The 7th edition of the VIVO Indian Premier League saw Kings XI Punjab go on an all-conquering run. Though it ended with the Sher-e-Punjab losing out to Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-scoring final, the season had its share of drama and entertainment.
The ‘Modi wave’ in India meant, the league once again had to take a vacation — the warmth of UAE extending their hospitality this time. And our boys were not to disappoint.
A breezy evening at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium was met with some top-quality action as Rajasthan Royals went all guns blazing against the Punjab bowling to reach 191 in their 20 overs.
A daunting task stared at the KXIP and things got even worse when they were reduced to 10 for two by the third over. But, like it’s been the case for this team, a surprise was still in store. Leaving nothing to chance, team’s M factor kicked in soon, cutting the Royals’ attack to size in no time.
First, Glen Maxwell would hammer eight fours and half-a-dozen sixes and then let Killer (David) Miller finish the job with a quickfire 19-ball 51 to take the Kings home with eight balls to spare. Now that’s what Danny Morrison would love to call “The power of double Ds”.
This win, however, wasn’t a surprise for Punjab fans. The Maxwell-Miller combination has been one of the main features of the KXIP’s batting. Time and again the duo have rescued their side from dire situations, smashing their way to glory in an entertaining manner. They share more than 2700 runs between them for KXIP and feature in the second (Miller) and third (Maxwell) place in the list of top scorers for the team.
The two complement each other perfectly with Miller playing the anchor and Maxwell being the aggressive attacker. In fact, Maxwell’s strike rate of 167.27 is the highest among in this side. In the past when the openers have failed to get the team off to a flyer, the two Ms have buckled up and taken charge of the situation.
M&M, as they are popularly known, are a hit among the fans too with pages on social media dedicated only to the duo’s exploits. Wherever they end this year, the duo will always be remembered as the Sher-e-Punjab who mauled the opposition on multiple occasions to protect the pride of Punjab. Their achievements on the field have provided fans with memories that will live long.