Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Glenn Maxwell produced an absolute gem of a knock in the ongoing clash against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai. Glenn Maxwell arrived when the Royal Challengers Bangalore had lost a couple of wickets in the second over and crafted a potential match-winning inning. Captain Virat Kohli might have departed early; however, he was ecstatic when Maxwell reached his second half-century and clapped crazily.
Glenn Maxwell reached his half-century off 28 balls in the ninth over by nudging a single to long-on. The right-handed batsman is living up to the billing in the current season as the Royal Challengers decided to purchase him for INR 14.25 crores. It was also the Victorian’s second consecutive half-century as he mustered another crucial one in the previous game against the SunRisers Hyderabad. In the process, he also became the leading run-getter in IPL 2021.
But Maxwell was unfortunate to reach a well-deserved hundred after a game-changing knock on a challenging pitch. The 32-year old’s fellow countryman, Pat Cummins, bounced him out as he top-edged to fine leg, where Harbhajan Singh took a simple catch. He departed for 78 off 49 deliveries, laced with nine fours and three sixes and shared partnerships of 83 and 53 with Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers respectively.
Below is the clip of Virat Kohli’s reaction when Glenn Maxwell reached his half-century:
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Eventually, the Royal Challengers Bangalore finished with a daunting score of 204 in 20 overs. While Glenn Maxwell’s knock was arguably crucial, AB de Villiers and Kyle Jamieson provided the fireworks at the end, with the former ending with an unbeaten 76 off 34 balls. De Villiers thrashed Andre Russell for 21 runs in the last over to lift his side to what is likely to be a winning total.