Maxwell's the man again as Punjab whip SRH

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The Kings XI Punjab continued their impressive run in the IPL on Tuesday as they thrashed the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs, with Glenn Maxwell and Lakshmi Balaji the stars of the show for the Mohali outfit.

The Kings XI Punjab continued their impressive run in the IPL on Tuesday as they thrashed the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 72 runs, with Glenn Maxwell and Lakshmi Balaji the stars of the show for the Mohali outfit.

Maxwell made his third consecutive score above 88, and his second 95 in three games, as his side recorded 193 for six. Hyderabad where then all out in the 20th over of the chase, having made just 121, with Balaji taking four wickets.

The Sunrisers won the toss and chose to field in Sharjah, and the Kings got off to a good start. They put on a half century stand for the first wicket, before Virender Sehwag departed for 30 in the seventh over. He had struck three sixes.

A continued talking point was Cheteshwar Pujara's sedate batting in this format, and he was eventually removed for 35 off 32 balls by Darren Sammy. This didn't daunt Maxwell though, as he smashed the ball to all corners.

He continued his assault as David Miller and George Bailey each departed for 10, both caught by David Warner off Bhuveneshwar Kumar. Warner had dropped a catch earlier in the game, as did Sammy, as the misses cost SRH dearly.

Maxwell was eventually removed for 95 off 43 balls, having a whopping nine sixes and five fours in his knock. Amit Mishra was his favourite target, but the spinner was the man who got his wicket in the end.

The chase was a damp squib from the get-go, as Shikhar Dhawan fell in the second over. Aaron Finch could only make 19, while Warner made just eight, both Aussies falling to Balaji and still leaving fans waiting for the promised big runs.

Lokesh Rahul was the top scorer for the Sunrisers, making 27, as the Kings' bowlers shared the spoils around. While Balaji took four wickets, adding Sammy and Dale Steyn to Finch and Warner, Mitchell Johnson bagged two, as did Akshar Patel.

The win left the Mohali side at the top of the table, while Hyderabad languish at the bottom, not having recorded a win as yet. After an impressive first season last year, finishing fourth, they seem to be struck by Second Season Syndrome.

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