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

Maxwell caught at the dugout

Plays of the day for the match between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings in Cuttack
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The bridge
Chennai Super Kings have set high standards in the field so far, and tonight a couple of sharp saves by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point was testament to that. However, one fumble by Dwayne Smith at the boundary stood out like a sore thumb. He moved to his right from long-off to cut off a cover drive from David Miller but failed to bend down in time to stop it. The ball went under the bridge and rolled to the rope. It wasn't the only fumble during the innings though.

The catches
Glenn Maxwell was not offering catches inside the boundary, but beyond the rope everyone had to be alert. He made Smith pay for bowling length in the style best known to him - turn around and play the reverse hit. On two occasions in one over, Maxwell made a mockery of Smith by playing the reverse pull over third man and there was much joy for the ball boy patrolling the rope who took the catch comfortably. The young man, who had his 15 seconds of fame, had a proud smile for the cameras. Three balls later, Maxwell played the same shot but this time his team-mate Rishi Dhawan was forced out of the comfort of the dug-out to take the catch. And he was more than happy to take it.

The indulgence
Maxwell did eventually fall to a catch within the rope. Mohit Sharma bowled a slower ball that Maxwell looked to slog over deep midwicket but Jadeja caught it comfortably a few yards in front of the rope. The momentum caused him to back-pedal a step, but he decided to indulge himself a bit by deliberately jogging back a couple of steps more. He then dangled his feet in the air outside the boundary rope, with the ball still in his hands. His antics made Maxwell pause for a few seconds before walking back.

The direct hit
Mitchell Johnson may not have made early inroads with the ball, but he wasn't going to miss out on the field when the opportunity arose. Faf du Plessis clipped the ball towards midwicket and looked to pinch a second run but Brendon McCullum was always under pressure because Johnson was targeting the bowler's end. Johnson had just one stump to aim at from behind midwicket and fired a flat throw at the stumps. The bowler Murali Kartik wisely opted not to collect the ball first and McCullum, oddly with helmet in hand, was ball-watching and saw it strike the stumps still a yard short. It left Super Kings 98 for 4 with a required rate of 16.75.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 18:54 GMT

    The only way to prevent Maxwell and Miller from scoring is not to take the first two wickets of Sehwag and the other for 19.5 overs. Simple isn't it. Hope somebody do this. Kashinath

  • MWaqqar on May 8, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    People criticizing Pujara and asking for Mandeep must be satisfied now.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 9:54 GMT

    @.. dunger.bob they need to play more games together and also under a T20 specialist coach. Also better coordination among the players is vital.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Dunger.bob - Australia certainly don't stink at T20, as an England fan I'd love to have the options you guys have got, we have about 3 or 4 top quality players whereas your team is full of them. It's just the nature of international T20, they don't get played much at all by the likes of Aus & Eng so there's no cohesive team environment for it, lots of chopping and changing and the short sharp nature of the game means anyone can beat anyone on their day and momentum is won and lost in a heartbeat. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you guys win the world T20 at one of the next 2 events, especially if Maxi keeps going as he is making a mockery of all bowling at the moment (and it's great fun to watch!)

  • dunger.bob on May 8, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    We Aussies have some pretty good players when you think about it. There's Finch, Maxwell, Warner, Bailey, Watson, Faulkner etc. So, can anyone tell me why they don't seem to fire when they're all together and playing for Australia! .. my point is, with all the fire-power we've got, why do we stink at T20?

  • android_user on May 8, 2014, 5:55 GMT

    maxi-mum

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    This IPL will be known for Glenn Maxwell in future

    What form he is having right now, amazing

  • SuchaSL on May 8, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Can we call it as "Maxisixsation".

  • android_user on May 7, 2014, 22:05 GMT

    maxwell is really a match turner. I really like him.

  • dummy4fb on May 7, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    That Ball boy still a better catcher than A.Nehra !

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