IPL 2017 RPS vs KXIP: Maxwell bats KXIP to opening win | Memsaab.com

RPS 163/6 (20.0 Ovs) KXIP 164/4 (19.0 Ovs), Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wkts

Kings XI Punjab rounded off a comfortable win over the Rising Pune Supergiants, as Glenn Maxwell and David Miller got the home side to safe waters in the end.

Kings XI Punjab rounded off a comfortable win over the Rising Pune Supergiants, as Glenn Maxwell and David Miller got the home side to safe waters in the end.
In This Image: Glenn Maxwell
The batsmen struggled to get going on an Indore pitch that had a little grass cover. KXIP did not have a daunting total to chase down. However, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, while Hashim Amla (28) held the fort for a while.
 

The likes of Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, and Rohit Chahar also did well to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.

The likes of Ben Stokes, Imran Tahir, and Rohit Chahar also did well to stem the flow of runs in the middle overs.
In This Image: Glenn Maxwell
However, it all changed once Maxwell and Miller walked in to bat. The duo scored at a brisk pace, to bring down the rising required run rate. Maxwell hit four 6s and two 4s on his way to an unbeaten 44 off just 20 balls.

Earlier, the RPS players also struggled in the early and the middle overs, as they lost star batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni early on.

Earlier, the RPS players also struggled in the early and the middle overs, as they lost star batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni early on.
In This Image: Glenn Maxwell
Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary came on to their rescue though, guiding them to a respectable total of 163 for 6. On the other hand, Fittingly, its captain Glenn Maxwell, who finished off the opposition with a simple single off Ben Stokes' bowling.