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

Maxwell makes Sunrisers pay

Plays of the day from the match between Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Sharjah

The surprise onslaught
Cheteshwar Pujara has had a difficult time adapting to the Twenty20 format, a struggle that continued today as well. He had reached 3 off 8 deliveries when Dale Steyn, the premier fast bowler in the world, was brought back for his second over. Just as his fans braced for more laborious, ineffective strokes Pujara began the over with a crisply-struck lofted boundary to cow corner and unleashed two more fours in the next three deliveries. The gamble of giving Steyn an extra over in the early stages had come unstuck.

The drop
With Glenn Maxwell in the form he is in, the opposition need to grab every chance he offers. If Sunrisers Hyderabad could have chosen which fielder they wanted to take a skier from Maxwell, they would have picked David Warner. It was Warner who was under the ball when Maxwell miscued towards long-off in the 10th over. Warner was quick off the rope and was perfectly positioned to pouch it, but he inexplicably missed it, adding to a lengthy list of dropped catches this season. He barely got his hands on it, before the ball hit him on the midriff and fell to the ground. A moment later, Warner too was lying on the ground, clutching his head in disappointment. Maxwell was on 11 at that stage.

The miss
Two balls later it was Pujara who offered a chance. He charged down the pitch and launched the ball towards long-on. It wasn't going to clear the rope, and Darren Sammy was getting in line with it near the boundary. At the last moment, though, Sammy seemed to lose the ball in the lights, and turned away from the ball. He was facing the crowds as the ball whizzed past him for a one-bounce four.

The overstep
Even before the ball had got to Warner for that dropped chance, Sammy had been celebrating the dismissal of Maxwell. In the 15th over, he waited till the catch was taken in the deep before giving Maxwell a send-off. The smile was wiped off, again, though, when the umpires asked for the replay and saw that Sammy's front foot was well over the line when he delivered the ball.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Vinod on April 23, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    cheteshwar pujara cant be a bad player in any format. the previous match and the batting with maxwelll seemed to be a joke but we know the guy is capable of doing much more than t20s. we are looking for his help on bigger occasions :-)

  • Android on April 23, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    @Ahmed uetian totally baseless comments... Maxwell has had a considerable share of luck in all his 3 innings and btw we have seen innings like these in test cricket itself from sehwag ; so no need to call Maxwell the finest.... and then I bet Maxwell won't score half the number of runs in test cricket as pujara will.... even in this IPL his bubble will burst soon.... just wait and watch

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2014, 8:53 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

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    I am just wondering if there is a problem with the lights as so many catches are being dropped . Some really exceptional fielders have been dropping sitters. But what do you make of Maxwell? How do teams stop him ? Should Steyn have gone hammer and tongs at him when he came in and when he was still finding his feet, But people like Maxwell are providing so much entertainment that they have to be valued and cherished. who knows how many youngsters want to be another Mazwell and that is a great thing for cricket in India. Ramanujam sridhar

  • syed on April 23, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    If a player can contribute in winning 10 matches of 14 then he has done his job. If maxwell can do this for KXI then he is worth a million dollar baby. The important thing about maxi is that he is not one dimensional. He has range of shots. Now every opp team will come out with plans to counter him and the real test will start now for him.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    There was a movie Mad Max. This guy Maxwell is madder. He scores at will. Takes his team close to 200 in a T20 game. Surely he is worth the million that his team bid for him. What a treat for the fans as well.

  • Girish on April 22, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    2 out of KXIP, CSK and Bangalore will make the finals.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 19:30 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.

    These super hitter r exceptional bcz they can safely punish slightly bad deliveries which r obviously about 50 % of balls bowled, but orthodox players can only hit boundaries of highly inviting deliveries or of edges which r only a few on offer in a match

    This IPL has clearly shown there is no place for bit & piece batsmen or bowlers like Pathan. Only the specialists of spin, pace or swing have prospered

  • Gaurav on April 22, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Maxwell is certainly in the form of his life! Making the most it, he constantly targets the short leg side boundaries of Sharjah. T20 rage you may call it, is the way he played today while trying to deposit almost every ball he face over the ropes. Leg spin bowling has the potential to counter such predominant leg side play. Unfortunately due to poor captaincy by Dhawan, Karan Sharma and Mishra didnt continue to bowl to him during the initial phase of his innings. However, it would be interesting to see how he fares against the KKR juggernaut of Narine and Chawla, given they play with a normal sized leg side boundary.

  • Anubhav on April 22, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    The local players are not that effective and they are causing a lot of extra burden on internationals...hyderabad needed players like sanju samson

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