Maxwell had performed for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) last 12 months and he had a dismal run, scoring simply above 100 runs. During his stint, the proper-handed batsman didn’t handle to hit a single six for the facet.
But in the IPL 2021 opener, the batsman managed to change his fortunes as he performed a knock of 39 runs, together with two sixes. RCB defeated Mumbai Indians by two wickets in an exhilarating encounter on Friday right here at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
“It certainly felt good. I did not hit a single six last year, I did remind Virat of me not hitting a six last year. To hit one out of the middle, it is a bit of monkey of the back. It is nice to start well and to have the captain at the other end, it makes my job a little easier,” Maxwell advised Harshal Patel in a video posted on the official web site of IPL.
Harshal Patel delivered a surprising bowling efficiency earlier than AB de Villiers‘ masterclass as RCB defeated Mumbai Indians by two wickets. Harshal had picked 5 wickets (three in the ultimate over) to prohibit Mumbai Indians to 159 runs in the allotted 20 overs and in consequence, he turned the first bowler a take a fifer in opposition to Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
In response, RCB acquired over the line on the last ball, courtesy of some advantageous hitting by De Villiers in the demise overs. For RCB, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers performed knocks of 39 and 48 respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli additionally performed a 33-run knock of 29 balls.
“Obviously, it felt great. It was my first fifer ever in T20s, that felt special and this coming against such a good batting lineup, it was cherry on top. The ball started tailing a bit so I wanted to hit them on the toes and if they miss, it will hit the stumps and I knew if they are waiting for the yorkers, my slower balls can be really deceptive. So, I was just trying to mix it up and get as many wickets as I can,” Harshal advised Maxwell.
“I told AB de Villiers when I got there that I am there with you and we are going to win this game. Obviously, whenever you hit the winning runs, it does not matter whether it is a boundary or a single, it is a special feeling. Great day on the field,” he added.