IPL 10 KXIP vs KKR: Maxwell maximums lead Punjab to 167/6
Mohali: With the help of a blistering 44-run knock by skipper Glenn Maxwell, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) succeeded in posting a handsome total of 167/6 in Indian Premier League match at Punjab Cricket Association ground here on Tuesday.
Maxwell took only 25 balls to score 44 runs and also smashed 1 four and 4 sixes during his inning. Wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha played a sensible knock of 38 runs off 33 balls with 2 fours and a six, but failed to accelerate the scoring rate during the slog overs.
KXIP opener Manan Vohra looked in great touch in his 16-balls 25-run inning which was studded with 4 boundaries, but he failed to continue the onslaught for a longer time. His opening partner, Martin Guptill failed once again getting out after adding 12 runs off 16 balls with just on boundary.
Shaun Marsh, who scored a fine half-century in the previous match, got out after scoring 11 runs off 10 balls with 2 fours. Axar Patel remained unbeaten at 8 runs off 10 balls, without any boundaries. Swapnil Singh was cleaned up by Chris Woakes after adding 2 runs. Rahul Tewatia played a crucial 15-run inning off 8 balls hitting 3 fours during the death overs.
Chros Woakes bowled an exceptional four-over spell for KXIP giving away 20 runs for two wickets, while Kuldeep Yadav also bagged two wickets for 34 runs in his three overs. Umesh Yadav went for 26 runs in his three overs for one wicket, while Sunil Narine spent only 27 runs in his four overs for the wicket of Guptill.
Colin de Grandhomme (0/37, 4 overs) and Ashish Rajpoot (0/17, 2 overs) remained wicket-less in their spells.
Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen will so0on be back on the ground to chase down the 168-run target.