Glenn Maxwell fumes at ‘s**t’ question after Kings XI Punjab’s loss in IPL T20

Kings XI Punjab fell to their second successive defeat on Saturday as Delhi Daredevils thrashed them by 51 runs to climb to the third spot on the table.

It was a day when nothing worked in favour of the Punjab franchise — their bowlers conceded 188 runs and their batsmen failed to even come close to the total. Captain Glenn Maxwell, himself fell for his first duck of the season as he holed one to deep mid-wicket. Indian all-rounder Axar Patel (44) was the only to provide a fightback but he lacked support as Kings XI Punjab failed to chase down Delhi Daredevils’ total.

In the post-match conference, Maxwell admitted that his side had to up their game in all departments. However, he took exception to a question on whether he had difficulties playing against spin. This was the first time he fell to spin in the IPL this season, with Amit Mishra taking his wicket. The Kings XI Punjab skipper was not impressed.

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question IPL 2017

Glenn Maxwell reacted angrily to a question on whether he had difficulty playing spin after Kings XI Punjab lost their match to Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 Indian Premier League(BCCI)

“That’s a shocking question,” Maxwell said. “Do you understand in the last three games I’ve hit leg-spinners for six repeatedly? S*** question.” Of the 17 players to have aggregated more than 100 runs in the IPL this season, Maxwell tops the chart in terms of strike rate — a staggering 193. He’s hit nine sixes in the IPL 2017 so far and is just behind AB de Villiers, who has smashed 10 sixes.

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IPL 2017 Match 16 Result : Mumbai Indians record 4th consecutive successful chase with win over Gujarat Lions

Mumbai: Skipper Rohit Sharma found some form going his way as he anchored Mumbai Indians to a six-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions on Sunday.

Chasing a tricky target of 177, skipper Rohit remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 balls with Mumbai Indians knocking off the target with three balls to spare.

The popular franchise maintained their pole position with four wins in five matches with the only defeat coming against Rising Pune Supergiant.

Nitish Rana IPL 2017

Mumbai’s Nitish Rana scored a match-winning 53 against Gujarat Lions.

Lions, on the other hand, have now lost three out of their four games and are languishing at the second last position in the eight-team table.

Credit should also be given to Nitish Rana (53 off 36 balls), who set the platform with another matured effort.

Kieron Pollard (39 of 23 balls) also did his bit with some lusty blows to make it easier for the skipper to add finishing touches.

Needing eight runs off the last over, Rohit guided a yorker past the keeper to take the pressure off. A couple of twos sealed it as the skipper looked relieved having gone through a bad patch since the start of the event.

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IPL 2017: Gujarat Lions aim to complete a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians

Chasing 143 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mumbai Indians lost their first four wickets for just seven runs as West Indies spinner Samuel Badree made a dream debut in RCB colours to claim a hat-trick in the third over. However, Pollard stitched a 93-run partnership for the sixth wicket to turn the game on its head and steer his side to the top of the table.

While this has been Mumbai Indians’ best start since 2013 when they won three of their first four games, Gujarat Lions finally managed to register a win this season, beating Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets at Rajkot on Friday.

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IPL 2017, Match 16 Preview : Mumbai Indians vs Gujrat Lions

The last six IPL matches at the Wankhede Stadium have all been won by teams chasing and hence the toss may prove to be an important factor.

Two-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have been on a roll after loosing their first match against Rising Pune Supergiant by seven wickets. They have won all their matches and are currently second in the points table. Now as they take on Gujarat Lions in match 16 of the ipl, MI will look to continue with their winning run and simultaneously aim to go on top of the table.

MI vs GL match 16 IPL 2017

However, Gujarat will hope to play spoilsport and keep their run of form going after winning its last match. Their famed batting line-up is in fine form. The likes of Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina and Aaron Finch all came good in the last match. Hence, both the teams have a powerful batting line-up and this may very result in a high scoring game. As far as bowlers are concerned MI will be boosted with the presence of Lasith Malinga. After missing Mumbai Indians’ previous match due to illness, Lasith Malinga is expected to be back in the playing XI for the game against Gujarat Lions.

Also in each of MI’s three wins, the Pandya brothers have played a crucial role. They are the x-factor of the home team as their contributions have resulted in wins. MI will hope Krunal and Hardik can continue doing that in this game as well.

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IPL 2017, Match 12 Result : Mumbai Indians win by 4 wickets against RCB

Kieron Pollard waged a different war altogether when Mumbai Indians routed Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Friday.

While the visitors’ victory itself wasn’t a straightforward one, considering RCB’s Samuel Badree claimed a hat-trick to leave them reeling at 33 for five, Pollard’s rescue act was a personal one, ostensibly against player-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.

Pollard, back to his comfortable No 6 position, did whatever Manjrekar said he does. A week ago, Manjrekar, responding to a fellow commentator’s question, called Pollard a “six-seven-overs-left-in-the-innings batsman” who doesn’t have the “versality to pick singles if the boundaries are not coming”. The comment obviously irked Pollard, who said words from Manjrekar are just “verbal diarrhoea”.

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