Chennai Super Kings vs. Kings XI Punjab: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterApril 18, 2014

Australia's batsman Glenn Maxwell watches the ball during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match against Pakistan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Aijaz Rahi

Kings XI Punjab showed steel with the bat to chase 206 for victory with six wickets and seven balls to spare. 

The Chennai Super Kings were powerful with the bat, teed up by fifties from opening duo Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, and reaching 205-4 in their 20 overs.

But led by an inspired Glenn Maxwell, who slammed 95 in 43 balls, the Kings XI not only made it a contest, but won at a relative canter.

Chennai Super Kings Scorecard
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Dwayne Smithc George Bailey b Lakshmipathy Balaji6643153.4863
Brendon McCullumc Glenn Maxwell b Akshar Patel6745148.8845
Suresh Rainac Virender Sehwag b Parvinder Awana2419126.3120
MS Dhonic Rishi Dhawan b Lakshmipathy Balaji2611236.3631
Dwayne BravoNOT OUT83266.6601
EXTRAS (nb 1, w 11, lb 2)14
TOTAL (4 wickets; 20 overs)205 (4 wickets; 20 overs)
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
Akshar Patel43418.509
Parvinder Awana335111.665
Mitchell Johnson447011.756
Lakshmipathy Balaji443210.756
Rishi Dhawan32107.005
Glenn Maxwell223011.503
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CSK have pedigree in the IPL, but issues off the field have dominated their build-up.

There was no sign of rustiness with the bat, however, with Smith and McCullum getting off to the perfect start. 

123 in just 12.4 overs was a brutal start, with Mitchell Johnson suffering particular punishment.

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The duo hit eight sixes in all, with McCullum passing a personal T20 landmark.

And with Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni playing late cameos, their score looked out of reach.

That feeling was strengthened when openers Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were removed in the first four overs, but it brought Maxwell to the middle.

David Miller, often an explosive player in his own right, settled into a cameo role as Maxwell flayed the ball to all parts. 

His half-century came in just 25 balls, but thereafter he still managed to accelerate. 

By the time he had 84 in 37 deliveries, it represented his best score in the T20 format.

The target, meanwhile, had been whittled down to 50 from 30 balls.

Kings XI Punjab Scorecard
BATSMENRUNSBALLSSR4S6S
Cheteshwar Pujaralbw Ravichandran Ashwin1310130.0020
Virender Sehwagb Ashish Nehra1910190.0040
Glenn Maxwellb Dwayne Smith9543220.93152
Akshar Patellbw Ravichandran Ashwin2366.6600
David MillerNOT OUT5437145.9433
George BaileyNOT OUT1710170.0020
EXTRAS (w 5, lb 1)6
TOTAL (4 wickets; 18.5 overs)206206
BOWLERORWECONDOTS
Ashish Nehra32418.006
Mohit Sharma2.535012.355
Ravichandran Ashwin441210.256
Pawan Negi337012.335
Ravindra Jadeja443010.756
Dwayne Smith225112.502
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Maxwell's dismissal with his century in sight threatened to turn the contest around again, but Miller stepped up to finish it off.

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Launching Ravindra Jadeja for sixes down the ground, the required run rate came down to around a run a ball, and the there was no way back for Super Kings.