Kings XI Punjab outplayed and outclassed Chennai Super Kings in every department of the game to register a thumping 44-run win. The team now is at the top of the Indian Premier Legaue points table. Here are the highlights from the match (Scorecard | Commentary | Points Table)
And that concludes the updates from Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings. An exciting day's cricket with the promise of an even more exciting contest in the days to follow. Thursday is a single-header with Rajasthan Royals taking on Sunrisers Hyderabad. Click for all the latest Indian Premier League news, features and photos.
2337 hrs (IST): Maxwell reveals his secret. "It is about enjoying cricket. I practice hard and am always trying to come up with new shots," he said. "The pitch here was nice and it was good to play here. I enjoyed myself."
2335 hrs (IST): Punjab skipper Bailey pleased with all-round showing. "Chennai have set a benchmark in IPL and so, beating them is always special," he said at the post-match presentation. He also praised Maxwell's efforts. "That was some extraordinary hitting from Maxi. Both Maxi and Miller got their eyes in and that was very important."
2328 hrs (IST): MS Dhoni lauds Glenn Maxwell's batting. "He batted brilliantly and every other Punjab batsman contributed," he said after the match. "We lost our way when the spinners came on to bowl. They hit us really hard."
2322 hrs (IST): MATCH OVER! Kings XI Punjab defeat Chennai Super Kings again, this time by 44 runs to take the top-spot in the points table.
2316 hrs (IST): OUT! The writing is on the wall. Skipper MS Dhoni falls. Match statistically over.
2305 hrs (IST): Du Plessis takes on Punjab bowlers. South African hits two fours and a six against Mitchell Johnson. Follows it up with three consecutive boundaries against Sandeep.
2258 hrs (IST): Dhoni and du Plessis in the middle and taking singles! Something's going to give. It may well be the lull before the storm. (Chennai: 127/4 after 16)
2245 hrs (IST): OUT! McCullum is run-out - an unfortunate end to what was building up to be a robust innings. (Chennai 98/4 after 12)
2240 hrs (IST): OUT! Ravindra Jadeja (17) is dismissed. Some confusion there as Rishi Dhawan celebrates hitting the stumps. Raina indicates wicket-keeper knocked down the ball. Replays show a possible over-stepping. In the end, third umpire presses the red button. Chennai 88/3 after 10.5.
2224 hrs (IST): OUT! Raina (35) falls and it's Maxwell with a wicket now. This Aussie just cannot be kept out of the action. (Chennai 56/2, 7.3)
2220 hrs (IST): CSK bring up 50. Raina continues to hit the ball with purpose. His shots have mostly been rewarded as Chennai reach 50 in 6.4 overs.
2212 hrs (IST): Some cheer for CSK supporters. Raina smashes three boundaries to take 13 runs from Murali Karthik's first over of the game. (Punjab 34/1 after 5)
2200 hrs (IST): Experience and exuberance. Mitchell Johnson combines with Sandeep to exert pressure on CSK batsmen. Suresh Raina and Brendon McCullum watchful and appear to be looking for the right time to switch gears. Meanwhile required run-rate is shooting up all the time. Chennai 21/1 after 4.
2145 hrs (IST): OUT! Excellent start with the ball for Kings XI Punjab. Sandeep Sharma strikes in first over to remove Dwayne Smith (4).
2138 hrs (IST):Did you know? If CSK win today, it would be the highest run-chase ever in T20 cricket. The current best is 224/5 in 19.4 by Cape Cobras against Titans' 222/4.
2131 hrs (IST): Chennai need 232 for a win. Bailey smashes two sixes off the final two deliveries bowled by Sharma. His 13-ball 40 takes his side to the best score of this season.
2128 hrs (IST):Bailey bashes big! Just when Chennai thought it was time to get some rest, Punjab skipper smahses 17 from the 18th over to take his team past the 200-run mark.
2122 hrs (IST): OUT! Maxwell FALLS! This Aussie can hit big but there is something about him and his score in 90s which brings the biggest smiles to bowlers. Punjab 191/4, 18.
with all the traffic on the way back looks like I missed another maxwell stunner— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 7, 2014
2113 hrs (IST):OUT! That's the end of a 'timid' knock from Miller. The South African scored 47 off 32 - an innings which pales in comparison to the sheer carnage at the other end.
2105 hrs (IST): 2nd strategic timeout! Punjab 153/2 after 15. Chennai get a breather and some time to think of a new strategy. 200 beckons for Punjab as Maxwell and Miller continue to smash sixes.
@Gmaxi_32 well played mate. Fantastic ! Enjoyed the knock ??— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) May 7, 2014
2059 hrs (IST): FIFTY OFF 22! Maxwell smashes 21 runs off Ashwin to race his way to his fourth fifty of IPL 7. Punjab 121/2 after 13.
2055 hrs (IST): It's raining sixes! Miller targets Jadeja, Maxwell focuses on Ashwin. Result? The same - balls disappearing into the crowd. Punjab bring up 100 in 12 overs.
2050 hrs (IST): Maxwell takes 'first set' against R Ashwin! Aussie smashes the spinner for two consecutive sixes in his first over. Punjab 86/2 after 11.
2045 hrs (IST): Maxwell threatens! The last time he faced Chennai, the Aussie scored 95 and had Miller 54* for company. The two combine once again. Punjab 69/2 after 10.
2028 hrs (IST): Bailey bashes! Punjab skipper slams four boundaries in five balls bowled Hilfenhaus as Punjab cross 200-run mark in 18.3. (208, 19 overs)
2033 hrs (IST): Chennai eye comeback after two strikes to remove Punjab openers. The bad news for their fans though is that Maxwell and Miller are in the middle now. Punjab 45/2 after 7.
2027 hrs (IST):OUT! And that's the end of a promising Sehwag (30) innings once again. He drags the ball onto the stumps as Hilfenhaus basks in the pleasure of revenge.
2022 hrs (IST):OUT! Mandeep tries to do a Sehwag but fails. Scores 3 off 8 before being caught at third-man off Mohit Sharma's bowling. Sharma now has the purple cap wit h13 strikes in IPL 7 so far.
2020 hrs (IST): Can this be Sehwag's day to score big? After a silent third over - five balls faced by Mandeep, Sehwag launches himself on Hilfenhaus (fourth over) and dispatches him for the first six of the game! Punjab 32/0 after 4.
2008 hrs (IST): Four, Four and Four! Three more strikes by Sehwag, this time against Ishwar Pandey. The veteran batsman is looking in solid form with his hands dancing to the tune of his feet!
2003 hrs (IST): FOUR! What a start by Virender Sehwag. Smashes the first ball of the match to the fence. Punjab pick up nine runs in the first over - bowled by Ben Hilfenhaus.
1955 hrs (IST): Squads:
Punjab: Mandeep Singh, V Sehwag, WP Saha, GJ Maxwell, GJ Bailey, DA Miller, MG Johnson, R Dhawan, AR Patel, M Kartik, Sandeep Sharma.
Chennai: DR Smith, BB McCullum, SK Raina, F du Plessis, MS Dhoni, RA Jadeja, M Manhas, R Ashwin, BW Hilfenhaus, IC Pandey, MM Sharma
1945 hrs (IST): Both Chennai and Punjab have been in excellent form in IPL 7. While CSK are currently at the top, Punjab are placed second but have also played one match less. Both teams have just one loss.
1935 hrs (IST): Chennai field an unchanged side. Punjab recall Mandeep Singh and Murali Kartik for the match.
1930 hrs (IST):Toss! Chennai Super Kings opt to field against Kings XI Punjab at Cuttack. Skipper MS Dhoni reckons that 'home' advantage will be with his side and the smallish ground will aid in some big hitting. He further adds that chasing should be easier since the target would be in front of his batsmen and they can plan better. Punjab skipper Bailey - the only skipper to have led his side to a win against CSK - feels the crowd will back good cricket.
Kings XI Punjab are close on the heels of Chennai Super Kings in the top of the IPL points table and they would be keen to draw level with the two time champions when the two sides clash in what is certain to be an engrossing encounter in Cuttack. After losing the opening game, the Super Kings have won six on the bounce while the Kings XI have been brilliant, thanks to the power of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller and the bowling of Sandeep Sharma. The two have so far been the most consistent in a tournament, where the defending champions struggled in the first phase, failing to win a single game in the UAE.
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Kings XI Punjab: GJ Bailey (Captain), Anureet Singh, P Awana, L Balaji, R Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh, BE Hendricks, MG Johnson, Karanveer Singh, M Kartik, Mandeep Singh, SE Marsh, GJ Maxwell, DA Miller, AR Patel, NLTC Perera, CA Pujara, WP Saha, Sandeep Sharma, V Sehwag, Shivam Sharma, SN Thakur, M Vohra
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Captain & WK), B Aparajith, R Ashwin, S Badree, DJ Bravo, F du Plessis, JW Hastings, MJ Henry, BW Hilfenhaus, RA Jadeja, BB McCullum, M Manhas, RG More, P Negi, A Nehra, IC Pandey, SK Raina, V Shankar, MM Sharma, DR Smith