Glenn Maxwell’s blistering 89-run knock set up the Kings XI Punjab’s incredible victory over Rajasthan Royals but for the swashbuckling Australian, it was still an unfinished job as he was not there to hit the winning runs.
It was David Miller, who finished it off in style, smashing his way to an unbeaten 19-ball 51 in a successful chase of 192 runs. “I am not worried about falling short of a century every time. What I am more concerned about is that I am not being able to stay till the end and hit the winning runs. For me, not being able to do that is job half finished,” said Maxwell at the post-match presentation.
George Bailey: Once again it was some extraordinary batting from Maxwell and David Miller. It was just incredible hitting.
It was a steep target and it is never easy chasing down such targets. I must also credit the Royals bowlers because I think they had hit the right lengths more than what our bowlers did. But the way Maxwell and Miller are batting for us at the moment, that’s not as concern for us.
Shane Watson: Maxwell has been in great touch for Australia for some time now. It’s good to see that he has brought that form here also. He batted beautifully.
He was playing to the field and it was difficult for us to set a field for him. At some point in time, we were hoping that he mishits one or hits one straight up in the air. But that didn’t happen. It was his day again. There is not much you can do when he is hitting the ball like that. Credit to him and the KXIP.
Glenn Maxwell (MoM): Last season I had to sit on the bench for most of the matches. But I would not say that it is pay back time for me. The Mumbai Indians had a pretty good side last year. I had to bide my time. This time KXIP picked me up and I am playing regularly. So, thanks to the team. It feels good to get the orange cap and chase down more than 190 runs in two consecutive games.
Some say I don’t plan and play freely. But I have a plan for each ball. I just try and hit the different gaps. I am not worried about falling short of a century every time. What I am more concerned about is that I am not being able to stay till the end and hit the winning runs. For me, not being able to do that is job half done.