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Maxwell: I tried to stay relaxed

Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell and Lakshmipathy Balaji as the duo starred in KXIP’s huge 72-run victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Sharjah, on Tuesday.

Maxwell’s swashbuckling 43-ball 95 helped KXIP score a mammoth 193 for six in their allotted 20 overs, before Balaji scalped four wickets for 13 runs to restrict Sunrisers’ innings to 121.

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George Bailey: First of all it was really nice to put up a good total on the board. Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara gave us a good start.

The wicket was a little tricky and it was a bit hard to score on this pitch, but you would not know that from the way Maxwell was batting. Maxwell rode his luck a bit in this match and in the end we did put up a good score on the board.

It is great to see him bat that way for three consecutive matches and we would hope that it continues for as long as possible.

But at the same time, we have to be realistic and be prepared for times when Maxwell and Miller would perhaps get out early.

I am also very pleased with the way we bowled today, especially Balaji. Our bowling had not been good in the first two matches, but Balaji’s comeback was outstanding.

Shikhar Dhawan: It was a disappointing performance by us. our fielding hadn’t been great. We had dropped too many catches, and among them missing Maxwell’s catch was the key as he went to score a lot of runs and the target got bigger and bigger for us. We need to improve our bowling also.

Even during the chase, we lost too many early wickets. Batsmen need to take more responsibility as well as risks when you are chasing 190 plus targets. It was a huge batting failure from our part.

Glenn Maxwell (MoM): As far as my batting is concerned, I really don’t think too much about the opposition or make plans. I tried to stay relaxed. I think when I go out to the middle and try to play according to the field placements.

I just try and play my natural game. My game plan is simple I try and target certain bowlers and certain areas in the field.