Glenn Maxwell hit two huge sixes in the opening encounter of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The opening match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore turned out to be a thrilling encounter. The match set the stage for what is to follow in this year’s IPL. By the looks of the first match, we can assume that Glenn Maxwell is going to have a memorable outing this season.
Maxwell was totally out of form playing for the Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings ) in last year’s IPL. In the 2014 season, he scored 552 runs for Punjab Kings and guided them to their first-ever IPL finals. However, since then he has not had a memorable outing in the IPL.
The last year was his worst season in IPL history. He managed to accumulate only 108 runs in 13 matches. Maxwell did not even hit a single six in IPL 2020. However, RCB still entrusted their faith in Maxwell in this year’s auction and bought him for a huge amount of INR 14.25 crores. Maxwell has brilliantly started the IPL 2021.
Glenn Maxwell reverse slog sweeps Rahul Chahar
Then, in the first ball of the 11th over, Rahul Chahar bowled a leg break to Maxwell outside the off stump. Maxwell attempted his trademark switch hit- the reverse slog sweep. The ball took the top edge of his bat but still went over the fence as it often does with Maxwell. There was a deep point in place, but Maxwell still played that shot.
Maxwell hit a huge six off Krunal Pandya
The man who failed to hit a single six last year now hit a six off the 16th ball that he faced. He started cautiously having scored just 18 runs off 15 balls, Then he stepped on the accelerator. He smacked a huge six that landed outside the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Krunal Pandya tossed up delivery and Maxwell came charging down the track and then smacking it cleanly.
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Match Summary: MI vs RCB
Coming to the game, Harshal Patel picked up 5 wickets and became the first-ever bowler to register a 5-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians. His performance restricted Mumbai Indians to a total of 159 for 9. Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first. At one stage, Mumbai was in a strong position at 135 for 3 in the 16th over. Then, Harshal Patel turned the tide in RCB’s favor.
He first picked the wicket of Hardik Pandya. He then scalped the wickets of Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Marco Jansen to register his first five-wicket haul in IPL. Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson also supported him well giving away just 22 and 27 runs off their four overs respectively. Chris Lynn was the top scorer for Mumbai and Suryakumar Yadav scored 31 runs.
RCB chased down the target in the last ball of the innings with 2 wickets left in their tank. the match went right down to the wire, as Mumbai kept chipping away with the wickets. It needed a show from AB de Villiers to guide them to the victory. De Villiers top-scored for RCB scoring 48 runs off 27 balls.