IPL 2021: SRH vs RCB: Player of the Day – The 'Big Show' redeems himself in the IPL
Glenn Maxwell registered his first half-century since IPL 2016 to take RCB to a commanding position.
When Glenn Maxwell arrived at the crease, Royal Challengers Bangalore were in a spot of bother. They had lost opener Devdutt Padikkal and Shahbaz Ahmed inside the first 7 overs. The track at Chennai appeared to be tricky and even the great Virat Kohli seemed to be struggling, trying desperately to avoid a mishap.
Maxi was greeted to the crease with four wonderful deliveries from Shahbaz Nadeem which fetched him no runs at all. SRH captain David Warner was quick to act and brought on his trusted spinner Rashid Khan to inflict more damage in an interesting match-up with The Big Show.
Maxwell got off the mark with a boundary against Rashid. He then took on Shahbaz Nadeem in the 11th over and was relentless in his hitting. The first ball of the over was sent to the stands, the second one was rifled through the covers for a boundary and the third one was pulled again for a six. Glenn Maxwell had come alive and was kicking.
Jason Holder complicated things for RCB by dismissing their skipper Kohli in the 13th over. Things went from bad to worse when Rashid Khan defeated AB De Villiers in the very next over and RCB barely got going with the flow of runs.
Receiving little to no support from the likes of Washington Sundar, Dan Christian, and Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell had a job to do – take the game deep. And he did exactly that with a superb demeanour.
Glenn Maxwell scored his first IPL half-century since IPL 2016
Managing to see through the storms until the 18th over, Glenn Maxwell brought out the big guns once again and found gaps in the field with ease. In the process, he got to his fifty, his seventh in the IPL and the first once since 2016 – unbelievable for a player of his quality, his stature, and his price.
By the end of the match, Sunrisers Hyderabad fell six runs short of the mark. Despite some terrific bowling by the likes of Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Shahbaz Nadeem, make no mistake, Glenn Maxwell's innings proved to be the difference between the two sides tonight.
For too long, RCB have relied on Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers to bail them out of any position or any situation in the IPL. This time, when both of them faltered, it was the blockbuster signing who got them singing. Royal Challengers Bangalore could definitely use more match-saving innings from 'The Big Show', like the one he put on show tonight,