'Game-changing': Insane moment halts red-hot Glenn Maxwell in IPL

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Glenn Maxwell (pictured right) looking disappointed and (pictured left) Kane Williamson running out Maxwell.
Glenn Maxwell (pictured right) was run-out after a moment of brilliance from Kane Williamson (pictured left) during the IPL. (Images: VIVO IPL)

Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell has continued his good run-of-form leading into the T20 World Cup, despite his Royal Challengers Bangalore going down to the Sunrisers Hyberbad.

Veteran Dan Christian shone with the ball and Maxwell starred with the bat, but the contributions of their two Australians couldn't quite lift Bangalore to victory in their latest Indian Premier League clash in Abu Dhabi.

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The veteran allrounder, Christian, produced a brilliant 2-14 off his three overs to to keep Sunrisers Hyderabad down to 7-141 on Wednesday evening.

Christian produced a caught and bowled, which saw him juggle the ball multiple times before regaining.

And Maxwell proved to be the best RCB batter on the day with another blistering 40 off 25 balls.

The 32-year-old Victorian had looked in terrific nick, playing better than anyone else on a difficult pitch, his 40 having included two sixes off the man who may well be T20's finest bowling exponent, Rashid Khan.

It took him to 21 sixes for the IPL season, just one behind the league leader KL Rahul, of the Punjab Kings.

But his promising innings ended with him looking like a picture of frustration after being run out in spectacular fashion.

Maxwell appeared pushed into a run by his struggling partner Devdutt Padikkal, who was trying to get him on strike, before he was comfortably run out.

New Zealand star Kane Williamson moved from cover to pick the ball up one-handed, before rocketing the ball into the stumps to send a shellshocked Maxwell packing.

Maxwell looked understandably peeved as he walked off muttering to himself.

"Maxi's run-out was the game-changing moment," conceded Kohli, whose men have already qualified for the IPL playoffs.

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RCB fell just short of their target in the final over of their chase, eventually losing by just four runs on 6-137.

Kohli, who only scored five at the top of the RCB innings, reckoned that Maxwell's run out was the match's turning point.

AB de Villiers, following Maxwell, tried to work his magic but didn't see enough of the strike and, with 13 needed off the last over, even his straight six off the fourth ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumar ultimately wasn't enough.

De Villiers needed to hit the last ball for six but could only muster a single as the Sunrisers earned only their third win of the campaign.

Earlier, Christian had been superb, getting the ball to grip in the surface and taking two wickets in his second over, including a brilliant catch off his own bowling to get rid of England World Cup winner Jason Roy, who had made a very threatening 44 off 38 balls.

Roy smashed a thunderous drive straight at the 38-year-old, who couldn't get out of the way but showed excellent reflexes to take the grab, albeit with a couple of juggles before he pouched it.

Christian, who, amazingly, is playing for his 19th different T20 franchise in a globetrotting career, didn't fare so well with the bat, scoring just one off four balls.

Asked afterwards how long he might have left on his cricketing travels, Christian said: "I've still got a couple (of years) left, I'm still really enjoying it," he said.

"Nice personally to get a couple of wickets today, but it was a fantastic effort from everyone out there."

Of his catch, he smiled modestly: "That was self-preservation. Jason absolutely smacked it and I was lucky - it just sort of rebounded off my hip and it went straight into my hands."

with AAP

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