IPL 2014: At Halfway, Punjab XI is the Real King

Kings XI Punjab are back to the top of the Points Tally of IPL 2014 with their 6th win in 7th match. With 7 more matches to go, they have already forced IPL King, Chennai Super Kings into submission twice, the only two matches CSK has lost in their 8 matches so far. They have already created IPL record of maximum wins. With 435 runs, scoring almost 100 more runs than the second best batsmen and with no intention of leaving the Orange Cap, Maxwell has already scored the top 3 and overall 4 of the top 5 scores of this IPL. With Miller and Bailey appearing equally destructive, batting is getting support from the Indian local bowling trio of Akshar Patel, Sandeep Sharma and Rishi Dhawan. Overall with a semifinal spot just 2 more wins away, the big question is can they better their 2008 record or again fizzle in knockout!!

Summary of Matches
1st Match: In a big upset they chased 205 of CSK with the help of 95 by Maxwell and 54 by Miller who added 115 runs for 4th wicket.
2nd Match: Repeat of the first match as they chased another high score of 191/5 by RR as Pujara (40*) first had century partnership with Maxwell (89) and then 67* run partnership with Miller (51*).
3rd Match: Batting power again took them to 193/6 vs SRH, as Maxwell scored 95. Balaji (4/13) ensured there was no fight.
4th Match: Batting firecrackers came to an end as KKR tied them to 132/9 with Sehwag (37) being the top scorer. Bowling surprised all as Sandeep Sharma (3/21), Akshar Patel (2/16), Johnson (2/22), Balaji and Dhawan with a wicket each knocked down KKR batsmen.
5th Match: Sandeep Sharma continued his good run and knocked down strong batting line up of RCB to 124/8 with 15/3. Johnson (2/19), Dhawan (2/14), Balaji (1/17) were also among the wickets. Losing top 5, as Sehwag with 32 was again the highest scorer, finally Captain Bailey (16) and Dhawan (23) took them home.
6th Match: KXIP scored 168/5 at Mumbai with half-century from Saha. But at home MI chased the score easily with onslaught from Pollard and Tare. Except Dhawan (2/23), all the bowlers went for runs.
7th Match: Maxwell and Miller alongwith Bailey destroyed CSK again as they score their 2nd highest total. Maxwell 38-ball 90, MIller 32-ball 47, Bailey 13-ball 40* massacred the disciplined CSK bowlers again. In response CSK managed a 44 run defeat.

Match Results

    1. def CSK by 6 wickets.
    2. def RR by 7 wickets.
    3 def SRH by 72 runs.
    4. def KKR by 23 runs.
    5. def RCB by 5 wickets.
    6. lost to MI by 5 wickets.
    7. def CSK by 44 runs.

Runs Scored and Conceded Every Match

    1. CSK 205/4, KXIP 206/4
    2. RR 191/5, KXIP 193/3
    3. KXIP 193/6, SRH 121
    4. KXIP 132/9, KKR 109
    5. RCB 124/8, KXIP 127/5.
    6. KXIP 168/5, MI 170/5.
    7. KXIP 231/4, CSK 187/6

Key Batsmen

    435 Maxwell
    218 David Miller
    151 Sehwag
    125 Pujara
    109 Bailey

Key Bowlers

    10 Sandeep Sharma
    9 Balaji, Johnson
    7 Dhawan
    6 Akshar Patell
    2 Awana
    1 Kartik, Maxwell

Player of the Matches

    Maxwell (4), Sandeep Sharma (2)

50+ Partnerships

    1. 115 4th Maxwell, Miller vs CSK, Dubai
    2. 116 3rd Pujara, Maxwell vs RR
    3. 67* 4th Pujara, Miller vs RR
    4. 51 1st Sehwag, Pujara vs SRH
    5. 68 3rd Maxwell, Miller vs SRH
    6. 69 3rd Saha, Maxwell vs MI
    7. 135 3rd Maxwell, Miller vs CSK, Cuttack

Team Records

    Created IPL record of 8 consecutive wins.
    2. 2nd team to chase 200+ score.
    3. Equalled IPLs 5th highest team total.

Batting Records

    7 50s (Maxwell 4, Miller 2, Saha 1))
    51 6s (Maxwell 27, Milller 13)
    116 4s (Maxwell 41, Sehwag 18)
    95 by Maxwell is the highest score

Bowling Records

    2 maidens by Sandeep Sharma
    6.57 best economy, Akshar Patel (26 overs)
    45 wickets taken.
    4/13 by Balaji is best individual performance
    10.9 strike rate by Sandeep Sharma is the best by any bowler in IPL for current edition.

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