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Maxwell help Kings XI go top

Glenn Maxwell helped put an end to Chennai's six-match winning run in the Indian Premier League, his brutal innings of 90 powering Kings XI to a 44-run victory in Cuttack.

The Australian all-rounder hit eight sixes and six fours in a stunning 38-ball knock that propelled his side to 231-4 - the joint fifth-highest total in the history of the 20-over competition.

Maxwell's compatriot George Bailey weighed in with 40 not out off a mere 13 deliveries while David Miller made 47 as the Kings XI smashed 162 runs in the second half of their innings.

The Super Kings fell comfortably short in reply, ending up on 187-6 to not only see their streak come to an end but also surrender top spot in the table to their opponents.

There was no sign of what was to come when the home side were reduced to 38-2 in the sixth over, Virender Sehwag departing for 30 having already seen opening partner Mandeep Singh fall to Mohit Sharma (2-38) for three.

Super partnership

However Chennai were made to wait for a further breakthrough, Maxwell and Miller combining in a superb third-wicket partnership that saw the pair put on 135 in 64 balls.

Dwayne Smith bowled Miller to eventually end the alliance, but that simply allowed Kings XI skipper Bailey to come in and play a cracking unbeaten cameo that saw him manage two sixes and six boundaries.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the Chennai bowler to suffer the most, his two overs disappearing for 38. Fellow India international Ravindra Jadeja leaked 37 from 18 balls himself, while Sharma's figures were spoilt when he gave up 23 runs in the final over.

The Super Kings suffered an early blow in their run chase when Smith fell for just four, and while Brendon McCullum (33) and Suresh Raina (35) put on 51 they were unable to keep up with the required rate.

Faf du Plessis lifted the pace with 52 from 25 balls before becoming the first of two wickets for Mitchell Johnson, Mahendra Singh Dhoni his other victim when the Chennai skipper skewed a pull shot to opposite number George Bailey.