Glenn Maxwell started his CLT20 2014 with a quick fire 43 © IANS
Glenn Maxwell started his CLT20 2014 with a quick fire 43 © IANS

Kings XI Punjab clinched a comfortable five wicket victory against Hobart Hurricanes in the second match of Champions League Twenty 20 (CLT20) 2014. Sameer Jha looks at some of the key highlights of the match.

Good day out with both bat and ball for Thisara Perera: Hobart’s total of 144 may have been much higher had Ben Dunk or Aiden Blizzard been allowed to get going for longer. Both batsman had started their innings cautiously, and were just beginning to break the shackles when they fell trying to play a big shot off Perera. The Sri Lankan all-rounder, who may have not played had Mitchell Johnson been fit,  also cleared the fence several times with the bat.

Travis Birt-Jonathan Wells steadied Hurricanes: Birt and Wells put up a solid 52-run partnership off 31 balls which was the second highest in the match. Both batsman were batting beautifully in tandem until a miscommunication saw Jonathan Wells being run out.

Another first ball Duck for Virender Sehwag:  Sehwag tried to get KXIP off to a flier with a six, but it wasn’t his day. The ball fell straight into the hands of Cameron Boyce at third man. If that shot had been played by a lesser batsman, one might have blamed him for being too hot blooded, but with Sehwag one doesn’t expect him to do anything else. For all you know, he might get out the same way in the very next match!

The return of Maxwell magic: Glenn Maxwell’s innings for KXIP at the beginning of IPL 2014 had generated a lot of eyeballs for the tournament. He did it again this time for KXIP coming in at a time, when other batsman had failed and scoring from the word go! He got off the  mark with a superb six off Doug Bollinger, and continued the intensity until he finally perished to an Evan Gulbis delivery. Maxwell, who revealed that he enjoys being referred to as ‘Glennpreet Singh’ by KXIP fans, scored 43 in just 25 balls.

Thisara Perera-Geroge Bailey finish it off with ease: When Maxwell was dismissed, KXIP were 77 for five, requiring 68 more runs from 54 balls. A lesser team might have lost wickets in a heap and choked after the kind of impact he had made to the game. However, Perera came in and showed that he too can wreak havoc on bowlers with bat in hand. He was well supported by Bailey who rotated the strike, and occasionally cleared the fence himself. Their partnership was worth 69, and it came in just 41 balls.

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(Sameer Jha is a reporter at CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha)