Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan greeted RCB all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for smart bowling against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Wednesday. The RCB broke its losing streak with a 13-run win over CSK on Wednesday at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
On a ground that was slow and two-way, RCB used its spinners very effectively, including Maxwell. There was no presence of dew factors, but RCB captain Faf du Plessis set up spinners in early substitutions to prevent Harshal Patel from racing for death.
Maxwell took advantage of the extra jump to his advantage and fired Robin Uthapp and Ambati Rayudu in successive overs. Maxwell hit a short and sloping delivery, which Uthappa saved for Suyash Prabhudesai at the back point. The Australian off-spinner cleared Rayudu in the next over and then finished at 2/22 out of four overs.
The turning point in bowling came through Maxwell: Irfan Patan
Irfan said Maxwell bowled the best spell of his IPL career and credited the Australian for turning the match around with incredible bowling efforts.
“It was such a good spell with four times, it was no better in his (Maxwell’s) IPL career. This is the second time he has given 22 or fewer runs, given 22 runs today and only once before this, ”Irfan told Star Sports.
“He continued bowling in good areas, he bowled with his brain, his control as the sixth bowler was extremely good. The turning point in bowling came through Maxwell. You expect Harshal Patel, Hazlewood or Hasaranga to come and give key passes, but he (Maxwell) has rejected the two hitters who play the best spin, ”he added.
It was about bowling inside the stumps and changing the seam angle: Glenn Maxwell on his bowling magic
Maxwell mentioned that he tried to change the angle of the seam and found that he took advantage of Uthapp’s dismissal in the second ball of his spell.
“For me, it was about bowling inside the stumps and changing the seam angle to try to get a variable rotation. It helps that they had two lefties, and I managed to throw the ball away. He just gives us another option with the ball in the back, ”Maxwell told official transmitters after the game.
“It closes one side of the ground [on bowling from round the wicket to the right-hander]. That Robin, if I did it over the stumps, it would be more of a blow, which is his strength. I guess the key was to squeeze him and not give him space, “he added.
RCB advanced to the top four on the table while CSK almost dropped out of the tournament. RCB will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 8 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.