Star Wars: Andrew Tye v Glenn Maxwell

Can Andrew Tye fox the malleable and dazzling Glenn Maxwell with his expert slower ball? The two Aussies go head to head on Sunday for Twenty20 supremacy.

Andrew Tye and Glenn Maxwell.

Can Andrew Tye fox the malleable and dazzling Glenn Maxwell with his expert slower ball? On Sunday, these Australians will come face to face to assert their Twenty20 supremacy for their respective teams. While Tye, the wily seamer, owned the night on April 14 against Rising Pune Supergiant with a five-wicket haul and has otherwise had indifferent outings for the struggling Gujarat Lions, Maxwell has been consistently scoring runs, but is yet to conjure a truly match-winning knock for Kings XI Punjab. Both teams are positioned in the bottom half of the Indian Premier League points table, and need their match-winners to come to the fore.

Maxwell has also shone glimpses of his smart captaincy, especially in the first match against Supergiant. He may look cavalier at the crease, but with time he has shown to be more mature and ready to adjust to situations. His maiden Test century against India was evidence of this. On Sunday, he could go all out and dazzle like he had done for the same team three years ago.

Tye is not as experienced or well-known as Maxwell, but he has specific Twenty20 skills with the ball that helps him shine with the ball in a batsman-friendly format. His slower balls found unsuspecting victims in his match-winning spell against Supergiant, and he could display his wares nicely again, against Kings XI Punjab.

Or, Maxwell may have sized him up suitably for a fusillade of boundaries.