Abu Dhabi - Glenn Maxwell butchered 95 off 43 balls as Kings XI Punjab achieved the third best chase in IPL history against Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. Maxwell's 115-run stand with David Miller was the key in KXIP's momentous victory.
Chasing 206, Virender Sehwag slammed Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra for a couple of boundaries. However, after hitting Nehra for a couple of boundaries, Sehwag perished for 19. R Ashwin removed Cheteshwar Pujara in his fourth ball while he sent back Akshar Patel in his second over. However, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller decided to bat with confidence as they went after the bowlers.
CSK started to feel the pressure in the field. Nehra dropped Maxwell on 37 while Miller was dropped by du Plessis on 17. Both times, it was Ravindra Jadeja who was the unlucky bowler. Maxwell once again benefitted from a drop by Dwayne Bravo on 43 as he notched up his sixth T20 fifty off 25 balls. He tore into Pawan Negi by smashing him for three fours and a six. CSK's slackiness in the field continued as Samuel Badree, the substitute for Dwayne Bravo, dropped Maxwell on 77. In total, CSK had dropped three catches in the space of four overs.
Dwayne Smith got CSK back in the game by dismissing Maxwell. However, Miller struck two consecutive sixes off Jadeja and he notched up his 16th T20 fifty to help KXIP get over the line by six wickets with an over to spare.
Earlier in the day, CSK opted to bat first on a good pitch and McCullum started the fireworks by smashing two consecutive fours in the second over bowled by Parwinder Awana. He did not let up from that moment and he tore into Mitchell Johnson by upper-cutting him for a six. The fifth over bowled by Awana had some action as McCullum was dropped on 22 by skipper George Bailey. In the process, he went past 5000 runs in T20s, becoming only the fourth batsman to achieve this feat after Chris Gayle, David Hussey and Brad Hodge.
By the end of the powerplay, CSK had raced to 70/0 which was their highest ever powerplay score in the IPL. McCullum notched up a fifty off just 30 balls and it seemed that he would repeat his fireworks exactly six years ago to this day when he smashed 158 for KKR against RCB in IPL 1. The opening stand looked threatening before Akshar Patel broke the 123-run opening stand by sending back McCullum for 67. Rishi Dhawan and Lakshmipathy Balaji bowled well in the middle overs as they pulled things back. Smith notched up his 22nd T20 fifty before Balaji sent him back for 66.
MS Dhoni smashed 18 runs in the last over as CSK notched up 205/4. In the process, they went past 200 for the 10th time in the IPL, the most by any team. However, as the exploits of Maxwell and Miller showed, this was not enough.
DR Smith c Bailey b Balaji 66
BB McCullum c Maxwell b Patel 67
SK Raina c Sehwag b Awana 24
MS Dhoni c Dhawan b Balaji 26
DJ Bravo not out 8
EXTRAS: (lb 2, w 11, nb 1) 14
TOTAL: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 205
FOW: 1-123, 2-161, 3-185, 4-205
BOWLING: AR Patel 4-0-34-1, P Awana 3-0-35-1, MG Johnson 4-0-47-0, L Balaji 4-0-43-2, R Dhawan 3-0-21-0, GJ Maxwell 2-0-23-0.
KING’S XI PUNJAB:
CA Pujara lbw b Ashwin 13
V Sehwag b Nehra 19
GJ Maxwell b Smith 95
AR Patel lbw b Ashwin 2
DA Miller not out 54
GJ Bailey not out 17
EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 5) 6
TOTAL: (4 wickets; 18.5 overs) 206
FOW: 1-31, 2-38, 3-52, 4-167
BOWLING: A Nehra 3-0-24-1, MM Sharma 2.5-0-35-0, R Ashwin 4-0-41-2, P Negi 3-0-37-0, RA Jadeja 4-0-43-0, DR Smith 2-0-25-1
TOSS: Chennai T20
MOM: GJ Maxwell (Mohali)
UMPIRES: RK Illingworth (Eng), C Shamshuddin (Ind)
TV UMPIRE: BF Bowden (NZ)
MATCH REFEREE: AJ Pycroft (Zim)