Maxwell leads Kings XI Punjab to victory over Rising Pune Supergiant

"It was a clean slate for the team, we came with blank minds and had plans for all their batsmen", said Maxwell, who scored a fluent 20-ball unbeaten 44 to help his team get over the line with an over to spare.

MS Dhoni, could not stop himself from celebrating his team's victory after it thrashed Mumbai Indian's by 7 wickets in their opening match of IPL Season 10.

After being given the chance to bat first, Rising Pune supergiants made 163 for 6 in their 20 overs.

It was a tremendous all-round performance from Kings XI Punjab.

Riding on a disciplined bowling effort, Kings XI Punjab restricted Rising Pune Supergiant to 163/6 in the fourth match of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Holkar Stadium here on Saturday.

The Daredevils, on the other hand, lost by 15 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the only game they had played in the tournament so far.

Had a DRS system been in place a review would have been successful however no such system is in play during the IPL and the gesture was interpreted as a mild form of dissent. The stand-out performer for Pune with the ball has been South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who picked up three and two wickets respectively in the first two games. Many times Smith was also taking tips from Dhoni.

Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith stepped in to try and take control of the innings, but the Indian opener was dismissed for just 19 as he swept T Natarajan to Marcus Stoinis at cover.

The Maxwell show: KXIP never looked in any sort of trouble in their chase, but losing Hashim Amla and Akshar Patel in quick succession did put them in a spot of bother.

Winning skipper and man of the match Maxwell said after the triumph: "Nice to start off with a new home ground and get some joy".

Stokes raced to a half-century in 30 balls and would have liked to stay around a little longer but fell to Axar Patel soon after. When Maxwell and Miller (30 not out) cut loose, Smith appeared to run out of ideas.

Earlier, after the fall of the top order that left Pune at 49 for three in the ninth over, Stokes showed why he commanded a Rs 14.5 crore price at the auction.

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