IPL: Amla sizzles but Buttler spoils Kings’ party

INDORE, Apr 20: Jos Buttler went on a rampage with a breathtaking 37-ball-77 as Mumbai Indians cantered home by eight wickets against Kings XI Punjab maintaining their pole position in the Indian Premier League, in Indore on Thursday.
Hashim Amla’s superb 103 enabled Punjab put up a competitive 198 for 4 in 20 overs but Buttler made a mockery of the target with Mumbai Indians knocking off the runs in only 15.3 overs.
If Amla was sublime, Buttler’s power-packed shots were scary as he hit seven fours and five sixes, completely overshadowing the effort from the illustrious South African.
The talented Nitish Rana (62 no off 34 balls) was equally exhilarating as he also sent the Kings XI bowlers on a leather-hunt hitting as many as seven sixes. The Buttler-Rana stand got MI 85 runs in less than 8 overs.
Rana got the ‘Purple Cap’ back and finished the match with a six off Mohit Sharma.
Mumbai now have 10 points from six games having won five matches in a row while KXIP slumped to their fourth defeat.
Chasing a near 200-target needed a mandatory good start and Jos Buttler was finally up for it as he punished Ishant Sharma and Sandeep Sharma with equal disdain.
The pint-sized Parthiv Patel also matched him stroke for stroke as they finished the contest in the Powerplay overs itself, adding 81 runs.
Parthiv’s contribution was 37 off 18 balls, hitting four boundaries and two sixes.
Both, Parthiv andButtler matched each other stroke for stroke as the 50 came up in the fourth over itself.
If Sandeep with his military medium pace was getting tonked by Buttler for bowling fuller deliveries, Parthiv was seen using Ishant’s bounce whipping him for a six behind square.
Buttler muscled Sandeep over extra cover as Glenn Maxwell had no answer to this onslaught. Finally, Marcus Stoinis bowled a slower one as Parthiv mistimed it to Maxwell standing at the circle at mid-off pouched an easy catch.
Earlier, opener Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 60-ball 104 powered Kings XI Punjab to a formidable 198 for four against Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Indore on Thursday.
Sent into bat first, Amla top-scored for Kings XI Punjab, making his maiden T20 century, while skipper Glenn Maxwell smashed his way to 40 off just 18 balls, at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

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