Best Innings of Glenn Maxwell in IPL
Although he has been in and out of the Australian national side, Glenn Maxwell has been a firm fan favourite in the IPL since he made his debut in the tournament. A former player for Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, and Kings XI Punjab, Maxi has delivered some brutal knocks on his way to winning several matches single-handedly for his side.
Some of these innings are covered in the following list of the top 5 Best Batting Performance of Glenn Maxwell in IPL.
Top 5 Best innings of Glenn Maxwell in IPL
5. 68 (42) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (2016)
We start this list of the top 5 Best innings of Glenn Maxwell in IPL matches with one of his trademark quickfire half-centuries, this one coming against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2016. Playing for Kings XI Punjab, Maxwell was helping his side chase down KKR’s target of 165, which they had set thanks to half-centuries from Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir. The Australian’s 68 off 42 balls, which contained 6 fours and 4 sixes, got his side close to the target, but with no support from his fellow batsmen, it proved to be too little too late. Kings XI finished on 157/9 in their 20 overs, losing by 7 runs.
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4. 89 (45) vs Rajasthan Royals (2014)
Next on this list of the top 5 best innings of Glenn Maxwell in his IPL career is a match-winning effort against Rajasthan Royals in 2014. This also came from his stint with Kings XI Punjab and was part of a successful chase. Batting first, the Royals had put up an imposing score of 191/5, with Sanju Samson and Shane Watson scoring half-centuries. However, Maxwell put the Royals’ bowling attack to the sword in the chase, scoring 89 off just 45 balls with 8 fours and 6 sixes en route leading his side to a comfortable 7-wicket win.
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3. 90 (38) vs Chennai Super Kings (2014)
Another entry, another swashbuckling, match-winning half-century from the big-hitting Aussie. This time, it was the Chennai Super Kings on the receiving end of a 38-ball 90 from Maxwell, an innings studded with 6 fours and 8 sixes. This masterclass of big-hitting took Maxwell’s Kings XI Punjab side to 231/4 in their 20 overs, setting CSK a tough target. The men in yellow gave it a good go but it proved to be beyond their reach, only managing 187/6 in their 20 overs and handing Kings XI the win by 44 runs. Maxwell rightfully claimed the man of the match award for his efforts.
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2. 95 (43) vs Chennai Super Kings (2014)
Securing a second place on this list of the Best Batting Performance of Glenn Maxwell in IPL cricket is his stunning onslaught of 95 off just 43 balls scored for Kings XI Punjab against Chennai Super Kings in 2014. This season, Maxwell was particularly brutal against the men in yellow, having scored a 38-ball 90 against them in the reverse fixture. This time, he went 5 runs better, hitting 15 fours and 2 sixes as his side chased down Chennai’s imposing target of 206 with some ease. Once again, Maxwell was rewarded for his efforts with the man of the match award.
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1. 95 (43) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (2014)
Surprisingly, the first and the second entry on this list of the top 5 innings of Glenn Maxwell are 43-ball 95-run knocks. Even more surprisingly, they both came within 4 days of each other! Fresh from his match-winning heroics against Chennai Super Kings, Maxwell’s next target was the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Australian’s innings included 5 fours and 9 sixes as Kings XI posted a total of 193/6 in their 20 overs after batting first. SRH were under pressure right from the word go and never got their innings going. Eventually, they folded for 121 in 19.2 overs, giving Kings XI the easy 72-run win.
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