Maxwell powers Kings XI to first IPL victory


A brilliant cameo from Glenn Maxwell forced Kings XI Punjab over the line for a maiden Indian Premier League victory over Rising Pune Sueprgiants in Mohali.

Kings XI were comfortably beaten by Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils in their opening two fixtures, but Maxwell built on the foundations of Manan Vohra and Murali Vijay's opening partnership of 97 with an unbeaten 32 off just 14 balls to complete a six-wicket victory.

Mohit Sharma (3-23) helped lay the groundwork for the hosts by limiting Pune to 152-7, despite Faf du Plessis following up his 69 in Rajkot last time out by scoring two runs fewer in the searing heat.

Vijay (53) and Vohra (51) mounted a controlled start to the chase and, after Murugan Ashwin (3-36) looked to have stemmed the charge, Maxwell provided the galvanising push to victory with a dazzling display.

Du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen (15) piled on 55 runs before the latter was dismissed by Kyle Abbott - into the line-up for Mitchell Johnson - and Pune lost momentum until the entrance of Steve Smith (38).

Smith and Du Plessis mounted a partnership worth 63 before a slower ball from Mohit caught the Australia captain out and the Kings XI all-rounder's death bowling then claimed the scalps of the South African and MS Dhoni (1) off successive balls in the final over as the target was set at 153.

Opening pair Vijay and Vohra were measured in their approach, though the former hit the match's first six at the end of the third over.

Vohra soon loosened up and twice hit three boundaries in succession on his way to his 50, but he was accounted for by Ankit Sharma (1-27) with the breakthrough wicket, before Ashwin removed Shaun Marsh (4) and Vijay in the 15th over.

That heralded the arrival of Maxwell, whose big-hitting cameo included three fours and a pair of maximums, ending the match in impressive style with a four through the covers with eight balls remaining.