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Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Guptill screamer helps keep Maxwell's Kings XI alive


This season: Sandeep Sharma struck early, Axar Patel strangled batsmen in the middle overs, and Glenn Maxwell slammed 44 not out off 20 balls in Kings XI Punjab's convincing six-wicket win in Indore. Guptill made 18-ball 36 and Maxwell went hammer and tongs in his 21-ball 47 studded with five sixes and two boundaries as the visitors aimed a big target after losing the toss, keeping in mind the dew factor and small boundaries here.

Saha, who has a century in an IPL final to his name, said that he likes to bat with freedom at the top of the order and that is what helped him make the most of the power play overs against the Mumbai Indians.

After winning narrowly in a high-scoring game against Mumbai Indians that helped Kings XI Punjab stay alive in the tournament, Wriddhiman Saha talks about setting up a match-winning total for his team.

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In reply Mumbai, who have already qualified for the finals, got off to a flying start with a 99-run opening stand between Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel.

Simmons, who scored his half-century off only 27 balls, hit five boundaries and four sixes, before a brilliant effort at the long-on boundary from Martin Guptill saw the Caribbean worldwide head back to the dug-out. "We fought", said Pollard, who blasted an unbeaten 50 in 24 balls for a lost cause.

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In case of the match ending with no result due to rain, Pune will go through as the third place team and will have to play the Eliminator against Kolkata Knight Riders. With Rahul Tewatia turning out to be a good leg-spin option and the reliable Axar doing a good job at his end, KXIP have a lot of positives to look at when it comes to their bowling.

As it transpired, Pollard's trickery and six-hitting ability weren't enough as Sharma held his nerve to allow just one run from the final four deliveries and secure a crucial seven-run victory. They did good batting initially, we took wickets in the middle.

KXIP's bowling too has been on the mark and the steely resolve showed by the Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma in the last two matches would have pleased the team management. Even though they are through to the playoffs and are on top of the table, their recent string of performances will be a cause of concern for the coaching staff and captain Rohit Sharma.

Before this, the highest total this season was 214 for 3 against Gujarat Lions. Maxwell's innings had five sixes apart from two boundaries.

McClenaghan, Bumrah and Karn picked up one wicket apiece.

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