The article speaks about the heroic innings of Maxwell who scored 95 runs of 43 runs to help Kings Eleven Punjab to defeat Chennai Super Kings in an evenly contested match.
Friday’s match on 18th April, 2014 has been the best match of IPL 2014. Chennai Super Kings posted a brilliant score of 205 for 4 in 20 overs. After the innings break it was thought that Kings Eleven Punjab were going to lose anyway. But they defeated Chennai Super Kings and scored 206 runs within 19 overs. The great innings of Maxwell cannot be described in words.
Chennai Super Kings made a fantastic start. Smith scored 66 runs and McCullum scored 67 runs.
Huge number of boundaries were seen in the match. Dhoni and Suresh Raina finished the innings in style. Suresh Raina scored 24 runs were Dhoni scored a quick fire knock of 26 runs. 205 runs was a brilliant score. Some of the star bowlers like Mitchel Johnson went for runs. Johnson gave 47 runs in his 4 overs. Balaji also went for 43 runs in his 4 overs.
After that Chennai Super Kings picked wickets at the beginning of the Kings Eleven Punjab innings. Sehwag was dismissed for 19 runs while Pujara was dismissed for 13 runs. Then came the Maxwell and David Miller storm. It blew away all the bowling attack of Chennai Super Kings.
Maxwell’s 95 runs came out of 43 balls with 15 boundaries and 2 over boundaries. David Miller of South Africa reminds the cricket-lovers of Lance Klusener. His hits are really hard and on Friday’s match he made 54 runs of 37 balls with 3 boundaries and 3 over boundaries. Mohit Sharma gave 35 runs of his 3 overs. Ashish Nehra gave 24 runs of his 3 overs. Both the spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were belted to different parts of the park. Ashwin gave 41 runs of his 4 overs. He got 2 wickets but was slogged to different parts of the field. Ravindra Jadeja gave 43 runs of his 4 overs.
Previously teams scoring more than 170 runs in 20 overs used to think the score is safe. Now after Maxwell and Miller’s thunder storm even more than 200 runs score does not look safe for the batting side.
This match is the best match played in the 2014 version of IPL till now. There were a lot of ups and downs. Both King Eleven Punjab and Chennai Super Kings are going to be favourites in the IPL with their strong batting line ups. The bowling of both the teams require a new look.
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