Kings XI Punjab vs Northern Knights, CLT20 2014 Match 13: Glenn Maxwell departs; Virender Sehwag completes fifty

Sep 26, 2014

The crowd favourite Glencharan Singh aka Glenn Maxwell came to the crease and wasted no time before going after the bowling and a top edge went high up in the air and wicketkeeper BJ Watling spooned a simple catch to send a sigh of relief around Chandigarh. The relief didn’t last for long though as a full blooded thump on the leg-side as the ball only found Tim Southee at deep-square leg. Then Sehwag carted the last ball of the same Ish Sodhi over as he completed his fifty.

Spin seemed like the only way out for Northern Knights as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) batsmen continued to take the attack to the cleaners and the intention was clear — to go big and muscle the ball over the ropes. Thisara Perera and Virender Sehwag looked to do just that. Scott Kuggeleijn sprayed the ball on the leg side and was put away in style to the fine leg boundary as Sehwag inched towards his fifty. Perera continued to go hell for leather and a big heave off Scott Kuggeleijn could only find Scott Styris’s safe hands.

Ish Sodhi got very little turn and was pitching it short and Manan was on it in a flash and it resulted in two scintillating sixes on the leg side and the  the crowd was in raptures with all the big hitting. Yet again, the ball was pitched short and Vohra went for glory and the ball fell kindly to Trent Boult, who pouched the ball inches before the boundary ropes. Thisara Perera was sent up the order by George Bailey and it paid off immediately with the Sri Lankan hammering the ball over the ropes.

Northern Knights turned to spin to stem the run flow and Sehwag romped back to punch the ball through the off-side and the score was racing along to the huge score. Vohra, after playing some wonderful shots on both sides of the wicket went one better and pushed his weight beautifully onto an on-drive and the ball pierced the off side field for another boundary. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)’s fifty came with another boundary, which was a top edge that eluded the short third-man fielder and Vohra finished the over with a smacking punch off the back foot to the boundary. Scott Styris came on and there were more edges and misfields that reached the fence and Punjab had reached 71 at the six over mark.

Vohra looked in solid touch in the third over and was middling the ball well. Virender Sehwag, meanwhile was tentative and had a nervy moment when a half-hearted edge went slightly past first slip and into the ropes. The upper cut of Scott Kuggelijn was vintage stuff from the veteran Indian opener and he simply guided the ball effortlessly over the third man ropes.

Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra and started proceedings and it was singles in the early part of the Trent Boult over. Then Manan Vohra played a gorgeous straight drive and the ball beat the infield and raced to the ropes. There were more flashes of elegance as Vohra flicked the ball of his pads and the ball raced to the square leg boundary for another four and it was 11 from the opening over. There were more runs for the Punjab opener  and the ball is flicked away for another flick for a couple. Tim Southee tried to intimidate Vohra with a short ball but the length was awful and Vohra hooked towards the fine-leg boundary and the ball went over the ropes and capped the over with a couple of the last ball.

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