18 Apr 2021: IPL: Glenn Maxwell's performance against Kolkata Knight Riders
Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell has been off to a terrific start in the Indian Premier League 2021.
Form seems to be accompanying him after his arrival in the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp.
The middle-order batsman has smashed 98 runs from two games so far.
He will aim to play in a similar manner against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Let us analyze his stats against them.
Record: A look at his record against KKR
Maxwell has racked up 1,603 runs from 84 matches at a phenomenal strike rate of 153.83 in the IPL.
He averages 22.90 with the bat, and also owns seven half-centuries in the cash-rich league.
Against KKR, he has amassed 339 runs from 15 innings at a strike rate of 151.34.
The phenomenal tally also includes 20 sixes and 26 fours.
Fact: Maxwell has a terrific record against KKR spinner Harbhajan Singh
Once set, Maxwell becomes a nightmare for the bowlers. Against KKR off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Maxwell has smashed 54 runs off 27 balls, while Harbhajan has dismissed him once. It will be interesting to see how he plays against his Australian team-mate Pat Cummins.
SR: Maxwell fired at the death in last game
Maxwell has scored most of his IPL runs in the middle overs (7-15).
Over the years, he has amassed 1,061 runs at an average of 28.68 in these overs.
His strike-rate in this phase reads as 157.42.
Interestingly, his strike-rate soars to 170.33 in the death overs (16-20).
In the previous game (against SRH), he registered a strike-rate of 186.67 in this phase.
RCB vs KKR: Will the in-form Maxwell continue his run?
Maxwell has been handed a new role by the RCB management.
Skipper Virat Kohli is using him at number four by demoting star batsman AB de Villiers in the line-up.
This move has certainly reaped dividends thus far.
He scored 59 off 41 against SRH, and played a brief cameo (39) in the tournament opener.
He is likely to fire against KKR as well.