Maxwell and Miller underlined their credentials as big-match players by leading Kings XI Punjab to back-to-back wins in the IPL 7. (BCCI)
The M-factor for the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 7 season seven seems to be working well. (Glenn) Maxwell and (David) Miller are the two juggernauts who again proved to be the match winners for the Punjab-based outfit.
Maxwell and Miller underlined their credentials as big-match players by leading Kings XI Punjab to back-to-back wins in the IPL 7. This was the second time in the tournament when the duo did the job for team.
On a Sunday evening in Sharjah, Maxwell smashed a breath-taking 89 off 45 balls while Miller came up with a whirlwind onslaught of 51 off just 19 balls to set up the KXIP's incredible run chase against the Rajasthan Royals.
Though, Maxwell regretted not being able to bat till the end for his team and said: "I have a plan for each ball, just try and hit different gaps. Depending on the field they set, I know where the ball is going to be. Worries me more that I was not there at the end to hit the winning runs that was a job half finished."
For the Kings XI Punjab, who were given a daunting 192-run target by the Rajasthan Royals, it was Maxwell who yet again played a gem of a knock, turning the match on its head. The Australian laid the foundation with his hard-hitting knock and took Punjab from a precarious situation after they were reduced to 2 for 10. Maxwell's glittery innings was laced with eight boundaries and six sixes. On the other hand, Miller, who came to bat at No. 5 after Maxwell's departure, finished the job in his own style. With his devastating batting, Miller plundered six gigantic sixes to clinch the victory for KXIP with 1.2 overs to spare.
Previously, KXIP, riding on Miller and Maxwell's batting, opened their IPL 7 campaign with a bang. They stunned the two-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets.
Chasing an improbable 206-run target, KXIP achieved it in just 18.5 overs. Maxwell, who missed a T20 century, scored 95 runs off mere 43 balls while Miller proved a perfect finisher, scoring 54 off 37 balls.
Punjab are somehow struggling with their top order as it failed to fire in both the occasions. In this situation, KXIP will be totally relying on their M-factor and would hope them to come good.