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  • POSTED BY Spin_Bully on | May 11, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Too late to comment!!! But worth a point to mention!! Mad Max was toying Saeed Ajmal during World cup T20. Does that mean Ajmal is over rated and hyped!! Funny comparing CSK fans with SL fans. What these KXIP fans were doing all these days!!! Hiding somewhere and Jumping around when their team started winning!!All these editions, CSK is the only consistent team and winner of IPL and CT. For them being arrogant is absolutely fine. It is absolutely necessary to have a mad max hitting, otherwise winning against CSK in this edition will be only dream. So please let KXIP team know that they need to have all guns ready when they face CSK in final. Dhoni will be already trying to crack the MAX-Miller Code.

  • POSTED BY aasif1982 on | May 9, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Ooooops...... here he is the man in form with giant power.Ponting part II has arrived for Aussis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The best way to prevent these Max and Miller is by allowing Viru and the other opener to play for 19.4 overs leaving just two balls one each to two M's And the bowlers will be happy. Why not try Kashinath

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Great to see so many hatred speeches against CSK. Way to go CSK.Good sign of champion side.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Mad Max = Mad Max damage. Well done Kxip

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 8, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Never thought Dhoni will give up that quickly.....if Faf came early things could have been different but never tried so not sure....why give up after couple of wickets..... disappointed CSK fan, truly think we had a chance...came to 187 with Smith out on the first over (and Dhoni's slow scoring pace).....

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 8, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @Haleos 42 FC average on the green seaming tracks of Australia is hard to manage and if we are being honest here, Indian pitches are way easier to score on. I am not taking anything away from Rahane or Sharma in the longest format, but for ODI's and T20s, Maxwell is better. The original argument was that he is not up to international standards. I was simply countering that by displaying some numbers. Besides, Maxwell has barely played compared to those two so he doesn't have that experienced. I am not saying he's a better FC player than them, simply that he has the potential to do well in all formats. BTW, I am Indian and do support my country before anyone else. i just give credit to talent where it is due.

  • POSTED BY StreetView on | May 8, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    It is quite interesting to see that most Indian fans hate Dhoni just because they are die-hard fans of legends llike Ganguly,Sachin,Dravid,Sehwag. Come on guys. He also plays for India. This is quite shameful. If your want to worship GODS/individuals then follow a game like Tennis. Cricket is not your game. If you still dont mend your ways atleast keep your mouths shut and dont spread hate in online forums and spoil the experience of neutral fans like me.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 8, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey - FC average of 42 is nothing to be glad about. T20 is a hit and miss anyway. FC detemines the real class of players where players like Rahane, Rohit will trump him anytime. Typical Oz attitude is what you are displaying.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 8, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Wowww...The best spinner of India was trashed. But not to worry he will get as many chances as he wants to prove himself till he retires.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Maxi is demonstrating to the world how spinners & medium pacers deserve to be treated.........................

    The best way to treat them is just slog them out of the park.

    Maxi only employs slog sweep or reverse sweep to spinners to destroy them............footwork is overated vs spinners. it is the sweep that kills spinners

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Again lost to MMB-3 [MAXI, MILLER & BAIELY]... Freaky Cricket from MAXI. Well done, #MAXI #MILLER #BAIELY #FAF. Hoping for Clever thinking from DHONI to maintain NRR. CSK's Payback time Qualifier 1: CSK v KXIP. Keep going CSK, doing great as usal. ROAR! Whistle Podu!

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    I think cricket will be better off without IPL

  • POSTED BY vinnyr on | May 8, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    This pitch was one made in heaven for Kings XI. There was absolutely no help for any type of bowler, as flat as could be. In such circumstances, Maxwell, in his current form, was guaranteed to get a big score. I would still bet on CSK to win on a pitch that gave some assistance to either spinners or swing bowlers.

    Maxwell is in great form, but he is a flat track bully and will suffer later on with pitches that turn or swing.

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | May 8, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Its just a bad day for CSK, But what hard is that its against Kings XI. But sure its a freakish day for King XI and well done for them. CSK have lots of positives to take link Faf back to form and without Smith we score 180+. Bowling lineup should be reconsider against Kings XI(only) as CSK will take them again in this season for sure.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 8, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @Yousufahmed11 Maxwell has been on the international scene for a little over a year now. He has an ODI average of 34+ with an SR of 124 (Those are better numbers than Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and similar to Suresh Raina). And thats counting his initial tendency to hit out. Recently, he thrashed Pakistan in the World T20, especially Ajmal considered by many to be one of the best bowlers in the world. He has a poor test record but that was because they took him in the team too early. His FC avg is 42+ which is pretty decent for a No. 6 batsman. Maxwell has enough talent to make it big at the international stage. Check your facts before you comment.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    by beating csk twice and still the only team to do so in this year makes some statement from the kxip. let see how will they fare in the playoff. ...Still Proud CSK fan...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I don't mind csk lost it here in the league stage. This team was featured in the playoff from 2008...Other teams only dream of that consistency. ..

  • POSTED BY Yuosufahmed on | May 8, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    Maxwell is just a highly overrated player because of IPL. At the international level, he is nothing but ordinary. This shows the big gap in International and IPL cricket.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 8, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    Wow, I have been reading these comments and almost everyone is bashing Dhoni and CSK for that chase. 231 is not a total you chase everyday. I read someone saying that had Dhoni batted positively, CSK would have won. In case you didn't notice, it was a freakish batting performance by KXIP. CSK's strategy of trying hard and consolidating was smart as at this point, NRR means more than points. They are still No. 2 on the points table and their NRR is healthy enough that they can get is up after a few good wins. Dhoni did try but losing Smith in the first over really set CSK back. Jadeja was sent in with the simple purpose of upping the run rate without losing a key batsman, NOT because they thought he was better than Dhoni/Faf. Also, when batsmen like Maxwell are in full swing, its really hard to bowl well or set a field to them. The pressure they put also make the bowlers make mistakes. There is not mucht he captain can do.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 8, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    dhoni said jadeja was their last dice means dhoni doesnt self-belief on his hitting only mindless fans believe anything can do by him. but really was proved by dhoni when they team need him at no.4 he doesnt come at that position that too he send faf who is poor in last 6 games shame all world praise him best finisher how he is best finisher with this selfish thinking even sammy and brovo promotes themselves when their team need fire in matches ahead off samuels, simmons last time dhoni comes up the order the match in their hands he dont dear to grab the win at high-volatge run chage

  • POSTED BY Chavala1206 on | May 8, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    once openers out earlier csk 50% loss when opposit batsmen hit their spinners well another 50% csk loss no hopes for best captaincy r finisher lost two overs any body can hit even pak bowler hits 50 against aus pacers in aus last time by mohammed aamir and ajmal

  • POSTED BY Chavala1206 on | May 8, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    all dhoni fans said dhoni is a best finisher then why he comeup the order and hit the ball. if you are really a world best finisher you have to your skills when this high scores make by other team. last time 205 chased by kxip he said when we are getting 200 others also gets 200 then why ur team doesnt get that.dhoni always comes up the order where there is a win already exists in 2r3 overs left 20/30 runs needed then then he come up the order and hit 2r3 sixes and phoses to media all was done by him

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 8, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    CSK's bowling option doesn't contain the opposition. Dhoni's belief in his batting depth is totally wrong. There is no point in keeping the same 11. Utilise the resources tactfully. I think CSK may not cross SF

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    dhoni as usual dropped himself when d target is unachievable. instead he shld have promoted ash ishwar Ben ahead of him so dat he remains not out n increase his avg.total disgust

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | May 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I would like to be considered half Sikh until the rest of the tournament! Up the Punjabi Australians!!! Nice to see our Aussie warriors score well over half the runs at less than half the overs, and to take 4 of the 5 wickets to fall. Bewdy mate.

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu on | May 8, 2014, 7:07 GMT

    CSK may have done better to have opted to bat first, since this was a belter of a wicket. Without taking away the skills of Max, Miller, Bailey and the rest of Kings XI, any team is under some pressure while chasing. Again CSK paid the price for not having Badree in XI. Sam Badree would have definitely provided the variation and edge over any batting line up. CSK better get him into play otherwise they are in danger of not passing beyond S/F.

  • POSTED BY HR1206 on | May 8, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    is jadeja equal to maxwell or he is better hitter than dhoni to come before dhoni duplesis its shame to dhoni as a good hitter he needs to come at 4 and try atleast if he is out earlier then go for nrr issue selfish batting by dhoni poor thinking

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    @yogifromny, yes we are arrogant and proud of CSK for simple reason. We are five time finalist, two time winners and winner of champion league also. and we don't mind minor blip here and there. We will meet kings xi in final and will show whom we are. Once again we reiterate that we are arrogant and proud of CSK. whistle podu.

  • POSTED BY Cricketfan11111 on | May 8, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    CSK was clinical as ever. When opposition scores enormous 230+ you need an explosive start. Once Smith and Raina fell, Jadeja was sent in as pinch hitter. When Jaddu was was also out they would've looked silly if they went for risky 6s and 4s and fell like pack of cards. They played safe, accumulated runs and looked after their NRR. It is commendable even without aggression they reached 187. It was a pleasing knock by Faf, much needed time in the middle. Bailey will also be happy about his contribution. Maxwell show goes on.

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | May 8, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    last time against also punished ashwin line in ipl

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Poor Ashwin..!! Take that for a hitting..!!

  • POSTED BY LoveTeamIndia on | May 8, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    CSK is still the favorites to win this tournament because of their consistency. But I am amazed that the two M's destroyed CSK twice and the world's best captain (?) did not do anything different to stop them. These incidents make me wonder whether Dhoni is the great captain that everyone claims he is or he is just lucky (that he got a great team from Ganguly, the opponents were not good enough, Srinivasan was always backing him etc.)?

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Dear CSK haters.... Yes we agree with Maxwell's performance... Think wat hapnd in NZ wn Mccullam Standed fr 2 days and bcame match winner with 300 notout and MSD we seen a fabulous innings in our life... We CSK lovers wont hate anybody personally we love to see who fires..Eg, Watson, Kohli, Samson,Pieterson etc and now maxwell as well...U CSK haters jst hating coz CSK... We r diehard fans frm 7 yrs of IPL... We are not jst watching which team is better nd follow...

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmed1 on | May 8, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @ YOGIFROMNY That is the precise reason why SL team is also not liked all around the world.On a different thread they are praising Chandimal so much coz he scored a 30 odd against Ireland couple of days ago. LOL. CSK fans and SL fans are almost identical only difference is CSK actually wins tournaments on the other hand SL is filled with colombo track bullies who are mediocre as per the world but LEGENDS as per low standards of SL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    KAMESH GANESHAN if you are living in a dream or illusionary world please wake up.In UAE csk scored 205 and kings chased them out in 18.5 overs.So get ur facts right secondly kings bowling is not pathetic to be giving away 230 runs like csk did.Ashwin is the overhyped negative bowler and so called india's best spinner he is a bowler who gets afraid soon.Leg stump or middle and leg line is what he can bowl and once people hit him out he starts to panic and starts bowling fast and goes for more runs.Maxi afridi and others have shown how ashwin can be played with ease every team shall watch this and blast him unless he learns fast.Dhoni is a wait and watch let batsman make mistake and choke with spinners captain so all this works on utmost spin friendly conditions not everywhere.My biggest fear/worry is Dhoni has said csk/team india jaddu ashwin and 2 pacers it shall be his approach as he fears overrate jaddu ash shall be useless in pace conditions lets brace for more defeats away

  • POSTED BY Preciouss on | May 8, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    +1 to YogifromNY on (May 8, 2014, 4:02 GMT). Precisely my thoughts. An excellent team hated more because of fan(atic)s. Who are always ready to disown/degrade MSD for not being from the state when things are not going good for the team.

  • POSTED BY Dhanadhan on | May 8, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    What a player, Maxwell. Such clean hitting. Watching his play was delightful. I was so happy that Punjab is winning in such a clean way. But just for a momemt, remembering that this Guy, Maxwell is an australian, and a thought of him playing aginst Team India like this is frightening him. Take a bow, maxwell.

  • POSTED BY alexx27 on | May 8, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Maxwell: selfless. He doesnt care about getting out in the 90's. All he wants is his team to win.

    Dhoni: selfish. Comes so low down the order and all he wants is his average and doesn't care if the team loses. He didn't even try to hit.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    I just read somebody comment that Dhoni didn't put a fielder back on the boundary for those reverse sweeps. Well Maxwell is a smart player. Earlier dhoni had third man and even deep point but Maxwell isn't that stupid to still attempt it unless he's sure of hitting it either in the gap or out of the park. He did the latter with two reverse pulls and having men back wouldn't have helped. And when he's not reverse sweeping he's either sweeping or slog sweeping or going straight over the bowlers head. He's a class player and I'm not judging him by his few innings from the IPL. His knock against Pakistan and WI, when he came to India couple of knocks in India and BBL performance made me realise that this guy has some enormous talent. I have supported KXI from 2008 and they have never been languishers but they have never looked this strong too. I just hope we win this time. It is great too see Sehwag make those thirties. Looks so fluent while on the crease.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    M&M's assault and Bailey's finish was the stuff of cricket dreams, the kind little boys conjure up in their infancy. It is also the stuff that warm's an old man's cricket heart. Thank you IPL, ball boys, umpires, fans and stunning cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Clyde on | May 8, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    If Maxwell keeps it up, he could be worth a Test. Of course, if there he fails again, just chuck him back in the short forms.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Maxwell and Miller have a clear idea about CSK's bowling weakness as they are handling their spinners as a club level. Viru finding his form if he start convert his 30's in to a big score and I am sure Kings XI can score 200+ in every game. Bailey showing his smartness. Sandip looks promising and always giving early break through. Still Mitchel can make some inroads on his day. Overall Kings XI looks well balanced finally one IPL team really started giving some problems to CSK and it is good for IPL.

  • POSTED BY KhemrajThakur on | May 8, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    KXI Punjab taught a lesson to Dhoni & Co. that in this years IPL they are better team than CSK. India's recent debacle in home as well away tours was due to Ashwin. He is even not a club level bowler & fielder. He only takes wickets in helpful conditions. I would rate Parveen Tambe as better spinner than him. It is high time that Indian selector must look for a replacement for Ahwin.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    It was Maxwell's brilliance again against CSK.CSK have strong batting line up, but in bowling they are short of a good,intelligent bowler.Jadeja is good,he need another spinner to support him.Ashwin's bowling was pathetic,his tactic of bowling around the wkt to right handers is not a intelligent move.Batsmen like Afridi,Maxwell,Gayle,De Villiers,Kohli,can easily pick him.Afridi and Maxwell have already done it.He's so scared to bowl when a batsman hits him.That's the reason he's bowling round the wkt to a leg stump line.That's not Cricket,it's worse than body line attack.

  • POSTED BY subratachakrabarty on | May 8, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    What amazed me yesterday was the shot selection by Maxwell. It wasn't fluke for sure. He was eyeing the ball well, hitting them hard, once he is sure. Class player, no doubt about that. However, the contribution from Miller is also significant. What was worth watching is the look on Ashwin/ Jadeja's face after they were literally murdered. Shewag is also getting touch. I foresee that he will be doing great towards the end of the season. This team of KXIP definitely deserves a plave in playoffs. All I wish is they don't screw their chances this time. CSK has been on top form, but now there's a team which can definitely put a challenge to CSK. If these two giants face each other in the final, it will be one heck of an IPL Final extravaganza. Good luck KXIP. Way to go.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | May 8, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @AjitNarayan and other CSK fans - I will tell you why others love it when your team loses. It is not because of the team (it's a fine team led by a fine captain). It is because of CSK's arrogant supporters that we love it when your team loses. With MI, it is the team that is arrogant and that is why non-MI fans love to see them lose. Back to CSK - the fans behave as if it is a local team. Last I checked, you had perhaps one Tamil Nadu lad playing in it, so it is a melting pot like other IPL teams, not a local team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 3:58 GMT

    maxwell is the oly person who can break Afridi's most no.of sixes in ODI. surely maxwell will cement his place in cricket history as a aggressive player. He goes for big shots even when he is in 90s like Sehwag, gayle and afridi. He doesn't bother about his century landmark. Amazing to watch this guy bat.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 3:53 GMT

    @suryansh gupta: I agree with u buddy. Hiding in dug out is great disappointment for csk fans. Atleast faf tried something.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | May 8, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    "MAD MAX" strikes again !! what a player !! he's clearing the ropes so freely & easily. Minimum effort "Max"imum result for him in this year's IPL !!! keep entertaining !!! Max & Miller combination is really working for KXI.....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    @rajagopalan: selecting 8 foreign players in a team is not ipl XI dude. your combination is right for foreign premier league (FPL). haha

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 8, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    I liked the way Dhoni managed the chase. Lose by 44 runs with a very high probability is way better than trying to go for a win with a very low probability and ending up losing by 100 runs. The NRR still looks very healthy at 0.6. Smart captaincy. This is still a battle only an the 'war' will be during the Play offs stage.

  • POSTED BY Marcel_Ci on | May 8, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    one just cannot criticize the best team of all ipl seasons so far.... CSK... CSK will win this IPL too... no doubt in tht... Dhoni is the world class player & best finisher of all the times... Even raina & smith r real game changers who can change the course of any match in 2-3 overs only. so I think CSK is strongest team & will be winning this IPL season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    CSK has to strengthen its bowling.They may consider bringing in Badree but they would lose the batting of Faf du Plessie. So they should find the right balance in batting bowling and fielding if they want to win the cup.

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | May 8, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    Hahaha, look at all this hate against CSK. Sorry that we keep winning! It's just the IPL, stop getting jealous! Only two losses this season, with only Kings XI with a better record that CSK haha. Funny people talk about this guy os overrated or that is negative.. CSK still have the best record historically and still second this season haha.

  • POSTED BY rajagopalann on | May 8, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    my Ipl XI D.Smith,B McCullum(W.K),Maxwell,Suresh Raina,Miller,AB de Villiers,Duminy,Dale Steyn,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Sunil Narine,Pravin Tambe

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 8, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    What a joke promoting Jadeja at No.4. He is not even international standard batsman. Ashwin is much better than Jadeja with the bat.

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | May 8, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    MS Dhoni is an overhyped finisher. He never promote himself when his team needed to chase big totals. Most of the time he takes the credit because other batsman set the platform for him.All he does is stays not out till the end and improves his average. He is a good finisher but cannot be compared with legends like Beven,Hussey,AB(current best finisher). These Players can bat anywhere in the batting order and in any part of the world.

  • POSTED BY rajagopalann on | May 8, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    our comments should not be emotional.when winning praising too much and when loosing abusing both look childish.ashwin never a world class at the same time not a club bowler.on his day he is good.like Doni too.on his day he is good.He never a bad or good captain.When chasing if you get early wkt like D.Smith its a blow.No team can go for chase when their best batsman get out early.Smith is next to Maxwell in this season in batting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 2:48 GMT

    game spirit 187 gud to b finised wile chasing 231 or else ant other team wuld hav not made120 also as of pressure an t runrate wic starts at 11.6

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | May 8, 2014, 2:19 GMT

    Maxi is in amazing form. Hopefully he will break the 90's jinx soon and woul like to see how he does once he records his first IPL century.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    dhoni = great finisher??? dhoni = great captain???

    I don't think so. He could have come up the order and finished the runchase if he were that good of both.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 8, 2014, 1:29 GMT

    Bailey and the KXIP coaching staff should be commended on allowing their big hitters like maxwell and miller to come in at 3 and 4 in the batting order. Some teams, notably DD, often leave such big hitters at the end to do the damage in the latter overs, but KXIP are willing to take the risk and it has paid off significantly.

    And because of their batting order with Bailey coming in at 5 or 6, it really allows the top order to be aggressive and this is reflected in their stroke play. I've seen some teams this IPL which have been really tentative and lacking confidence when batting but it's not really seen with KXIP.

  • POSTED BY on | May 8, 2014, 1:04 GMT

    lolz Punjab will do a right to match card........ in next season or maybe they will reatain him

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | May 8, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    How many outside off stump yorkers were bowled by CSK? How many balls were bowled well outside the off stump close to the wide margin? If CSK bowlers didn't have plans & practiced for deliberately bowling these two kinds of deliveries, they are unfit to play T20. Yes, it was Maxwell genius batting. But it was combined with such pathetic bowling serving length ball after length ball after .... And add the captain mindset who accepted defeat even before the team started batting and doesn't even bother to chase the runs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Class of Ashwin! what a world class bowler! hih hih! You can't win IPL with bowling line-ups filled with Indians soon or later Dhoni should realize this! Anyway its fun to see CSK loosing & humiliated! cheers!

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 8, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    The best thing about the KXIP batsmen is that 5 of them have now found form. The even better thing is that they all play proper cricketing shots...well, they are quite audacious but they mostly come from the middle of the bat and everyone tries to find the gaps in the field, playing smart cricket. Bailey finally got some good time out in the middle and hopefully he can continue to provide such entertainment. His calm really helps the team and I think it was his "little cameo" at the end that put that psychological lead over CSK and made the target oh so unachievable. The bowling attack did well too. They got carted around at the end but that was because it was a good batting wicket and the batsmen started swinging at everything. They did really well to induce that early pressure and take some wickets. They knew they would be hit for a few so instead, they focused on ensuring that the run rate kept climbing. Very smart cricket overall.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    Agree that Mexwell is in him prime for with his bat but not with his humility. if he flops there is no credible batsman the team can rely on.

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | May 7, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    CSK were never interested in chasing the target, it was evident the way they approached the chase. Dhoni dropped himself, a routine when the chase is out of reach. He has no issues promoting himself when victory is imminent. His comments at the end saying they were just playing it out are apathetic. One should wonder if such an attitude permeates in the Indian dressing room. Dhoni has a much better strike rate than Jadeja in IPL yet Jadeja comes first to bat. Show some spine like Maxwell, who cares very little about statistics. He attacks even in his 90's even if he loses his wicket. Indian players should learn such selflessness

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 7, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    should have made room for badree .. Jadeja and Arshwin are really allrounders .... they are not top quality spinners

  • POSTED BY Samychennai on | May 7, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Well done Kings11. Well done Maxwell again. There are some notable points again in this match. 1) Start from bowlers for chennai didn't pitch in proper length and line except Mohit. While they have got 2 wickets and in control lost the idea against Maxi and Miller again. Dhoni's field setup was questionable yesterday. 2) Everybody knew that Maxi is going to switch hit and his hit is not like Jayawardene and his own which will reach boundary line for sure on air. Dhoni set the fielder for the switch hit near 13 yard circle and not on boundary line. Anyhow Ashwin and Jadeja like to bowl with pace which Maxi like always. 3) Maxi and Miller's weakness is yorker. That is the only ball they couldn't hit. Dhoni and bowlers should learn that. 4) Dhoni is hiding always when his service needed maximum but like to promote himself in the order when the target is achievable, which we have seen for last couple matches and in all seasons.5) In case CSK need to meet Kngs11 again use maximum Yorkers.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic on | May 7, 2014, 23:33 GMT

    Fantastic knock by Maxwell. Most Australians think that he is just a slogger. Playing lap shops and reverse sweeping takes skill in my opinion. Maxi is a team player. If he was more selfish he wouldn't keep getting caught out on the boundary in the 90's.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 22:07 GMT

    WOww 'Max'well You are playing like a gem and which bowler will stop your flow when you are striking that much well. I think Only 90's can stop you.. Waiting to see a century from the star of IPL 7 so far..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    CSK lost this game because of Dhoni's negative batting. IF he had batted aggressively CSK would have won this match. He never showed any hurry in hitting sixes or boundary. took 20 balls to score 23. He was focussing only on running. He didnt play like the Dhoni the world know of. If he had pushed extra 20 runs, then CSK would have won or came closer. I love Dhoni but this match we lost becuase of his negative approach in batting.

  • POSTED BY ramz30380 on | May 7, 2014, 21:19 GMT

    He was Max-well to his team and Max-hell for CSK! What an entertainer - close to 4 centuries this IPL and yet did not make one - unselfish team man! I salute you!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    dhooni should have to come up the order he could have play big hits like Maxwell why he comes at no, 6 and score 10 not out

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 7, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    Maxwell has to be thee hottest T20 batsman in the world right now. Explosive and consistent - a lethal combination. Ironic that Mumbai spent big on him last year but seemed to lack confidence to play him too often and now they are struggling and KXI are flying

  • POSTED BY diehard-indianfan on | May 7, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    csk didnt even try to win..they do not deserve to play final

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | May 7, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    why cant Ashwin bowl a simple straight ball to Mr Maxwell....I would say it is CSK's fault not to strangle Maxwell. HE IS NOT AFRAID OF ANY BALL THAT IS NOT STAIGHT. MI got it and did well, what is the deal with CSK? to loose this game or what...? Bailey is always a wave rider... good in a sense... but pathetic that opposition could not contain him as well..... If my anger is pointless.... then only thing is.... that cuttack ground is so short.... it shd be disqualified to a cricket ground for any format.

  • POSTED BY IndTheBest on | May 7, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    @Hussain Kurawadwala : Best Indian spinner in this IPL is Tambe from RR, he also deserves the higher pay rate. In Fact he is performing consistently since last IPL, followed by CL and now in this IPL. Sandeep Sharma is another promising star.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Its only the 6's counts .. KIX - 13 6's and CSK - 4 6's .. the differ 54 runs matters .. If smith bats another 30 balls, he should have hit those .. mccullum and dhoni should tried from the first ball .. maxwell, miller and bailyey batted well ..

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | May 7, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Max and Miller continue to thrash CSK 2 games in a row. Superb hitting! CSK needs to look at their bowling line up - bring in Badree since Ashwin is useless both for India and CSK. Also CSK need a pace bowling allrounder to replace Hilfenhaus. Quality pace would put Max and Miller on pressure as shown by Morkel and also challenged by Mitch Johnson. Bailey is strong against pace so spinners would have come in handy then. Overall superb hitting by KXIP and meek captaincy and team selection by MSD. What is the point of having bench strength if you keep making the same mistake twice? Also MSD has lost his finisher touch and keeps pushing himself down the order as he did in the WCT20 finals.

    Irrespective of this result CSK will make the semis but if they run into KXIP again they better change their team selection and game plan.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | May 7, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    Have to say, Ashwin is THE MOST negative bowler in cricket at present. Loved it when he got smashed by Maxwell. SIR Jadeja also got owned by Maxwell and co tonight. Goes to show how pathetic Indian bowling is when these two play for India. Ashwin wouldn't even feature in my club team let alone be the no.1 spin bowler for India. jadeja is just an over hyped player whom only CSK fans can like. Dhoni once again proving he's a negative captain. He should have come at no.3 and taken more responsibility for the chase. Such negative attitude and mindset rubs off on every member of the team. Dhoni rides his luck purely on the team performance. He's a poor captain and has been for quite some time now.

  • POSTED BY freedomofspeech2 on | May 7, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    What was Dhoni trying to do? He says Jadeja was the last dice and then they shut shop. Come on man..You were one of the most powerful hitters in world cricket and yet you want to come down the order and play ones and twos... Lead from the front buddy? don't embarrass your fans..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    seems dhoni dont have game plan for maxwell. he not attacked him with his best fast bowlers. he erred as caption...so csk lost...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    bt the last win is on csk side.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    i really felt bad about Dhoni giving up the chase playing run a ball while faf (who hasnt gota chance to play much all season) playing superbly. I do not agree with comment that jadeja was their last die. this is non-sense. faf should have come when raina fell. csk just didnt try to win. They might not have won, but would have been close. really sad at their attitude.

  • POSTED BY lian_14 on | May 7, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    The KXIP's batting line-up just looks even more scary now that Bailey has finally decided to come to the party!

  • POSTED BY Inorbit on | May 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    The most defensive captain ever. Dhoni has a history of backing out of tough fights(except d 2011 world cup final).

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    187! couldn't see KXI punjab score half of that if they were chasing 231

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    MAX sWELLs out of proportion to bury CSK!

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    maxwell will be the highest paid player next ill he truly deserves the entertaining knocks he has played are great

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | May 7, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    KXIP is the best batting side at the moment and on batting track it's hard to beat them. They have more inform players than any other team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Its a pity that he has been out 3 times in 90 s .He comes into too much pressure .You can see that. I remember lots of ppl criticising Harbhajan singh at the start of the IPL .For me apart from Jadeja and maybe Akshar he has been the best Indian spinner in this IPL.Getting key wickets at right times .He enticed maxwell and he mistimed it and was out for 47 .That is one of the main reasons why MI won.Also in yesterdays match he got gayle and parthiv out and started the collapse .Even KXIP spinners have bowled well but ashwin jadeja and other bowlers of CSK have been pathetic today .

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 7, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Gotta love this thrashing dished out to CSK. The tame helicopter shot slogger demotes himself in the batting order when you would have thought he will promote himself up in the batting order. MadMax, Take A Bow!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Only two gears left for CSK. Go for 5 fours or collapse like a house of cards

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    dhoni y u goin down n down the order. cum up bat up.. go go csk...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 17:06 GMT

    Can cricket ball need taxi??? oh! call maxi.....

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Sandeep Sharma is now very likely to replace Mohit in the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Ha! Another night that Ashwin bowled 'exactly where he wanted'.. pity he didn't get to bowl all 4.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Dhoni erred in bowling spin to Maxwell and Miller and pace to Bailey. It should have been opposite.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    started by VIRU and finished by Bailey

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Actually Maxi plays Ashwin very well who is trump card of Dohni.So MSD reaaly struggles against maxi even when they visisted India for Odi But Maxi plays others well too

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 7, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    90 off 38 even. Gotta get it right.

    162 off the last 10. I can remember the commentator saying CSK were happy at 10 overs keeping KXIP to 69-2.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 7, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    90 off 32, 40 off 13... what the heck was Miller doing wasting 32 balls to get 47?

    On a serious note that was rather entertaining.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 7, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Stop getting out in the 90's Maxwell! Just be selfish for a bit and knock it around for once.

  • POSTED BY RaJiBPuDaSaInI on | May 7, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Battle of kings for throne..Great Match..Wont miss a little bit of it

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    in cuttack pitch is fauvour to chasing that's why dhoni decide 2 bowl first

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Dhoni always win tosses he always win tosses and elect to bat second

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  • POSTED BY Spin_Bully on | May 11, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Too late to comment!!! But worth a point to mention!! Mad Max was toying Saeed Ajmal during World cup T20. Does that mean Ajmal is over rated and hyped!! Funny comparing CSK fans with SL fans. What these KXIP fans were doing all these days!!! Hiding somewhere and Jumping around when their team started winning!!All these editions, CSK is the only consistent team and winner of IPL and CT. For them being arrogant is absolutely fine. It is absolutely necessary to have a mad max hitting, otherwise winning against CSK in this edition will be only dream. So please let KXIP team know that they need to have all guns ready when they face CSK in final. Dhoni will be already trying to crack the MAX-Miller Code.

  • POSTED BY aasif1982 on | May 9, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    Ooooops...... here he is the man in form with giant power.Ponting part II has arrived for Aussis.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The best way to prevent these Max and Miller is by allowing Viru and the other opener to play for 19.4 overs leaving just two balls one each to two M's And the bowlers will be happy. Why not try Kashinath

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Great to see so many hatred speeches against CSK. Way to go CSK.Good sign of champion side.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Mad Max = Mad Max damage. Well done Kxip

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 8, 2014, 14:06 GMT

    Never thought Dhoni will give up that quickly.....if Faf came early things could have been different but never tried so not sure....why give up after couple of wickets..... disappointed CSK fan, truly think we had a chance...came to 187 with Smith out on the first over (and Dhoni's slow scoring pace).....

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | May 8, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    @Haleos 42 FC average on the green seaming tracks of Australia is hard to manage and if we are being honest here, Indian pitches are way easier to score on. I am not taking anything away from Rahane or Sharma in the longest format, but for ODI's and T20s, Maxwell is better. The original argument was that he is not up to international standards. I was simply countering that by displaying some numbers. Besides, Maxwell has barely played compared to those two so he doesn't have that experienced. I am not saying he's a better FC player than them, simply that he has the potential to do well in all formats. BTW, I am Indian and do support my country before anyone else. i just give credit to talent where it is due.

  • POSTED BY StreetView on | May 8, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    It is quite interesting to see that most Indian fans hate Dhoni just because they are die-hard fans of legends llike Ganguly,Sachin,Dravid,Sehwag. Come on guys. He also plays for India. This is quite shameful. If your want to worship GODS/individuals then follow a game like Tennis. Cricket is not your game. If you still dont mend your ways atleast keep your mouths shut and dont spread hate in online forums and spoil the experience of neutral fans like me.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 8, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    @Mr.CricketJKNotHussey - FC average of 42 is nothing to be glad about. T20 is a hit and miss anyway. FC detemines the real class of players where players like Rahane, Rohit will trump him anytime. Typical Oz attitude is what you are displaying.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | May 8, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    Wowww...The best spinner of India was trashed. But not to worry he will get as many chances as he wants to prove himself till he retires.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Dhoni always win tosses he always win tosses and elect to bat second

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    in cuttack pitch is fauvour to chasing that's why dhoni decide 2 bowl first

  • POSTED BY RaJiBPuDaSaInI on | May 7, 2014, 15:46 GMT

    Battle of kings for throne..Great Match..Wont miss a little bit of it

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | May 7, 2014, 15:51 GMT

    Stop getting out in the 90's Maxwell! Just be selfish for a bit and knock it around for once.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 7, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    90 off 32, 40 off 13... what the heck was Miller doing wasting 32 balls to get 47?

    On a serious note that was rather entertaining.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | May 7, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    90 off 38 even. Gotta get it right.

    162 off the last 10. I can remember the commentator saying CSK were happy at 10 overs keeping KXIP to 69-2.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    Actually Maxi plays Ashwin very well who is trump card of Dohni.So MSD reaaly struggles against maxi even when they visisted India for Odi But Maxi plays others well too

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    started by VIRU and finished by Bailey

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Dhoni erred in bowling spin to Maxwell and Miller and pace to Bailey. It should have been opposite.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Ha! Another night that Ashwin bowled 'exactly where he wanted'.. pity he didn't get to bowl all 4.

Kings XI v Super Kings, IPL 2014, Cuttack May 7, 2014

Maxwell 90 leads rout of Super Kings

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran
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Kings XI Punjab 231 for 4 (Maxwell 90, Miller 47, Bailey 40*) beat Chennai Super Kings 187 for 6 (du Plessis 52) by 44 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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Glenn Maxwell thumped 90 off 38 balls to lift Kings XI Punjab to 231

Glenn Maxwell fell within touching distance of a century for the fourth time in the competition, but neither he nor Kings XI Punjab were complaining in the end as the side maintained their winning run each time Maxwell made a massive contribution. Maxwell and David Miller set off fireworks in Cuttack to lift Kings XI to the season's highest total - 231 - and though Super Kings managed 187, at no stage were they serious contenders in the chase. The win took Kings XI to the top of the table.

Such was the carnage by Kings XI that it was easy to forget that only 69 came off the first ten overs. The next ten produced a whopping 162, an IPL record, of which the last five produced 78. The Miller-Maxwell partnership was worth 135 and after both departed, there was no respite for Super Kings as George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson swung their bats around to add 49 off just 16 balls to end the innings.

Both captains weren't quite sure how the pitch would play out, given that it was Cuttack's first match, but Virender Sehwag's rousing start was an indication that the batsmen would have it easy. However, at 37 for 2 and with Maxwell having just arrived, Kings XI abandoned their strategy of sending in the relatively passive Wriddhiman Saha and instead promoted Miller. Investing in their power hitters with nearly 15 overs remaining was the way to go.

The blitzkrieg began in the 11th over. R Ashwin continued with his tried-and-tested plan by bowling round the wicket to the right-hander, but his variations had no effect on Maxwell who smashed two sixes over deep square-leg. A rattled Ashwin strayed too wide either side of the stumps to check Maxwell but he was penalised. Ashwin was in for greater punishment in his following over as Maxwell smashed two fours and two sixes, including one that was reverse swept over third man.

Three overs of spin, including one from Ravindra Jadeja, leaked 52 and Ashwin was carted for 38 off two overs. The boundary barrage started to wear down the fielders as the normally safe Brendon McCullum let one slip at the boundary.

MS Dhoni later said that the inability of the spinners to contain Maxwell and Miller was the turning point. He turned to Ishwar Pandey to limit the damage and he too was spanked, for 18 in an over. Length balls were duly smashed and attempted yorkers turned into low full tosses that were dispatched. Jadeja tried bowling it flat and quick as a defensive option but Miller put him away, slashing past short third man and launching one over deep cover. Miller and Maxwell brought up the century stand off just 8.5 overs.

Dwayne Smith broke the partnership when Miller inside edged on to his stumps. Prior to that, though, Maxwell had biffed Smith for three sixes, including two audacious reverse pulls over third man. With a century in sight, however, Maxwell didn't slow down and his knock ended on 90 when he slogged a slower ball from Mohit to Jadeja at deep midwicket.

The depth in Kings XI's batting took them past 200 for the second time this season, both against Super Kings, though the previous occasion was a successful chase. Bailey and Johnson took 40 off the last two overs to push the score to 231.

Super Kings failed to put on partnerships even close to the tune of Miller and Maxwell. Their best hopes rested on their successful opening pair of Smith and McCullum, but their association ended in the first over. Following Jadeja's departure in the 11th over, Super Kings dropped the idea of attaining the target and focused on getting as many as possible for the sake of net run-rate. Du Plessis made an attractive fifty, but his efforts were lost in the din of Maxwell and Miller.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo