Defining the unbeatable combination of this year’s IPL edition, Kings XI Punjab embarked on their campaign with the pair of T20 batting extremes, David Miller and Glenn Maxwell. Considering the past records of these limited format experts, it was pretty obvious for the franchise to vouch on their batting talents. However, much against the expectations of the management and the fans, the iconic players fell from their batting standards to a meagre low.
That’s how they rolled back!
The first uncalled experience of the M&M (Miller and Maxwell in KXIPvKKR)
It was the opening match of the Kings XI Punjab against Kolkata Knight Riders. Post a strategic start from the openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra, the team just expected these two talents to capitalise on the opportunity and push the target the farthest from the reach of their opponents. Captain Miller managed to dodge some of the brilliant spells of the Kolkata bowlers, but lost early at a low score of 15. Maxwell on the other hand, faced even more humiliation when he let down the team’s prospects on a duck.
None learnt from the past blunder (DDvKXIP)
Joining the ‘M’ squad this time was Australian Shaun Marsh, who couldn’t play the first match due to a food poisoning episode. Being recovered on time before the second, Shaun Marsh had lots on his shoulders to take care of. And given the T20 stature this left hander boasts, a responsible innings was all that was expected out from him. However, he couldn’t understand the spin variations of Amit Mishra and gave away his wicket at a very early stage.
Back to back dismissals of them
Joining him quickly back in the pavilion was captain David Miller and Glenn Maxwell, who like last time proved redundant for the Kings XI Punjab.
All three got dismissed in the terrific spell of Amit Mishra.