Glenn Maxwell was unable to take the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) previous the end line when it took on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.
From needing simply 29 runs from 4 overs with 9 wickets in hand, KXIP misplaced the sport by two runs. Half-centuries from skipper Ok. L. Rahul and his opening accomplice Mayank Agarwal weren’t sufficient because the middle-order misfired massive time.
Maxwell got here in after 20-year-old Prabhsimran Singh was dismissed for simply 4 off seven balls. However, he wasn’t capable of center the ball throughout his quick keep on the crease.
Needing seven from the final ball bowled by Sunil Narine, Maxwell swung for the fences. But the ball fell simply millimetres quick off the boundary rope, giving KKR the two-run victory from out of nowhere.
This is Punjab’s sixth loss from seven outings within the 2020 IPL. The group is now making it a behavior to throw away video games from successful positions, with the middle-order failing to assist Rahul and Agarwal.
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen had advised that Maxwell ought to be dropped from the KXIP line-up after his failure in opposition to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Dubai on Tuesday.
“This year will be very very difficult for Rahul. He has not got the support of his big players and that one particular big player is Maxwell. Maxwell needs to either be sidelined or he gets one more chance,” he had stated at the moment.
Maxwell has scored solely 58 runs at a median of 14.50 to date this season, and he’s set to get replaced by West Indies opener Chris Gayle in KXIP’s subsequent encounter.