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Elated after guiding Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory in their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) opener against Rising Pune Supergiant, Punjab's new skipper Glenn Maxwell on Saturday said the failure of the past seasons is behind them now.

"Nice to start off with a new home ground and get some joy. We haven't had fruitful seasons recently so it was nice. It was a clean slate for the team, we came with blank minds and had plans for all their batsmen," said Maxwell, who scored a fluent 20-ball unbeaten 44 to help his team get over the line with an over to spare.

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Skipper Glenn Maxwell's belligerent 20-ball unbeaten 44 helped Kings XI Punjab start their 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign with a six-wicket win over Rising Pune SupergiantĀ a Holkar Stadium on Saturday. Maxwell, along with South African David Miller (30 from 27 balls), raised an unbeaten 79-run fifth wicket stand to guide Punjab to safety with six balls to spare.

Chasing a decent 164, medium pacer Ashoke Dinda, guilty for leaking 30 runs in the final over against Mumbai Indians, mended his ways and provided the early breakthrough for Pune with the wicket of opener Manan Vohra, who smacked him for a massive six, four balls earlier.

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