'Take a bow': Glenn Maxwell at centre of 'extraordinary' IPL drama

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Pictured left is RCB captain Virat Kohli, with teammates Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell on the right.
Srikar Bharat and Glenn Maxwell (pictured right) starred in Royal Challengers Bangalore's dramatic last-ball win. Pic: IPL

Glenn Maxwell has written another chapter in an incredible Indian Premier League season after sharing in an extraordinary match-winning partnership with Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, Srikar Bharat.

Maxwell continued his wizardry in Friday's final group match, plundering his sixth IPL fifty of the year to help Bangalore seal a remarkable last-ball, seven-wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals in Dubai.

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Bharat (78 not out) and Maxwell (51 not out) combined in an unbeaten century stand to guide Bangalore to 3-166 off the last ball after Delhi had made 5-164 with a great start from Prithvi Shaw (44) and Shikhar Dhawan (43).

Bangalore found themselves reeling at 3/55 when Maxwell joined Bharat at the crease in the 10th over.

The Royal Challengers still needed a daunting 110 runs from 63 deliveries to win the contest, with Maxwell and Bharat sharing in a batting masterclass.

Bharat - who blasted his unbeaten 78 runs off just 52 balls - proved the hero at the death, with a last-ball six snatching victory.

Avesh Khan bowled a wide delivery down the leg side which Bharat lofted back over the fast bowler's head for a straight six, sending fans into raptures and leaving captain Virat Kohli in awe.

"Unbelievable," Kohli said. "It was a game where we had nothing to lose, but still to lose early wickets and do well against a team at the top of the table is good. We've beaten them twice this season."

Fans took to social media in droves to praise Bharat and Maxwell over the incredible batting display.

Maxwell's unbeaten 51 (off 33 balls), saw him take his tally to the season to 498 runs, making him the fifth top scorer in the league in this year's edition. 

Only KL Rahul, with 30 sixes, has smashed more than the Victorian's 21.

Defending champs crash out

Elsewhere, defending champions Mumbai Indians failed to reach the playoffs after being edged out on run rate, despite a gutsy effort in Abu Dhabi.

Mumbai, winners for the last two years, realistically had no chance of making it into the final four but they produced some fireworks as they hammered Sunrisers Hyderabad by 42 runs.

Needing a miraculous victory by more than 170 runs to displace Kolkata Knight Riders from the top four in the standings, Mumbai rode on Ishan Kishan's remarkable fastest half-century of the season to make a brave attempt with their 9-235 total.

Kishan raised his fifty off just 16 balls and went on to score 84 off 32 balls with 11 fours and four sixes before he was caught behind in the 10th over.

Mumbai kept on accelerating through Suryakumar Yadav's blistering 82 off 40 balls to post a hefty total, hoping that their bowlers could skittle the Sunrisers for a low score.

But Hyderabad, eighth and last in the standings with only three wins in 14 group matches, dug deep and actually looked threatening in the run chase - if only briefly - before they were restricted to 8-193.

The result meant Mumbai and Kolkata both finished with seven wins, but the Knight Riders ousted the five-time champions on net run rate.

Kolkata will next take on RCB in an eliminator on Monday with only the winner progressing.

Before then, table-topping Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings will meet on Sunday in Dubai in the first qualifier, with the winners going straight to the final and the losers facing the Kolkata-Bangalore victors.

with AAP

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