Maxwell, Mitch and Starc in IPL action

Written By Unknown on Senin, 28 April 2014 | 23.40

Mitchell Johnson will turn out for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL game with Royal Challengers Bangalore. Source: Morne de Klerk / Getty Images

MITCHELL Starc versus Mitchell Johnson — it's all happening tonight in the Indian Premier League.

Kings XI Punjab take on Royal Challengers Bangalore from 12.30am.

Watch it LIVE here:


Glenn Maxwell has been the player of the tournament to date, but the "Big Show" will face a stern examination when he is confronted by Mitchell Starc. Starc (seven wickets at 16.57 and an economy rate of 7.25) is arguably the form paceman of the tournament and has thrived in his new environment at Royal Challengers Bangalore. He will come face-to-face with Maxwell, who leads all comers with 294 runs at 73.50 and a strike rate of 205.95, and is a major reason behind Kings XI's unbeaten start to the season.

Starc will also be confronted by compatriots George Bailey and Shaun Marsh in the Punjab top order. And in another intriguing all-Australian battle, Kings XI paceman Mitchell Johsnon will face-off with Bangalore batsman Nic Maddinson, who excelled in the Big Bash League but has yet to erupt in the IPL.


Kings XI Punjab have exploded out of the blocks with four wins from as many attempts. Bangalore Royal Challengers are mid-table after a 2-2 start, but have claimed the sizeable scalps of Delhi Daredevils and defending champion Mumbai Indians. Bangalore boast the most intimidating line-up in the IPL with Virat Kholi, AB de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh in the top order. They will be all the more potent with the inclusion of Chris Gayle, who is a day-to-day proposition due to injury.

Kings XI are riding high after their most recent victory over Kolkata Knight Riders. Prior to that match, it had been suggested they relied too heavily on Maxwell after he rattled off innings of 95, 89 and 95 to start the season. Maxwell, however, was dismissed for a modest 15 against the Knight Riders and Kings XI still managed to post a solid victory.


"I'm in awe. Watching (Maxwell's) highlights from that innings (against Chennai), it's like career highlights of most players. He's played nine or ten shots in that one innings that 95 per cent of us would be happy to play over our careers. Obviously he is in great touch. He's obviously got a lot of confidence and he has, while it might not look like that all the time, pretty good plans for most bowlers" — George Bailey

"I've started the tournament quite slowly, coming back from my toe infection and it has taken me a few games to get into it. Probably the best I felt with my bowling was during the training yesterday; I felt like I am in my cricket mode again. Today I felt I was back to bowling like I had been bowling for the past few months. That's where I wanted to get to — bowling as aggressively as I was a few days ago" — Mitchell Johnson

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