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IPL 2017: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, SK Play of the Match, Maxwell slams McClenaghan

rohit sankar
854   //    21 Apr 2017, 11:27 IST
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The Punjab skipper was at his rampant best  

When Glenn Maxwell is in on song, there is no stopping him. The Aussie joined an aggressive Hashim Amla at Indore yesterday night and after nibbling his way to 12 off 9 balls, he plundered Mitchell McClenaghan for 28 in an over. 

Watch his onslaught on the Kiwi here.

The left arm fast bowler had got rid of Shaun Marsh early on and boasted respectable figures of 2-0-14-1 when he was given the ball for the 15th over. The first one, a full ball on the middle stump was thumped by Maxwell over long-on with disdain. McClenaghan varied his like and length next ball but Maxwell deposited him over long-off, announcing his intentions in style. 

Another loosener on the middle stump was thumped for four through long-on as McClenaghan looked lost for ideas against a rampant Maxwell. To make things worse, the Kiwi bowled a no-ball next up and even that was pushed over point for four. He bowled yet another full toss next up and the Aussie, waiting to dispatch everything to the skies, smacked it for yet another six.

One run came off the last two balls, but the damage had already been done. The Punjab skipper had slammed three sixes and two fours in the over. From 12 off 9, he raced to 39 off 15 after the over. 

The Aussie was dismissed in the next over by Bumrah and McClenaghan returned to the attack for the seventeenth over, in which he picked up the wicket of Marcus Stoinis and conceded just five runs. Amla failed to get on top of the Kiwi seamer and batted out three dots before slamming a four off the final ball of the over. 

How the game proceeded 

While the onslaught from Maxwell and later Amla off Malinga took Punjab to 198, Mumbai were hardly troubled courtesy some exceptional hitting from Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana. The latter continued his sensational form at no.3, notching up his third half-century of the season. Buttler, on the other hand, returned to form bludgeoning 77 off just 37 balls with 5 sixes.

Earlier, Hashim Amla slammed his maiden T20 century, a smashing knock in which he looked at his aggressive best. Malinga was slammed for 51 by Amla alone off the 16 balls he faced from the Sri Lankan. The South African opener wasted no opportunities to score boundaries and even hit a six out if the stadium off Malinga. Unfortunately for him and Punjab, Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana were too good and chased down the target without much sweat. 

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