this IPL, so far, were picked up ??

  • POSTED BY Pradeephar09 on | April 21, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    well done KXIP....this is MAX effect

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | April 21, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    clearly there is a huge difference between international cricket and ipl. only a few days ago miller, yuvi, gayle, watson were struggling to put bat on ball in world t20

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Except the team name (punjab) and franchise, everything has changed. Its a new fresh squad which is dominated by aussies. Right now the "M" factor was the most threatening one which was feared by opponents. Due to this M factor, nobody noticing that sehwag's poor form carried out in IPL so far. But we cant say this with couple of matches for punjab, this would be danger that the rest of the batsmen doesnt having batting chance, if punjab crumbles in any of the match with getting out max and mill, then they can be destroyed easily.

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    @Albert_cambell- think before you write mate .india have rahane and pujara in their batting order .both are trechincally sound and also perform in south africa and newzealand.and many youngster who are full of talent are waiting for their turn. do not worry about future of indian team .it is in safe hand of kohli, rahane ,pujara and youngsters like sanju sampson ,baba aparjit ,vijay zoll ,sandeep sharma ,unmukt chand and many more .

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 21, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Albert_cambell Did you not see Sanju Samson perform today? Plus India has a ton of young players doing really well in the domestic circuit. Pujara should eventually be tried in ODIs and he will bring solidity to the middle order with a FC average of 55+ Dhawan just got a century and a 90 in NZ and Rohit got a 70. These players are still new and have time to evolve. This past winter was, for quite a lot of them, their first foreign tour. Compared to other teams like England, India has a bright future with a lot of good talent coming in.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 21, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    @AshwinMS Both Karthink and Patel have below average record in international matches and I dont think they even belong to international level. I cant see an Indian Wicket keeper batsman with such great such great consistency like Dhoni. I remember in the past India asked Dravid to Keep wickets for the team, since they dont have a decent wicket keeper batsman in their domestic circuit. You never know. in the future you might see Kohli keeping the wickets for your team..lol. Future of this Indian team already looks bleak as their No.4 and No.5 spots are already vacant. Raina and yuvi are fading away with their performances. Shikar and Rohit are getting exposed at the top in overseas wickets. DhonI is getting older. Future is not looking great for india. We might see your team losing to associate teams regularly in the future.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 21, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    @GaneshIyer Till last year, KXIP was one of the few teams that played as a team. Their overseas players rarely fired, with the exception of Marsh and Miller (and Mahmood towards the end) and the team still won half of their games playing as a team, with the local players like Mandeep and Gurkeerat gelling together. Thus far, Maxwell and Miller have dominated the batting, but Pujara played a lovely supporting role today. The team is a new one and it will take a while for them to come together as a team. RR ans CSK have pretty much the same core, as last year, so they have more chemistry.

  • POSTED BY Pardeepchandel92 on | April 21, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    It is really dispointed for me that there are no place for any domestic indian bowler in Ipl because they are being threshed by international batsman very badly. Because it is clear indian domestic bowler has been taken cleaner by international batsman

  • POSTED BY GaneshIyer on | April 21, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Punjab is a 2 horse team, Max & Miller. It has always the same, through out their IPL journey. They never play as a team. That is where a chennai or Rajasthan are so good. I know that Rajasthan has not won IPL since the first edition. But you can see the effort each player puts into each match and always punch above their weight. Both the teams have excellent man management and team ethics. They play for each other.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 21, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are going out of their way in this year's IPL to demonstrate that they are really finished as cricketers of any caliber. Yuvraj won't be far behind them. In the meantime, Mumbai's owners must feel really stupid about having let Maxwell go. Can't wait for Punjab's game against MI, by the way! Today's game was breathtaking for the two M's big hitting vs Rajasthan. Oh, well. (From an RR fan)

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I am becoming a Maxwell fan very fast. Not because he has scored 89 and 95 at strike rate of 200, but because of the way he works in the mind of the opposition. Rajasthan initially protected the off side and he smashed them on the onside, and soon he had the off side fielders inside the circle so that he could bring out his reverse sweeps.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 21, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    KXIP can't keep relying on Maxwell and Miller to bail them out everytime. They need to sort out their bowling. I don't understand why Rishi Dhawan was left out after he bowled so well against CSK. He needs to be brought back in. Balaji is also too expensive and not a threat at all. I would put Sandeep Sharma in as he is a genuine wicket taker. Johnson seems to be getting back into form. His last two overs were really good, barring one delivery. He made the batsmen scamper around for byes and leg byes so that bodes well. Akshar Patel was brilliant today. He had two chances to dismiss Watson, but was unlucky (Miller made up for it with the bat though). I would like to think Kartik had an off day too. So the next XI should be 1) Sehwag 2) Pujara 3) Maxwell 4) Bailey 5) Miller 6) Saha 7) Akshar 8) Dhawan 9) Johnson 10) Sandeep 11) Kartik. Awana and Balaji have been really wayward and need to be dropped so they can work on their discipline. We need Johnson at his best.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    Maxwell and Miller have done the incredible act once again for punjab. Seriously, maxwell is evolving to be one of the better talents as far as the shorter formats of the game is concerned. His previous two innings reminded me of the terrific innings that he played against Pakistan in Chittagong, where he nearly took the match out of the grasp of the Pak. Good going guys. If they carry on with this superb form, we can expect more mockery of big scores in this tournament...

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | April 21, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    @Albert_cambell What if we say Sanju Samson will replace Dhoni?He is one of the youngest players in IPL and see the way he play against world class players.He has decent records in first class cricket.ANd he isn't the only one,although he was in a bad form last time,Dinesh Karthik is a very good WK Batsman.Parthiv Patel can bat well too.It's a joke if you say Dhoni is the only good WK batsman India got.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    merciless hitting by maxwell & miller # kingsXI punjab

  • POSTED BY on | April 21, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Both Punjab and Maxwell are perhaps peeking too early and together which may not be ideal. Where is Sewag these days? Can't score in local , now IPL also.. Gone past his expiry date on the pack... He will do well go on his terms now rather than be sent home... Let some local youngster come in soon...

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Punjab has very strong batting line up this as opposed to their bowling...wish their bowling department learn something from their mistakes..

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | April 20, 2014, 23:27 GMT

    Maxwell is fast becoming the most dangerous T20 player in the world.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | April 20, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    India doesnt have Wicket keeper to replace Dhoni in the future. After Dhoni retires India will struggle. He is a Wicket keeper who can bat and also a good finisher as well. He is probably Indias best WK batsman. I Remember in the past they used to play some ordinary Wicket Keepers like Nayan Mongia. India will start to lose many games after Dhoni retires, since they dont have a decent WK batsman in their domestic circuit. It will be a joke if someone says if this Sanju Samson going to replace Dhoni in the future. I dont know how is India going to survive in the future without a decent WK batsman and a decent Allrounder. That one man Kohli cant save them all the time.

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | April 20, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Maxwell is a dangerous player ! His strike rate is phenomenal and he is a clean hitter.

  • POSTED BY Anurag_Chandak on | April 20, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    When players like Maxwell and Miller are going at you at full throttle, there is only as much as you can do. Well fought by RR. But KXIP were just too good.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 20, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    Mumbai must be really feeling stupid now after letting Maxwell go. I hope the world now accepts WHY Maxwell is rightfully the million dollar man ! Nobody even comes close. Well done KXIP. This championship could be yours if you keep winning like this. Still, the bowling needs improvement because there will be a time when you need to bowl last.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    What a sweet game to relish within a gap of 2 days, with the same set of performers doing a clinical performance as they did against CSK!.As said earlier a star performer is born for the Aussies, who is continuing his form from recent ICC World Cup !

    For the Proteas also, they have got an almost similar star who seems to take pressure in his own stride and his fifty in just 19 balls is the second fastest in IPL.The duo between them scored 140runs in just 64 balls with equal no of sixes and delicious reverse sweeps from Maxwell and it was a run feast match

    Sanju & Watoo also scored quickfire fifties helping the team's cause, but unfortunately was on the losing side.

    It seems KXIP winning successive matches [ie back to back matches]seem to be happening for the first time.

    When we watch such high scoring matches, the natural expectation from all teams in whatever venues & pitches is to raise the bar and present the fans, sumptuous high scoring entertaining matches, every time !

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    sehwag manan vohra maxwell bailey miller dhawan jhonson gurkeerat (wc) sandeep karthik balaji patel perfect 11

  • POSTED BY snbirdi on | April 20, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    I'm starting to get frustrated with Sehwag's "I don't have to prove anything to anyone" attitude. Yes you do Sir! After almost going unsold in this year's auction, Punjab showed faith in you, so forget an India comeback, you're finished at that level, but YOU HAVE TO prove and justify Punjab putting faith in you.

  • POSTED BY cricketlover111 on | April 20, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Maxwell and Miller and the likes are dining out on weak bowling attacks in the IPL. I can understand how the tournament is good for Indian batsman but unsure how young Indian bowlers are benefitting from being hit for 12+ an over by international batsman. Maxwell and Miller would not even yet be considered top class international batsman looking at their records against the world's top bowlers, they score most of their runs in the IPL. I guess this is what the crowd pays to see regardless of the quality!

  • POSTED BY cricketwatchdog on | April 20, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    All well uptill now, get dhawan back for balaji and bring in gurkeerat 4 awana, maxi and gur can and will still share 4 overs between them 4 less. That will really make this team in formidable

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 20, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Welldone Punjab for yet another great chase. Batting looks really fearsome and that maybe the reason our bowlers are going for plenty as other teams want to score few runs extra as cushion. But it's not working for them due to form of Punjab batters. Keep it up guys and do think of including The Perera for MJ as this would strengthen our batting.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 20, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    Maxwell Miller= MaximumKiller

  • POSTED BY mantrathegreat on | April 20, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Karthik, Awana, and Lakshmipathy Balaji were extremely expensive, especially Karthik's over that went for 21. Hats off to Akshar Patel, 4 overs one for 22.And the wicket of Shane Watson. Bailey got 15-odd last match and dnb this game. I say bring in Thisara Perera for him as he can provide big hits and medium-pace bowling. Also bring back rishi Dhawan for Kartik and Sandeep Sharma for Awana. But great batting performance by Maxwell, Miller and Pujara. GO KINGS XI PUNJAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    Sehwag's comments that he does not have to prove anything to anyone shows his poor attitude towards the sport. A professional athlete has always got to prove himself not only to the fans but also to the club which is paying for his salary. He also needs to show the improvement in his performance if he ever wants to get back in the national team. He can not just sit back and expect fans and the management to keep rewarding him for his past performance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Whether KXIP win the IPL7 or not..for sure they will be the most entertaining team with the kind of fire power and class they possess.Just watching Maxi and Miller bat is a total value for money...besides there are still others in the team who will also fire in the due course.All in all a great prospect moving ahead for the fans of Punjab...unlike Mumbai which looks like the most boring and listless team this year.Cant imagine they let Maxwell,Dwayne and Johnson slip off their hands at the auction. Hard to believe that poor Shaun Marsh cant find a place in the playing XI

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 20, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    pujara the unsung hero for keeping one end unscathed

  • POSTED BY Cyber_Baba on | April 20, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    In the previous KXIP match, Miller & Maxwell scored bulk of the runs. Royals had one spinner for Maxwell but none for Miller. An off spinner to fade out Miller's killer blows was required. Bad team selection. When Maxwell got out, KXIP still needed 12 an over, an off spinner could have easily made them score 15 or 16 runs an over in the last two or three overs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    MI think tank who decided anderson iver Maxwell must be thing what made them to do so. Many team must thank MI think tank to provide them good players and selcting medicore players for themself...do not know what went wrong withAnil kumble and co when sat for auction. Well hats off to glen and miller for super show.

  • POSTED BY Lanka1003 on | April 20, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    In the ultimate match day, if any one player miller or maxwell fail .. the team punjab will loose.. take my word.

  • POSTED BY Katey on | April 20, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    David Miller has scored fifty+ in both his innings, and hasn't yet been got out, despite living dangerously and aiming to score uber-fast as he had to with big totals to chase down. Both times he came in at 5. I wonder what score he might set up if he was brought in in sooner in the game? We know from last year he is capable of scoring 100+ and quickly too.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 20, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    Guess the price maxwell is going to get in next IPL bidding

  • POSTED BY usernames on | April 20, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Madness! Miller, Maxwell!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    Ugliest inn by any batsman I have seen was this inn by Pujara.

    ................The only place he can hit 4 is behind sq using bowlers pace Just employ 3rd man & fine leg & he won't score a single boundary. He was dropped of a dolly too

    Clearly shows his limited timing.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    KINGS X1 PUNJAB ROCKED !!!!!! RAJASTHAN SHOCKED !!!!!

    It was M & M ( MAXWELL & MILLER ) show AGAIN ........

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    wht a match ,some guys told it wil be boring except their country men and some bla bla .hahahah ipl rockzzz.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 20, 2014, 18:14 GMT

    Great play by Maxwell and Miller...Our indian folks need to start peforming now! They just can't rely on Maxwell and Miller all the time!One bad play by both of them might lead to loss!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    it's mohali playing with fantastic maxwell and killer miller

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | April 20, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    KxiP bats man in some form. Rishi Dhawan must play who was most economical bowler against CSK. Team is powerful in batting like CSK but have some weakness in Bowling unit. Yet to see how they go about their batting when they bat first against batsman dominated teams like CSK. Time to see. Most astonishing things about XxiP is their caption GB is yet to bat even after ;)

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 20, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Million Dollar Maxi! What a beast.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I think Indian inexperienced bowler exposed in three overs which maxwell took the game away, otherwise a goodish bowler he will strugle

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    DEVA:Give extra money to KXIP cheer leaders#Brutal attack ‪#‎Maxwell‬ ‪#‎KXIP‬

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    royals should have played extra spinner

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    ipl 2014

  • POSTED BY chandranand on | April 20, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Dear Admin team, Both teams named as Rajasthan Royals in the passage.

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | April 20, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Go and win it Rajasthan Royals.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    i think Punjab or RR will win IPL 7 as they have players to win games from impissible situation like MI had till last year.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Its a battle between specialists vs bits and pieces players. And in cricket later stands no chance against former.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    KXIP should have gone with Karthik for Awana and not Rishi Dhawan.

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  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | April 22, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    The way Maxwell mastred Ashwin in the first match reminded me of Neil Harvey, the great Aussie suthpaw, when first visited India in 1956, the local press start writing that Subhash Gupte will tie up Harvey. When th paper cutting as shown to Harvey, he told that if Gupte has a reputation, then S DO I. And in the second test at Mumbai, Harvey mastered Gupte and scored a superb 140 runs and Gupte was never the same bowler again. In the second match, we thought that he may fail, but he again batted brilliantly nd put all the RR bowlers to the sword and lead his team to victory. Currently his strike rate is 200 plus. I have a gut feeling that he may be the first player to cross 1000 runs in a single tournament. The way he is playing and if he continues to play like this, he is destined to break all IPL batting records. IGNORE Y FIRST LETTER. SECOND ONE POSTED WITH CORRECTIONS. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni, Midnapore

  • POSTED BY keralite on | April 21, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    If Sehwag and Johnson finds form, the champions will be Punjab.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    The biggest match of this season will be RCB v KXIP. Gayle kohli abd vs maxi miller bailey sehwag

  • POSTED BY atulks1963 on | April 21, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    The way Maxwell mastred Ashwin in the first match reminded me of Neil Harvey, the great Aussie suthpaw, when first visited India in 1956, the local press start writing that Subhash Gupte will tie up Harvey. When th paper cutting as shown to Harvey, he told that if Gupte has a reputation, then S DO I. And in the first test at Mumbai, Harvey mastered Gupte and scored a superb 140 runs and Gupte was never the same bowler again. In thesecond match, we thought that he may fail, but he again batted brilliantly nd put all the RR bowlers to the sword and lead his team to victory. Currently his strike rate is 200 plus. I have a gut feeling that he may be the first player to cross 1000 runs in a single tournament. The way he is playing and if he continues to play like this, he is destined to break all IPL batting records. A.K.Srivastava, Salboni

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | April 21, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    KXI has 4 matchwinners, sehwag, maxwell, miller and bailey and any two of them get going then they can win matches batting second.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | April 21, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    'Maxwell maximums' are soon becoming a patent of IPL.As things look now,every 'half dozen' hit in IPL will have a new name which may become more famed than orig.,more loved even!Sounds better too!Maxwell showing hes greatest young bating talent in world.

  • POSTED BY SajMc on | April 21, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    Why is manan vohra not playing in the eleven. After he is the only player to be retained by kings 11

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | April 21, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    I'm one of those cricket fans who tend to be on the bowler's side & love games with low scores, but this batting game was one of the better games. Great entertainment by both teams & exciting batting by Maxwell & Miller.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 21, 2014, 9:51 GMT

    Max/Miller certainly the leading act in this years IPL! Not sure about some of the criticism of Pujara, though. Please note he anchored the innings for the 'big show' and Miller, crucially facing HALF the number of deliveries of his partners. Perfect support role, facing 2 balls per over and offering stability for the big hitters to go for gold.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 21, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    loved the game. great batting by Maxwell, untouchable. RR should seriously think about sitting dhaval out. its a shame at that level a bowler can't bowl wide Yorker. he costed us the match in my opinion. ipl keeps getting better every season!

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    KXIP should have gone with Karthik for Awana and not Rishi Dhawan.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Its a battle between specialists vs bits and pieces players. And in cricket later stands no chance against former.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    i think Punjab or RR will win IPL 7 as they have players to win games from impissible situation like MI had till last year.

  • POSTED BY AshwinMS on | April 20, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Go and win it Rajasthan Royals.

  • POSTED BY chandranand on | April 20, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Dear Admin team, Both teams named as Rajasthan Royals in the passage.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    ipl 2014

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    royals should have played extra spinner

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    DEVA:Give extra money to KXIP cheer leaders#Brutal attack ‪#‎Maxwell‬ ‪#‎KXIP‬

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I think Indian inexperienced bowler exposed in three overs which maxwell took the game away, otherwise a goodish bowler he will strugle

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | April 20, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    Million Dollar Maxi! What a beast.

Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 20, 2014

Maxwell, Miller maul massive target

The Report by Sidharth Monga
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Kings XI Punjab 193 for 3 (Maxwell 89, Miller 51*, Pujara 40*) beat Rajasthan Royals 191 for 5 (Samson 52, Watson 50) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Highlights - David Miller's assault on Rajasthan Royals at the finish

Lightning has struck twice. After they made mockery of a 200-plus chase in their first match, Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey said this was not going to happen every day, and that his bowlers needed to turn up. The bowlers failed to turn up again, but Glenn Maxwell and David Miller made light of another massive chase. The numbers there were staggering: between them Maxwell and Miller smashed 140 off 64 balls, smoked 12 sixes and reverse-hit and caressed eight fours. What made it better was that this came against the best defenders in the IPL: this was the first time Rajasthan Royals lost after posting 190 or more.

Kings XI had got off to a sluggish start, their promotion of Wriddhiman Saha had backfired, and the asking rate was 10.5, to be maintained over 17 overs, when Maxwell walked. The ask would cross two a ball as soon as in the 10th over, and a struggling - by T20 standards - Cheteshwar Pujara would make it more difficult for Kings XI. Maxwell, though, turned it into a 'me' v 'them', farmed the strike to the tune of 45 balls to Pujara's 23 in the partnership between them, and ran away with the game with 89 off 45.

The innings was full of incredible hitting, preying on one considerably shorter side boundary and the short straight ones. He began by going after Kane Richardson in the fifth over, moments after Richardson had failed to latch onto an incredibly difficult return catch to his right. The first ball of the next over he smacked Pravin Tambe over square leg, and then eliminated - for the time being - the other big threat, James Faulkner. It began with the first ball of the over again as he flicked a low full toss for six, but he stunned Faulkner with the fifth ball of that seventh over. Faulkner had every reason to believe he had done Maxwell in with a slower bouncer, but from almost halfway down the pitch Faulkner adjusted and upper-cut him for six.

Tambe and Rajat Bhatia pulled things back with their non-turning legrollers, and not much pace to work with. The asking rate shot past 12, and Bhatia began the 11th over with fielders deep on the leg side, and three men behind and around point in the circle. This is when Maxwell in the Mirror made his appearance.

Two reverse-sweeps either side of short third man and one reverse-flick over cover later, Maxwell had gone well past his fifty, and had also brought the asking rate back under control. The next over from Dhawal Kulkarni had a similarly strong leg-side field, and Maxwell produced his touch play again. One upper-cut, one flick, and two gentle pushes past the man at cover brought him 16 runs. And when Maxwell manhandled Bhatia for two sixes in the next over, time had come for Royals to go back to the big guns.

On came Richardson, too much elevation got Maxwell, another century was missed, and Rajasthan were breathing again. They had little clue they were about to jump from the frying pan into the fire, the fire of Miller's 51 off 19. Miller came in with 66 required off 36, which became 60 off 30 with a canny Stuart Binny over, and three quiet deliveries from Tambe compounded it even further, but now Miller began to pick his deliveries to hit. Even though Tambe bowled the next ball short, Miller smashed him over long-off for six. Pujara sort of took care of the next over with a four and three, and now Kings XI needed 37 from the last three.

Richardson and Faulkner had one each left. Royals went to Kulkarni for the third. They could have gone to Binny, who had cut off all pace, and had conceded just four in his only over. They could have kept Kulkarni back for later, and given him a slightly softer scenario if Faulkner had bowled the 18th and got the asking rate even higher. But these decisions have to be made fast, and Kulkarni it was. Kulkarni's idea was right: he was going full, he was going low, but Miller was murderous. Kulkarni didn't miss his yorkers by much, but Miller hit him for four merciless sixes to end the contest then and there.

Bailey will be pleased he has been proven wrong that such chases don't come about every day, but he will want more from his bowlers and fielders. The bowling was listless, they dropped two catches too, and Sanju Samson and Shane Watson feasted on them. Mitchell Johnson, the leader of the attack, looked dull again, bowling just the one bouncer, with which incidentally he hit the batsman. Looking back, they will think that they had triumphed in not letting them score big fifties, but Bailey is right, these chases don't happen every day. Except when Maxwell and Miller are at their best.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo