Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Glenn Maxwell won the player of the match award against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 48th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, October 3.
Winning the toss and batting first openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal provided an excellent start to the team. They managed to add 55 runs during the powerplay.
After facing a mini batting collapse they were reduced at 73/3. However, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers and added 73 runs off just 39 balls to provide some stability to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Meanwhile, in the end, RCB posted 164 runs on the board.
Chasing the target the Punjab Kings (PBKS) openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul shined and added 91 runs for the first wicket. However, after losing KL Rahul and Nicholas Pooran, Punjab Kings were in slight trouble.
Eventually, they lost back-to-back wickets which resulted in the Punjab Kings losing the game by the margin of 6 runs. Only KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal looked in good form for Punjab Kings and all the other batters looked fragile.
To Have It Set Up By The Openers Today Gave Us Some Time To – Player Of The Match Glenn Maxwell
After being awarded player of the match for his 57 runs off 33 balls, Maxwell during the post-match presentation said :
“Came in at a nice time to bat. Lucky to hit the first couple of risks out of the middle. I feel like the last two years of IPL I have batted nicely.”
Also, Maxwell stated that the opening duo of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal set up the game for the middle order batsmen. Glenn Maxwell elaborated:
” To have it set up by the openers today gave us some time to get an idea of the wicket. Coming into RCB they wanted me to do the exact same role (as with Australia).”
Further, Maxwell told that Sharjah is probably the most difficult surface to adjust on and batters have to be sharper during the beginning of the innings. He asserted:
“This (Sharjah) is probably the most difficult to adjust to. The spinners get it to skid on which means you have to be sharper at the start of your innings.”