Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

Frederick Owens
April 21, 2017

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have played 18 matches the IPL, with both the teams winning nine games each.

England global Jos Buttler produced an innings of brute power to outshine Hashim Amla and inspire Mumbai Indians to a stunning eight-wicket win over Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell's Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

Kings XI Punjab were off to a good start with Amla adding 46 runs for the first wicket with Shaun Marsh (26).

Amla brought up his fifty but at this stage of the innings, KXIP needed a Maxwell boost!

Mumbai Indians' chase can be accounted to how they batted, and not to the appreciably improved conditions they would have batted in, as was the case in the last two IPL games at this venue.

Buttler signalled the sort of explosive hitting that was to come from his blade when sending the sixth ball of Sandeep Sharma's opening over for six over deep midwicket. As for the Kings, Axar Patel was their most economical bowler at 10 runs per over.

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Even though Mumbai's top order is yet to click, the middle and lower order have more than made up for the poor starts.

The victory was Mumbai's fifth in six games, while the loss was Punjab's fourth of the season.

The next delivery was a wide, thus giving Mumbai Indians their highest powerplay score in all IPLs at 79, thus bettering their previous score of 78 which was scored back during the inaugural edition of the IPL against the Chennai Super Kings.

While Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Maxwell but Amla was well set by then as he showed one and all that a century in shortest format could be scored playing all the proper cricketing shots.

Kings XI bowlers could look to bowl wide of off stump to the left-handed Rana, and get KC Cariappa to bowl more offbreaks than carrom balls at him. Malinga went for 58 runs; 51 off it came off Amla's willow. They turned to Wriddhiman Saha today, yet again, with incumbent Glenn Maxwell holding himself back, somewhat logically under the impression that Indore pitches tend to get progressively better through the match. Buttler-Rana stand got MI 85 runs in less than 8 overs.

Having lost three games in the trot - Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders - Maxwell's side is looking a little rusty despite having kicked off their IPL campaign with a bang.

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