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Glenn helps KXIP to hat-trick of victories

Lakshmipathy Balaji celebrates the fall of a wicket with teammates, on Tuesday

Sharjah: Glenn Maxwell produced yet another blistering knock of 95 off 43 ball before Lakshmipathy Balaji returned with a four-wicket haul as Kings XI Punjab notched up a crushing 72-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their third IPL VII match here on Tuesday.

After scoring 95 and 89 in his last two innings, Maxwell once again produced a devastating knock, which was studded with nine sixes and five fours as Punjab posted an imposing 193 for six in their stipulated 20 overs.

George Bailey’s men then came up with a clinical bowling display to dismiss Hyderabad for 121 with four balls to spare at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium as KXIP registered their third straight win.

Maxwell, who was dropped by David Warner off Karn Sharma in the 10th over before Darren Sammy had him caught on a no-ball in the 15th over, shared a 68 run partnership with David Miller for the third wicket. He also added 35 runs with Cheteshwar Pujara and 25 runs with captain Bailey.

Seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji returned with incredible figures of 4-0-13-4, while Mitchell Johnson and Akshar Patel snapped two wickets each. Sandeep Sharma and Rishi Dhawan took one each for Punjab.

Chasing 194 to win, Hyderabad found the going tough as they were reduced to 33 for three in 4.5 overs.

While Johnson struck the first blow dismissing captain Shikhar Dhawan (1) in his second ball, it was Balaji’s twin strike in his opening over which derailed their chase.

Earlier put into bat, Virender Sehwag (30) and Cheteshwar Pujara (35) gave Punjab a good start, amassing their best opening partnership of 51 runs off 40 balls.

Sehwag blasted three sixes and two fours in his 22-ball 30 before holing out to Sammy at long on.

Maxwell continued from where he left as he sent the bowlers for a leather hunt once again with an array of shots.

In the 12th over, the Australian cracked back-to-back boundaries, hitting a six and a four off Pathan, who was brought in the team in place of Ishant Sharma.

Maxwell exploded in the 13th over, blasting three successive sixes off Mishra, while David Miller added another one as Punjab amassed 25 runs.