Kings XI v Sunrisers, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 22, 2014

No stopping Maxwell and Kings XI

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Kings XI Punjab 193 for 6 (Maxwell 95, Bhuvneshwar 3-19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 121 (Balaji 4-13) by 72 runs
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Last season, Glenn Maxwell was the punchline to tons of millionaire jokes. He warmed the Mumbai Indians bench for much of the campaign, and was a peripheral figure in the three matches he did play. This time, the season is only a week old, and he's not just played three matches, he's been the Man of the Match in each.

The people laughing now will be Kings XI Punjab's owners who will view the million dollars they sunk on Maxwell as a bargain given the three impressive wins he has orchestrated at the start of the season. If the previous two victories had been thrilling encounters in which Kings XI hunted down massive scores, this was a forgettably one-sided affair after Maxwell put on a show again to lead the side to 193. Especially after L Balaji removed David Warner and Aaron Finch in the fifth over.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have a dangerous top order - any of Shikhar Dhawan, Warner or Finch can single-handedly transform a match - but they also have a dangerously unbalanced batting line-up. After the big three, the batting is alarmingly thin - KL Rahul is still finding his way at this level, Venugopal Rao isn't someone teams are going to worry about too much, Irfan Pathan is a spot too high at No. 6 and Darren Sammy is great at providing the finishing touches but less proficient at building the base.

Once Mitchell Johnson accounted for Dhawan and Balaji made his double breakthrough, it was a hour-long dirge for Sunrisers' fans before it ended in a crushing 72-run defeat, leaving them with plenty of questions over the composition of the team.

Warner won't just be disappointed with his low score, but also with his botched catch that reprieved Maxwell on 11. With Wriddhiman Saha slotted for No. 6, Kings XI don't have too much depth in their batting, something Sunrisers could have capitalised on had Warner held on to a fairly straightforward chance at long-off in the 10th over.

Instead, the chance went went down and Maxwell went on to pillage 95 off 43, including nine sixes. The highlight of the onslaught was the 13th over when Maxwell effortlessly cleared midwicket off the first three deliveries before launching one towards the sightscreen to take 25 runs off Amit Mishra. This innings had fewer of the switch-hits and reverse-sweeps and was more about clean hitting down the ground and, especially, over midwicket.

It was the prefect setting for Maxwell as the openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag had provided a fast start from which he could build. He had plenty of luck as well - besides the Warner reprieve, he was caught off a no-ball, a skier was in the air for ages but evaded everyone when it landed at midwicket. Sunrisers also didn't bring on their main weapon, Dale Steyn, when Maxwell was in the midst of his carnage. Till he was 72 off 29, Maxwell faced neither Steyn nor Bhuvneshwar Kumar - both of whom combined to limit the damage at the end of the innings.

Still, though Kings XI didn't reach the 200 that they looked nailed on for, they reached a total which proved far too much for Sunrisers.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh28 on April 26, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Balaji's reemergence as a pace hope for India is good news!! He is accurate bowler!!

  • Srikanth_J on April 23, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    To make a turn around they need some batsman, may be pick Eion Morgan(Eng), Chigumbura(Zim), 1 each from Holland/Ireland/Bangladesh. Atleast they will swing the bat blindly, whatever the pace..they can dig-in later after connecting some..

  • CricketMaan on April 23, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Dhawan as captain is not a great choice. Sammy might find it difficult to captain indian players! That leaves with Finch as a possible alternative.

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Oh God. If the players stopped respecting the captain then the team is doomed. SRH needs to hurry and make Sammy the captain. Although SRH has some very good players. It will take only a couple more games to set the morale low for good. So even with the unchanged side they need a new captain.

    They also need to work on the middle order. Move any one of the top three, preferably Dhawan as he is out of form, to the middle. Or bring in Brendan Taylor in place of Finch. That will open up a spot for an extra batsman in the middle. Dhawan Warner Brendan Taylor Venugopal Sammy Irfan Karan Bhuvi Mishra Steyn Ishant

    I would keep Irfan for a couple more games in place of Venugopal because he is an allrounder and a pinch hitter. But he should bat after Sammy. But they need to bring in Ishant and finish his 4 overs at the start because Ishant is always expensive at death overs.

  • kaka125 on April 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Maxwell is just playing a positive cricket,he knows exactly whats this format(t-20) is all about,his slog sweep and reverse sweep are main weapons against any spin attack,no matters either its a world class spinner or some one ordinary.

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Maxwell already given two lolly catch to opp during match against #CSK nd #SRH but both chances are vanished. so he took advantage against them. Some one have to beat him as bowl good yorker or out swing out side off stump with good length. because all runs come for maxi from deep squareleg as he played slog sweep. Maxi is a player who can play ortho-unorthodex cricket shot over 360 degree at ground. so far we witnessed impose him to play to coverside is the trick to take his wicket.

  • sameer_hyd on April 23, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Maxwell batting reminds me of young Ricky ponting. fearless cricketer with good technique....why are everybody calculating size of boundaries suddenly when Maxwell is hitting sixes...in India boundaries are much smaller for IPL matches and still we praise dhoni,rohit sharma and co. for hitting sixes without checking boundary size's....In match against CSK in dubai..the ground was very big and he hit many fours in gaps..."he is hitting mediocre bowlers" ...ashwin,amit mishra are international bowlers..also getting out on 95 twice ..most of asian players will slow down to reach hundred..but he doesn't care..even in match against CSK he did not raised his bat after reaching fifty.I am an Indian but i appreciate maxwell's amazing start to this IPL..

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    all the 4 Foreign Players were demolished by BALAJI last evening

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    it is not that maxwell is unstoppable. he gives some chances to the fielders but if the fielders are not upto their task......the best thing about him is his confidence as david miller usually waits for his turn in the dug out when maxwell walks out.

  • ad2810 on April 23, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @Jegganathan since a year ago shikhar dhawan is more or less the regular opener in the team across all 3 formats.. so i suggest u read up

  • Naresh28 on April 26, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Balaji's reemergence as a pace hope for India is good news!! He is accurate bowler!!

  • Srikanth_J on April 23, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    To make a turn around they need some batsman, may be pick Eion Morgan(Eng), Chigumbura(Zim), 1 each from Holland/Ireland/Bangladesh. Atleast they will swing the bat blindly, whatever the pace..they can dig-in later after connecting some..

  • CricketMaan on April 23, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    Dhawan as captain is not a great choice. Sammy might find it difficult to captain indian players! That leaves with Finch as a possible alternative.

  • on April 23, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Oh God. If the players stopped respecting the captain then the team is doomed. SRH needs to hurry and make Sammy the captain. Although SRH has some very good players. It will take only a couple more games to set the morale low for good. So even with the unchanged side they need a new captain.

    They also need to work on the middle order. Move any one of the top three, preferably Dhawan as he is out of form, to the middle. Or bring in Brendan Taylor in place of Finch. That will open up a spot for an extra batsman in the middle. Dhawan Warner Brendan Taylor Venugopal Sammy Irfan Karan Bhuvi Mishra Steyn Ishant

    I would keep Irfan for a couple more games in place of Venugopal because he is an allrounder and a pinch hitter. But he should bat after Sammy. But they need to bring in Ishant and finish his 4 overs at the start because Ishant is always expensive at death overs.

  • kaka125 on April 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    Maxwell is just playing a positive cricket,he knows exactly whats this format(t-20) is all about,his slog sweep and reverse sweep are main weapons against any spin attack,no matters either its a world class spinner or some one ordinary.

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Maxwell already given two lolly catch to opp during match against #CSK nd #SRH but both chances are vanished. so he took advantage against them. Some one have to beat him as bowl good yorker or out swing out side off stump with good length. because all runs come for maxi from deep squareleg as he played slog sweep. Maxi is a player who can play ortho-unorthodex cricket shot over 360 degree at ground. so far we witnessed impose him to play to coverside is the trick to take his wicket.

  • sameer_hyd on April 23, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    Maxwell batting reminds me of young Ricky ponting. fearless cricketer with good technique....why are everybody calculating size of boundaries suddenly when Maxwell is hitting sixes...in India boundaries are much smaller for IPL matches and still we praise dhoni,rohit sharma and co. for hitting sixes without checking boundary size's....In match against CSK in dubai..the ground was very big and he hit many fours in gaps..."he is hitting mediocre bowlers" ...ashwin,amit mishra are international bowlers..also getting out on 95 twice ..most of asian players will slow down to reach hundred..but he doesn't care..even in match against CSK he did not raised his bat after reaching fifty.I am an Indian but i appreciate maxwell's amazing start to this IPL..

  • on April 23, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    all the 4 Foreign Players were demolished by BALAJI last evening

  • Pathiyal on April 23, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    it is not that maxwell is unstoppable. he gives some chances to the fielders but if the fielders are not upto their task......the best thing about him is his confidence as david miller usually waits for his turn in the dug out when maxwell walks out.

  • ad2810 on April 23, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    @Jegganathan since a year ago shikhar dhawan is more or less the regular opener in the team across all 3 formats.. so i suggest u read up

  • JustIPL on April 23, 2014, 10:38 GMT

    @vipinchirackal, bhuvaneshwar also did not get a stick but he did not face maxwell much. Ashwin is still under pressure due to latest defeat in t20 worldcup while others you mentioned are not at the top of their game either.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    Kings XI doesn't have to bother about their batting, but will have to improve in their bowling only. Because any injury or fatigue to their batsman there is an another hard hitting man in their side line - Shaun Marsh - Best of luck for Bailey & Co.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:18 GMT

    For SRH,Finch and Warner are world class openers and they will be most usefull together.Sikhar can come down at no 3. Use Naman at No4, rahul at 5 and samy at 6, Irfan can come at 7 use Rasool at 8 to stengthen batting Amit,Bhuvi and steyn will form the tail

  • ani.. on April 23, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @Ahmad: Excuse me??? Have you ever heard of a brilliant player called Sir Donald Bradman?? he was a purely textbook player and his average... 99.94!!! and not just him, there were Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Jaques Kallis, etc. And why Maxwell is so successful? IT'S BECAUSE HE MANIPULATED THE FIELDS AND USED HIS FEET,NOT BECAUSE HE ONLY PLAYED SLOG AND REVERSE SWEEP!!!!!!!!!!!! If you have noticed(I don't think you have) Maxwell uses the slog and reverse sweep strategically. So don't call the batting manual obsolete because it was made by people who KNEW HOW TO BAT!!!!!!

    P.S. Maxwell was also dropped of a pretty simple and regulation catch. It's not about the number chances you get, it's about how you make use of them.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    have been supporting Kings XI since the IPL started because it was being led by another great Australian Cricketer Adam Gilchrist . Its the team to beat this season

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    indian bowler just perform in the ipl.

  • on April 23, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Maxwell Smackwell

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    Why this "Shikhar Dhawan" guy is a captain? He is not even a regular in Indian side.

  • bharathyprims on April 23, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    This IPL season will experience MAXWELL MANIA....... Good going we need more fire works from ...MAXimum WELL........

  • martinmoha on April 23, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Maxwell going great, what a player he is. a real nightmare for bowlers. its very difficult to decide who is more dangerous among MAXWELL, chris gayle,kohli,devilliers,miller, BRENDON MCullum and yuvraj. But very unfortunate for people of uae and sharjah not to have player of such a high calibre like AJMAL,AFRIDI,AMLA,AKMAL,GULL etc.

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Pravez Rasool is a good handy Allrounder for SRH.Just give him a chance.He is in good form. .There are many more Indian Players sitting in the dug out ..waiting for a chance.Poor Rasool waiting for a chance.On the other day we have seeen Pandey bowling for Chennai.He is a good Handy bowler.Soon we will be seeing playing in ODIs

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    No stopping "Mad Max". Keep it up Glenn Maxwell

  • Dev_Sachinfan on April 23, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    @ iahp

    Sat Apr 26 15th match - Kolkata T20 v Mohali T20 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    haha.......everything is ok with Punjab, but if u compare Pujara with Dravid, its like comparing Blender's Pride with Jack Daniels .......just bcz both r alcohol...... lol anyways...Punjab doing really well, but then its a 14 league match series b4 playoffs......so need consistency

  • on April 23, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @lesley95. We gonna go there are we... maxwell with all his bludgeoning. . kxip score 193. srt with all his finess mi score 182. that's just 10 runs.. srt had first 50 of 40 odd balls and next 50 of 20 something... playing for yrself ??? seriously... also it was not srt's fault they lost. polly and malinga went for a cimbined 85 in 7 overs. .. who's to say tuskers wouldn't have scored those extra 10 runs in the last over of munaf.. especially woth hodge still there.... so please

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    fokes, who think punjab is depending only on maxwell need to check punjab lineup and come back and comment.... we got baliey, miller, sehwag (unpredictable, but who is predictable in 20-20). pujara plays the role of dravid (close enough). then johnson... can hit long way. perara.. hard hitting bats man. so plz find some other reason for ur team loss not maxwell.

  • apusumit on April 23, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    kXIp is the team to beat .lets see how the team plays once Maxi gets out cheaply. Really believe Marsh should be played instead of Bailey. But the issue lies with captaincy.kXIp,CSK,RCB,Kolkata are the semifinalist for me,Rajastan will fight hard.Mumbai in bottom two

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Mumbai have lost both their opening games and would be wondering why they let Maxwell go!! Pollard could do a similar job for them but they just dont seem intent to want to let him bat more than 5 balls. The picture is clear. Maxi comes in at 3. Try Pollard at 3. Simple.

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    Pujara (one who has mastered batting as per batting coaching manual) failure vs Maxi (a clear defiant of batting coaching manual) conquest vs same opposition & conditions proves that batting coaching manual is obsolete & must be discarded altogether

    From the ugly hard hits that Pujara attempts every ball, which hardy cross incircle, it is evident that he has tried his best to score fast but is unable to do so bcz coaching manual doesn't have a practically effective method to attack spinners

    As far as charmed life is concerned Pujara was miss-stumped & dropped of dollies too

    Spinners ER & avg in this tournament is 6.5 & 27 but against Maxi it is 15 & 80. Shows complete conquest vs spin even on Asian tracks. Clearly proves Maxi is the finest player of spin

    Post Maxi's conquest of spinners he must be considered as an institution on how to play spin. Against spin he never uses feet instead employs slog sweep & reverse sweep exactly what commentators & coaches forbids. SWEEP KILLS SPIN.

  • lian_14 on April 23, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    @Anubhav Agrawal not sure that's a fair judgment of Bailey. I mean he hasn't really had any proper time to bat. He finished 17 n.o. against CSK, didn't get to bat in the 2nd game and hardly got to face any balls in the 3rd game to get his eye in before he had to go for it (not to mention he had to face steyn and bhuvi, who were both bowling really well at the end). It's just a matter of time before he gets the chance to properly contribute, and I think he will do well especially when the ipl moves to india (we all know what he did last time he was in india)...

    And also, I think he makes the batting look balanced. And with him there, the top order can really have that licence to go for it, because they know that they have a strong middle order (so the likes of sehwag, maxwell and to some extent miller are able to just go for it knowing that if they lose their wicket, then there's still bailey there to maybe resurrect the innings).

  • sreehk on April 23, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Liked the way Bailey, Maxwell, and Miller went and congratulated Balaji after his spell. Especially Bailey putting his arm around Balaji, it was just a moment but what is commendable is despite the busy run of a captain Bailey made it a point to immediately acknowledge brilliant performance by his key player. That is some captaincy, leadership, and humility. In the hindsight SRH must be ruing why they did not buy Bailey and Maxwell instead of Warner and Finch.

  • ladycricfan on April 23, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Balaji's two wickets of Finch and Warner in his first over effectively killed SRH's chase. He took all four foreigners' wickets. Real contender for MOM, more deserving than Max who was lucky to survive so many chances.

  • sreehk on April 23, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    SRH is facing the inevitable. Not surprising that they are being let down by their batting. In fact their batting is almost non-existent. They do not have a single reliable batsmen. Finch and Warner might explode for a new year but not the ones for averages. Dhawan is as unpredictable batsman. Did the selectors at auction not think of this? Huge question on Srikanth, Moody n Laxman. Shockingly they did not go for a single killer buy in both Indian and away players. They just wasted the auction in not buying enough good batsmen at auction. Worse they don't have any back up. The franchise deserve the wooden spoon, ironically for an otherwise good team. At least they could have bid for Pujara, Badri who can hold one end. The auction shockers are having an effect now!

  • lesley95 on April 23, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    April 15, 2011 - last ball of the innings, sachin tendulkar (Mumbai Indians) needs 1 run to complete his 1st t20 century, pushes the ball to mid on and completes his 100. Result Mumbai Indians lost April 22, 2014 - Glen Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) needs 5 runs to complete his 1st T20 century, caught at long off trying to hit a six. Result Kings XI Punjab won. Question is who played for personal glory and who played for his team??

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    And Yes dhawan should not be captain...he is not the best person for the job even if sammy wan not in the team...I think real on-field captain is sammy and it should be denoted officially as well...no pride in having an Indian captain of a losing side in any case..

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    sunrisers with sangkara was not that good...now it looks awful...even with great bowlers...however it has to be said that Punjab took a lot of risk and it came off...the ground was small as well...bowling is not a worry but batting is...Warner and Finch are not in absolute form...dhawan is as good as yuvraj...moody and once in a blue moon type of player...Venu is of lower pedigree and Sammy is once in a blue moon too.. They needed one solid batsman at the top and one ab devillers type player in the middle...they invested too much in bowling rather than batting...Punjab is lucky that maxwell is in form but maxwell's strategy has loopholes and he is bound to destruct before IPL ends...Bailey needs to show better batting form..

  • class9ryan on April 23, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Pujara is certainly improving, I think it might take him a season or two to get used to hit quality bowlers at will. Even Kallis's T20 batting improved after second season of the IPL. So give him time, he will succeed at some point of time.

  • on April 23, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Dhawan - I am still struggling to understand the "tactics" of the sunrisers skipper yesterday. We all know Maxwell is in "red-hot" form at the moment. So when he walks into bat what did most of us expect Dhawan to do ? - bowl either steyn or bhuvi or both from each end to try and get Maxwell out before he gets set. Wrong answer - instead in his wisdom Dhawan brings on both Sharma and Mishra who Maxwell pretty much "feasted" on by hitting them further and further out the park Talbeit with a huge slice of luck courtesy of Warner). Be that as it may, you make your own luck and for Dhawan not to bowl either Steyn or Bhuvi to Maxwell until th 16th/17th over is downright criminal. He needs to get his act and tactics together fast or else I can see the Sunrisers finishing rock-bottom this year courtesy of, both, a lop-sided batting line-up and negative tactics of their skipper!!!

  • ladycricfan on April 23, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    The way Maxwell plays his (unorthodox) shots he will always give you chances. But he has instilled such a fear in the opposition minds that the fielders look nervous when a catch come along and spill it. Main thing is to stay relaxed. No ball from Sammy was just unfortunate. If Maxwell's form continues kxip will surely reach the play offs. He is winning the matches for them single handedly.

  • soumyas on April 23, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    @SL-IS-THE-BEST.... The main reason behind English players missing IPL every year was their summer seasons and international assignments overlapping. SL board knew all that well and still arranged for a touring with them. IPL owners can't pay for non availability. but you can watch out for malinga, Murali, Perera...

  • avani on April 23, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Tips to the next team playing against Punjab11. 1. Maxwell struggles with low medium phase (Against eg: likes of Bhuvaneshwar, Binny) So. put slow medium bowlers against him. 2. Most importantly grab the catch he gives in the 1st opportunity itself. He gives one or two chances but you have to grab it in its 1st itself.

    Thank you

  • on April 23, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    Maxwell deserved a hundred in all three games... unfortunately, he missed out at the last moment in all three.

  • SL-IS-THE-BEST on April 23, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    We also would have enjoyed if Sri Lankan players are there, anyway good luck for all the teams. Missing the fun had during T20 WC :-(

  • waheed1233 on April 23, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    The weakest link of SRH is their captain Dhawan. With "Zero" captaincy skills and not being able to make the necessary changes on-field was evident yesterday as well. His aceptance as captain within the team is also questionable as - in all the matches, Steyn was not at all happy with the fielding set and he alone was setting field as per his requirements and almot all the time, Mr. Captain was not even in the camera frame. Such happens when you set a "Below Par" indian player to lead a side with real big names like Steyn, Warner, Finch and Sammy. SRH need to had over captaincy to Sammy if they want to stay in the competition.

  • PRAFIE on April 23, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    Hyderabad batting line up should be ; 1.shikhar 2.warner 3.ojha 4.finch 5.henriques 6.rao 7.pathan 8.karan 9.steyn 10.bhuvi 11.mishra

    this team can do wonders , as they have a strong batting line up and bowling line up as well. Warner should open the batting as he is the man who can give them a flying start. And this team can defend totals as they have a good bowling attack. hoping to see SRH winning a lot of matches and giving a good fight unlike yesterday, the match against punjab.

  • on April 23, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    kings xIpunjab is going to win this season nd man of the tournment is going to be maxwell

  • on April 23, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Dhawan is utter waste. he is looking out of sorts.

  • cris89 on April 23, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    @Philip_0132: When people say that Pujara is a good Test batsman, it means he is capable of surviving good balls and batting for a long period of time. Pujara's century on a square turner in Mumbai against England where Kohli struggled to put bat on ball is testament to his skill. I'm happy that he is not doing well in this T20 farce. His game is attuned to respecting good deliveries and putting away bad ones, not swinging at every third ball. I'll stick my neck out and say that he'll score more runs in England than Kohli.

  • german1 on April 23, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    Make Sammy captain sun risers

  • soumyas on April 23, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    This guy is a new gayle, there is no gayle storm who is yet to play in this season, but IPL lives to its reputation of throwing new surprises and challenges at you. more and more foreign players are evolving through this IPL. Talent management plays important role in IPL. Same guy maxwell had to sit on bench last season for mumbai. Their greediness in getting all the big names had spoiled talents like maxwell. If you provide freedom of playing one's own game and ensure the place in playing 11 you get the best out of them is a lesson to learn. Good luck to all the bowlers...

  • SHAHUDHA on April 23, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    what a man is maxwell.....???

  • Marcel_Ci on April 23, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    player is the one who can play any time of match in any condition..... Pujara is lagging far far behind..... wat does it mean wen ppl say he is a test material? can't understand..... kohli ABD are really far ahead of these mediocre pujara kind of players.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 23, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    To eveyone saying Maxwell is riding on his luck...he is not the only one. Many players have had reprieves, he has just made his count. And KXIP does seem to depend on him, but Miller has contributed a lot too and Sehwag and Pujara have provided two great starts. Bailey hasn't had much match time and I think he should come up the order soon just to get some practice. But with such a packed line-up, someone is bound to fire on a given day. Barring a really off day, KXIP's batting looks fine. Bailey is proving to be a great influence as he keeps the team together and they seem confident and have high morale. He can't be dropped.

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    I think steyn should have bowled when warner dropped a catch of Maxwell in karan sharma bowling. Maxwell was not able to score runs of steyn , and steyn bowls fast and yorker (Like malinga). So from now on the captains should bring in the pace bowlers when he is batting around. Regarding the batting order of SRH , it should Be 1.Warner 2.Dhawan 3.naman ojha 4.Finch 5.Moises Henriques 6.rao 7.pathan 8.karan sharma/ishant 9.dale steyn 10.mishra 11.bhuvi ... This should be the 11 where the batting order will have a stability , and a good bowling line up .. They can have opt for ishani or karan seeing the conditions. And presence of finch , Henriques and pathan in the end overs will be a good boost.

  • Snambidi on April 23, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    In this it20 league,the fixtures are so arranged to make surprises.the most felt surprise is none other than MAXMILSespecially Maxwell who is determined to dominate. His one man show has already fetched 3 wins in a row with 6 solid points in pocket.Next win against Kolkatta & Mumbai would make the surpriseMaxwell complete as wellas the ReamMohali a surprise of this Indian T20League. Further wins would ensure the trophy for them. Any how,the performance until now is a clear indication they deserve to own the Cup this season. Wher is afar Mahmoud of Pakistan?Hashe left theoutfit or yet to show?

  • KANCHANA623 on April 23, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Hyderabad are badly missing Thissara perera.

  • KANCHANA623 on April 23, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Hyderabad are badly missing Thissara perera.

  • naren1983 on April 23, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Captains & Bowlers should start thinking about Maxwell how to get his wicket. As pointed out, Dhawan didn't bring his main bowlers like Steyn & Bhuvi when Maxwell was playing. Bailey realized and gave Maxwell the perfect place in the team, who can take the game away from opposition if he plays 30 plus balls. SH should create balanced team, bringing Henriques at No. 5, replacing Warne and couple of changes at middle order needed. Team should be 1. Shikhar 2. Finch 3. Naman Ojha 4. Venugopal Rao 5. Henriques 6. Sammy 7. Irfan Pathan 8. Mishra 9. Steyn 10. Bhuvi 11. Karn Sharma/Rasool. Irfan and Naman Ojha places can be swapped and try for few games. Other teams also should think and give better place to specific players like Duminy at No.3 for DD, he proved he is a match winner, even SA realized him late.

  • on April 23, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Hello Hyderabad, Do not panic - We can't bring in any additional resources now

    Open the bowling with Bhuvi, Karan sharma and use Steyn wisely in the middle and slog

    Try Battng order - Dhawan, Venu/Naman, Finch, Pathan, Warner, Venu/Naman, Sammy

  • DMK12155 on April 23, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    Poor move from Dhawan to hold Steyn and Buvi back till its way too late. If he applied pressure earlier, things could have gone well for SRH. Thank god he isnt the one to captain india after dhoni. Dear Dhawan, learn from Kholi how to be a captain. You got to lead from the front. if you cant do the bowling changes right, at least do something for the team with the bat!!

  • Kashi0127 on April 23, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Like someone commented, this could get start boring. If Maxwell starts belting Sixer's very third ball, the sixer novelty wears off

  • lian_14 on April 23, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    People calling sehwag to captain and bailey to sit out for marsh or perera is just stupid esp when sehwag himself doesnt want to captain. Bailey provides that calmness that is required on the field esp to calm down some of the youngsters and sehwag himself has praised bailey for being so calm and composed and encouraging of the bowlers when they didnt do so well in the 1st two games Bailey also adds that stability to the middle order and balance to the side that will be required when the likes of maxwell or miller fails which they are bound to. He hasnt been required as yet because of some unbelievable batting, but some time in the ipl when a collapse does occur, we could trust in bailey to deliver as he so often does in a crisis in the shorter forms If kxip were to bring in marsh, the batting loses that balance as the side becomes like sunrisers, top order heavy, while if we bring in perera, sure he adds the hitting power but not too sure about stability if we do lose a few quick ones

  • LongLiveTestCricket on April 23, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    To those commenting on Dhawan being SRH captain, agree that he has been poor,but whether one likes or not you have to play atleast 7 Indian and max 4 foreign players, so making a foreigner captain blocks one foreign player spot automatically and if he is out of form then it becomes a problem just as it was for Ponting, S'kkara,Matthews,Jayawardene who struggled last year.On same lines KXIP would be better off having Marsh/T.Perera in place of captain Bailey. Regarding the game, SRH have a serious problem with their batting as they picked too many bowlers and forgot about batsmen.Still have Ishant,Holder & Rasool waiting along with the 5 bowlers who played in the game.Finch had a poor last IPL as also Warner to an extent.Dhawan,Patel were giving them good starts last year which is the problem now with struggling top order.Only Taylor as wk, Henriques as all-rounder are available which says a lot about the poor strategy considering Finch and Warner to some extent had a poor IPL last yr.

  • vijon1111 on April 23, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    @by MelbourneMiracle ::Just check teams Thisara plays for Kings XI man

  • pradave17 on April 23, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    Pujara is really a bad choice and kinda barrier for the fast rhythm. If they want a stable and tolerable batsman in the opening, Bailey should come as an opener. Pujara's batting ability for Test matches is undoubted. But for T20s, he is just a ball waster.

  • vijon1111 on April 23, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Man...Thisara Perera is in Kings XI side now

  • vipinchirackal on April 23, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    @justiplaverage local bowling dtock.he played to faulkner,richardson,bhuvaneswar,watson,aswin etc..these bowlers are considered as the best t20 bowlers and he simply destroyed everyone except bhuvaneswar. and still you think he played to the average bowling.dont say anything just for the sake of saying

  • on April 23, 2014, 4:38 GMT

    Another one-sided match. Looks like the pitch starts misbehaving in some venues when the team chases (in the second match). DD and now SRH. How on earth do SRH goof up selection? After Finch, Warner, and Dhawan, they don't have good batsmen! Sammy and Irfan are more for #6 and 7. So Venu Rao and Rahul are not that good. Poor venu was kept out of the Indian side when he was good. Now he is not that good. SRH let go of Thiasara and Parthiv who would have been useful. They should have bought a couple of good Indian batsmen. Should have retained Thisara for Finch.

  • MelbourneMiracle on April 23, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    @Yohan Silva: May be in the next auction. Because in the midst of the series you can't buy players from other teams. Because bailey plays for KXIP whereas Thisara plays for SRH :D

  • AjitDJ on April 23, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Dhawan is not captaincy material. Most of the time he has no clue what he's doing. Captaincy should be given to someone like Sammy. He will do a much better job of it. Secondly, it also looks like Hyderabad team has the curse of their captains going out of form. It happened with Laxman, Gilchrist, Sanga and now Dhawan.

  • Marcel_Ci on April 23, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Wath the hell Pujara is doing? Can't believe he is cricket player seeing his batting these days.... these guys really find it tough to adjust to the match conditions...

  • on April 23, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    what a man zinda will be very happy unlucky for mumbai. one man army hope punjab will be reach semis...

  • on April 23, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    If Hyderbad the City of Nawabs and fair-minded Nizam's are to become competitive they should Sammy as their Captain.

  • JustIPL on April 23, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    He is making a lot of those jealous who are playing in their backyard but he is unstoppable. He is lucky enough that mostly he is facing below average local bowling stocks and also the boundary ropes must be closer as well. He was not fluent against Steyn however.

  • anver777 on April 23, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    When Maxwell was with MI, he never got a permanent place, now with KXI he's got the perfect batting spot & performing with more confidently.... Maxwell is clearing maximums with so freely & effortlessly. May be MI is regretting for missing this best hitter in this IPL !!!! certainly a good buy for KXI !!!!!!

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    It is time The Sunrisers thought about bringing in Thisara Perera, the only guy who can match Maxwell stroke for stroke. Pity they are keeping him away and losing each match. people who watched T 20 world cup final saw how he had controlled aggression which was right for the moment.

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    Max...M(K)ill...Well- er... what a pair.....

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    Bailey should be replaced by Thisara Perera. Kings XI will be more stronger.

  • on April 23, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    it must be hard for india supporter to see maxwell performance..... AUSSIE all the way.....

  • on April 23, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    maxi showing a t20 exhibition. youngsters to learn lots of t20 skills from him. it is all about maxxxxxstormmmmmmm. punjab is a two man m&m army. all d Best...

  • David_Boon on April 23, 2014, 1:05 GMT

    Who does Darwan think he is opening ahead of David Warner? His captaincy in the field was terrible, Maxwell faced nothing but spinners and destroyed them in the most predictable fashion, and he clearly has no idea how to set a batting lineup, putting himself in before Warner. What is with this trend of having terrible Indian captains, just because they're Indian? I thought Gautam Gambir was the worst captain I had ever seen but Darwan seems to have no clue, I even saw him arguing with Steyn! Darren Sammy has captained his country, quite successfully too, and would be a far better choice for captain.

  • on April 23, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    That one over from Balaji (his very first one), when he dismissed BOTH Finch & Warner; effectively was the end of the match. There are dozens of fans who had been crying out loud for Irfan, and hardly any for the low profile Balaji. But the latter delivered. But look at their bowling today; what a contrast. Irfan could not compensate the poor bowling with batting either.

  • lian_14 on April 23, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    I would like to point out how KXIP looks like a really close-knitted team on and off the field, and to some degree, Bailey as captain (& the snr players) is to be credited for that. From player interviews and such, I heard he's been working a lot with the players behind the scenes, especially the younger players.

    Although he has not fired with the bat (& hasn't been put in a situation where he has needed to), I think he is an invaluable asset to the team in terms of not only his calmness in leading the team, but what he does behind the scenes as a captain.

    You don't need to look much further to see his influence as captain, such as what he's done with the Tasmanian cricket team (a team built of, to some extent, players who have been rejected by other states) and the Hobart Hurricanes over the years.

  • LoungeChairCritic on April 23, 2014, 0:29 GMT

    Maxi is different. No doubt about it. It takes a lot of skill to reverse sweep like he does. On the sub continent you need to sweep spinners to put the pressure back on them. In my opinion I think the Oz selectors will think about including him in the test side to play Pakistan in September. Although test cricket is a totally different format, I think there is a little bit of Dave Warner braveness in Maxi. To be a quality international cricketer you need inner confidence and a bit of bravado.

  • on April 23, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    superb maxwell . . . MAX-WELL

  • crimsonbull on April 23, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    I would Like to wait till midway of the IPL7 to see if Maxwell is the phenomenon he seems to be.

  • on April 22, 2014, 22:48 GMT

    IPL is all about fun in ultimate cricket. Country doesn't matter, teams doesn't matter either. It's fun to watch along with Cheer leaders and it is all about players individual performance. Way to go IPL.

  • on April 22, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    However, KXIP's over dependence on Maxwell will backfire if others are not contributing. The scores and result today would have been reversed had Maxwell fell cheaply and either Warner or Finch who are also capable of doing a Maxwell type of innings, fired on all cylinders. This is were teams like Bangalore and Chennai is going to be the favorites as they have multi-dimensional players. The non-deliberate swapping (by auction) of D. Smith and M. Hussey by MI and CSK shows which team has the long term thinking cap! The ageing Hussey might not last after this year and MI will feel the pinch of not having Maxwell and D. Smith. To me, the final four will be: CSK, RCB, RR and KXIP with SRH at fifth.

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on April 22, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    @Devon Sharma - Not luck.. he's got a good eye and knows how to hit cleanly. Add to that his spin bowling and amazing fielding ability and we have a great talent...bro. Just gotta appreciate that.

    Punjab have 25% of their foot into the Semi-Final slot already

  • SAF. on April 22, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    I don't understand why Sammy isn't captain of SRH. He's won a world cup as captain!!!

  • on April 22, 2014, 21:39 GMT

    the biggest mistake of the richest owner of MI.... eagerly waiting to enjoy the match RCB v/s KXP..! its like...Maxi v/s Gayle.... and Miller v/s ABD.... he looks like a smart killer.... not like the brutal killer as Gayle!

  • on April 22, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    What is it with the Player of the match. Should of been Balaji not Maxwell. The IPL is so batsman friendly that they ignore a top bowling effort that wins a game. 4 wickets at 3.25 runs an over....in 20.20 that is more impressive.

  • on April 22, 2014, 20:51 GMT

    I think that Maxwell is riding on luck and very poor bowling.it is stll early in the season.bowlers still trying to find rhythm and hit their straps.let's see how he goes after 6 matches.i must add that the level of fielding and catching thus far is appalling.let's hope that it improves as the season progresses.

  • on April 22, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Still Manan and Marsh are missing from the squad and Kings XI's are rocking. I think Viru should take the challenge of captaincy thus team can manage Marsh too for fewer games.. Pujara can be replaced by Manan/Gurkeerat for fewer games.. Well it's balanced side... All the best

  • MWaqqar on April 22, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Kings XI wins have a big drawback, only one batsman is scoring. Maxi has to fail one day, then we would know how good is team Kings XI.

  • Alexk400 on April 22, 2014, 20:24 GMT

    They need to make sammy captain. He is better fit in t20 with some lusty hitting. WIth sammy sunrisers will fight

  • Blackholesun on April 22, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Unstoppable MaxWell ! Just awesome shot making ! Some says he is riding his Luck, sure he is, but he knows how to say "Thank You" to the Luck by what he has done till now. If catches are dropped, it is not his fault. The writing is on the wall .... "if you drop me, ill make you pay" and he has done exactly that.

    At this moment Kings XI is team to beat. Their other "M" Miller is also a very dangerous player.

    M (MaxWell) + M (Miller) != 2 M but M Square !

  • on April 22, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    Maxwell is a Shark. With his razor sharp teeth he had just crunched the ball out of the park...Bravo!!!!

  • on April 22, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    For How much long, Maxwell will be able to Slog Sweep his way, but still have to give credit to this guy for having a heart to take risks and go all out. Swapping Ishant for Pathan is a bad move.Yes, Ishant is unpredictable, but on his day, he will be unplayable, whereas Irfan can never impact with his bowling. Having 5 Genuine bowlers made RR to Hop to just to chase 130 odd runs.

  • iceaxe on April 22, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Used to be a skeptic, but now becoming a Maxwell fan.

    Great to see him playing so well. Sure takes a lot of pressure off him given the $$ he was bought for. If he keeps this up, he will be head and shoulders above everyone else for this years IPL.

  • Sevarino on April 22, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Runs on the board is runs on the board. Maxwell is hitting the ball powerful and clean 80% to leg. Its a joy watching him be fed those hittable deliveries. Its still early days in this tournament, the teams will come up with plans for him.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Maxwell MAxwell MAXWELL!!.... what an entertainer, what a player..... he has performed unbelievably in IPL this year. Increased its popularity and gave people another reason to watch IPL and especially watch Kings XI Punjab games......This guy is a perfect modern day batsmen, he had got the muscle, the skill and really good head on his shoulders to play according to the field.... which I think has been his biggest strength behind his success........SRH haven't got the balance right this year and their middle order is the weakest of all teams....everybody had high hopes from them, including me, but its looking pretty gloomy for them now.... Punjab doesn't have greatly balanced team either but they do have perfectly balanced batting lineup.....

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Dhawan's captaincy is the biggest weak point of the SRH team. First of all, a captain has to gel well with his team. Warner missed Maxwell's catch and I did not see Dhawan coming up to him and consoling him. Later when Warner took two catches, we can clearly see he was not in good mood and Dhawan was no where near him at least trying to cheer him up. By the time the batsmen came to chase, they weren't high on morale today and it is visible that Dhawan wasn't trying to boost up the team's morale. Dhawan is a self involved player and he cares about whether he can score big or not, and captaincy is just an additional duty on him. When we have a proven T20 Captain in Sammy, why choose Dhawan as a captain? It is as ridiculous as MI choosing Harbhajan and Rayudu to retain and gave away Maxwell. Sammy should captain SRH if they have to even think about reaching Play Offs.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:24 GMT

    No offence to other IPL teams but i can relate this IPL with world cup t20 and the associate teams. Like the associate teams fighting for the qualifier spot, the ipl associate teams would be fighting for that 4th spot..while the first 3 spots in semi finals have been reserved for Chennai, Punjab and Bangalore. Rajasthan heads the ipl associates, followed by Mumbai or SRH.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    He survives on missed catches..now over lets see how they perform from now on

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    Maxi striked at above 200 SR no one else even crossed 150 SR...................Maxi scored 95 no one else scored even half his runs entire match despite facing same bowling, same fielding unit.

    He is miles ahead of the rest & people trying to find faults in him. All teams should learn from Punjab & sent their attacking players up the order so that they can get set, use up deliveries & hit at will. The deliveries used up by Maxi , Gayle or Devilliers is not a waste, it is the investment. But deliveries consumed up by orthodox players like pujara is only waste as they cannot accelerate to 150 + SR ever

  • OMGK on April 22, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    SRH wl not win as long as dhawan captains the team.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Can't figure out the Sunriser's strategy. Why hold Stein back when Maxwell is on fire. Only someone like Steyn could douse that flame. Instead they passed the ball to ordinary mortals who got creamed by the fire breathing Max. Well, at least the Kings of Punjab got their money's worth from Maxwell; the fans got to see what real fireworks is. A great day for cricket and cricket fans.

  • gaurav_92 on April 22, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Kings XI should include Thissara Perrera in place of Bailey, who is currently adding little value. Thissara would not only bolster the innings with his beligerent stroke play, but also chip in with his handy seamers. It will strengthen KXIP's defiecient bowling attack, on a day when their batsman fail to score 150+. They are riding on Maxi, Miller and co to provide big totals, with their bowlers contributing very little. Still early days but Johnson hasnt been seen on his Ashes terror spree as yet. I hope they bring back Murali Kartik to support Akshar Patel in the spin department.

    My XI 1) Sehwag (c) 2) Pujara 3) Saha 4) Maxwell 5) Miller 6) Perrera 7) Patel 8) Johnson 9) Kartik 10) Balaji 11) Sandeep Sharma

  • fairfan70 on April 22, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    Kings 11 Punjab will probably fight for the top spot based on early indications. On the other hand Sunrisers will fight with Delhi for the last spot.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    SRH bought players from the teams that were at the bottom the last few years. So it will be no surprise if they brought SRH to the bottom.

  • on April 22, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    I am pleased to see a stronger Kings 11 courtesy Maxwell and Bailey. I really could not understand last year's Punjab line up where an obslete Azhar Mahmood was their best overseas player. I am extremely happy to see Kings 11 on top of the points table and Maxwell disappearing the criket ball all over UAE.

  • iahp on April 22, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    When is the 2nd match between KXIP and KKR, i see only one match i.e on 11th may in the fixtures ?

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    SRH made a big mistake by picking up Dhawan as captain. He does not know how to use his bowlers. Sammy should be the captain.

    Dhawan should come down the order.

  • LiverpoolAllTheWay on April 22, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    What a three performances from Maxwell and three man of the match already! Obviously there were luck with MAxwell but we always gonna moan about luck and forget the talent this player has! This player stepped up big time this IPL! Chris Gyale living in his shadows! All the good luck to Punjab and Pretty Zinta this season!

  • kohli_is_future on April 22, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    Srh with such a poor fielding you can't expect to win matches. Warner, finch and dhawan are supposed to be their strength instead they are turning out to be their weakness. Top3 are key to any form of the game but especially in t20s it is must. But with this woefully out of form top order they can't even finish in top 6

  • CricketChat on April 22, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    While there is no question Maxwell was the main reason Kings XI now has 3/3 wins, he did have have plenty of luck when he had catches dropped early on in each of his 3 innings. Still credit to him for taking advantage of his luck. Kings XI will struggle to match this success when both GM and Miller don't fire in the same match. Unless their form dips alarmingly, they look a sure shot for the play offs.

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    Perara for jhonson will make it big.......Sehwag,pujara(Mandeep),maxwell,miller,bailey,perara,saha,a.patel,Rishi,balaje,awana(sandeep).......

  • BUNTY_851 on April 22, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Aaron Finch 3. Srikkanth Anirudha 4. Brendon Taylor 5. Daren Sammy 6. Moises Henriques 7. Paarvez Rasool 8. Amit Mishra 9. Ishant Sharma 10. Bhvuneshwar 11. Dale Steyn SRH should try this team

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    A thing of note. L Balaji removed all foreign players of Sunrisers. Awesome bowling by one of the true IPL veteran.

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    Max/Miller will rock the IPL, in a +ve manner. Clean hitting after watching the delivery.

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Well well.. what to say. Maxwell is limelight of this season IPL. He has bamboozled his way to top, making this IPL worth a show. Let's see how it turns out.

  • on April 22, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    Due to Maxwell and Miller big chance of punjab to win this ipl . MI had made strange auctions as do hyderabad . BIG match would be betweem KIXP VS RCB .HELL OF A CONTEST would take place between these two

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Not a big fan of Maxwell but as a cricket lover, I know awesome hitting when I see it. Maxwell was unbelievable thanks to some poor captaincy and bowling by SRH. Shikhar Dhawan is proving a liability as a player and captain. Warner and Finch also showing why they are over hyped and useless. Sammy cannot win games all the time and Irfan Pathan's chance to get back into the Indian team is now officially over. I cannot see SRH win anything this season. In fact, I already know who will be the three bottom dweller this season: Delhi Daredevils, SRH and Mumbai Indians.

  • nikhil_tawde on April 22, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    Some random thoughts... Well played by MOHALI T20 today. They deserved to win this match. HYDERABAD T20 need to look at the balance of their side if they really want to win any matches this season. Also MUMBAI T20 will be cursing themselves for leaving Maxi big show. Players left by MUMBAI T20 have benefited CHENNAI & MOHALI T20. MUMBAI T20 will rock.. guess what... the bottom of the points table along with DELHI T20. The INDIAN T20 LEAGUE is not going to be much of a success this season as it has many controversies surrounding it. I think JAIPUR T20 has a good chance of qualifying for playoffs, while BANGLORE T20 will qualify for playoffs as well but not for finals. Although KOLKATA T20 have a good team they may not qualify for palyoffs.Overall this INDIAN T20 LEAGUE is not to be as successful as the previous editions of the tournament.I really hope the controversies surrounding the INDIAN T20 LEAGUE get solved.We have good cricket being played which would be the center of attraction.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 22, 2014, 18:02 GMT

    Before anyone says it was another Maxwell show, yes it was, but the openers did really well. They played out the swinging ball, they played relatively fast, and they were steady. Pujara is really coming into his role and Sehwag will always play like Sehwag. Miller and Bailey were both trying to accelerate so they went for the big hits. Maxwell made the best of his chances, but I'm pretty sure that had he failed, one of the other two would have stepped up to post a decent total anyway. The bowling is also coming together. I was against Balaji's inclusion, but fortunately, he proved me wrong. He was bowling to short in the previous matches and I think he jsut improved his areas today. Johnson is getting back to his best and had a couple more chances for wickets. Sandeep Sharma did well and adds control and variation to the squad. Patel is turning out to be really good. Dhawan deserves a longer run. He had a bit of an off day, but he can bounce back. The fielding was much better too.

  • D-Coach on April 22, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Good win for KxiP. Hard luck in the field for SRH. The first thing in SRH cards is to change the captain who is not in form or inspirational at all. Second thing they needs shuffle the batting order since their middle order is not experienced. A.Mishra does I.Sharma who can not sustain to the situation when batsman set to launch at him. Still lot to learn for A.Mishra for how to go about in unresponsive pitches. He can not fill the place of R.Ashwin in near future.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on April 22, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    I will be pleasantly surprised, if SRH can win even a single game this season. And I will be dumb founded, if DD's can win another game this season.

  • Greatest_Game on April 22, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    Sunrisers will get nowhere if they don't do something about Dhawan, Warner & Finch. The top order is a joke. Bring in Brendan Taylor immediately. He has been in great form over the last few years, and is a very good keeper too. Taylor or Sammy would be better captains than Dhawan.

  • on April 22, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Maxwell is riding on luck....let's see how long he will ride it.

  • nothingnew on April 22, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    What a performance by KXIP . for next match i like to pick up Tisara perera instead of Bailey. Shewag can be captain . team is too balance then

  • on April 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    KXIP is rocking inthis season and maxwell is dancing on it .All the best for next maatch and go on rocking.

  • on April 22, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    seeing Maxwel playing like lightening Mumbai Indian bigwigs must me ruing the fact that they didn't use him properly last year in spite of paying him a bomb and let him go this year.

  • A.Ak on April 22, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Very bad captaincy by SRH. When Maxwell playing, why didnt he use his best bowlers (they had 4 overs btw them). Whats the point of keeping them till the slog overs!. KXI scored 100 runs in no time with slow bowlers bowling in the middle overs. Maxwell is scoring well but is very lucky.

  • on April 22, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    More the sixes Maxwell hits,double will be MI pain as they did not retain him. Strange auction by MI who gave away all their key players to CSK and Punjab and did not buy good players in replacement. Punjab will win IPL 7.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 22, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Maxwell now has the top three highest scores for the tournament so far! Don't see that often...

  • ksquared on April 22, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    No one is going to stop Glenn Maxwell who is in the form of his life!!!! he is probably the best T20 striker going around at the moment.

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat not out Max is the king

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    something is wrong with hyderabad feilding , they drop atleast a catch or two for a match... bowlers cant win matches if feilders let em down

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Best way to contain Punjab.. To get the openers out.. If you get them you are in for a trouble.

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Kings xi has clear advantage in this match.inform maxwell and miller are doing job for them.srh has a good bowling line up but there is less chance of affluence of them.srh batting line up to diliver to restrict kings xi hattrick. all the best both of teams Play well...

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    A excellent bowler play in sunrises

  • TSJ07 on April 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Last two matches KXIP made selection mistakes IMO and they won. Now today and they are on the spot with the selection and I hope they don't lose. All the best KXIP!

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  • TSJ07 on April 22, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Last two matches KXIP made selection mistakes IMO and they won. Now today and they are on the spot with the selection and I hope they don't lose. All the best KXIP!

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    A excellent bowler play in sunrises

  • on April 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Kings xi has clear advantage in this match.inform maxwell and miller are doing job for them.srh has a good bowling line up but there is less chance of affluence of them.srh batting line up to diliver to restrict kings xi hattrick. all the best both of teams Play well...

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Best way to contain Punjab.. To get the openers out.. If you get them you are in for a trouble.

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    something is wrong with hyderabad feilding , they drop atleast a catch or two for a match... bowlers cant win matches if feilders let em down

  • on April 22, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat not out Max is the king

  • ksquared on April 22, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    No one is going to stop Glenn Maxwell who is in the form of his life!!!! he is probably the best T20 striker going around at the moment.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on April 22, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Maxwell now has the top three highest scores for the tournament so far! Don't see that often...

  • on April 22, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    More the sixes Maxwell hits,double will be MI pain as they did not retain him. Strange auction by MI who gave away all their key players to CSK and Punjab and did not buy good players in replacement. Punjab will win IPL 7.

  • A.Ak on April 22, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Very bad captaincy by SRH. When Maxwell playing, why didnt he use his best bowlers (they had 4 overs btw them). Whats the point of keeping them till the slog overs!. KXI scored 100 runs in no time with slow bowlers bowling in the middle overs. Maxwell is scoring well but is very lucky.