Mumbai Indian went berserk against the Kings Eleven Punjab in their tie at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore. KXIP scored almost 200 but didn’t able to defend their total despite their opener Hashim Amla scoring an unbeaten century, second one of this Indian Premier League edition. Their heroes with the bat were openers Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel and their in-form domestic batsman Nitish Rana.
The foundation was the most important thing because as we all know whenever a team chases around 200, the first six overs inside the power play are most crucial because mostly it defines whether that team will be able to chase the target or not. And Buttler and Parthiv Patel did exactly the same piling 82 runs in just 6 overs which eventually changed the whole game. Buttler went on to make 77 in jusr 37 balls.
Man of the match Buttler said, “I found some really good touch in the tournament. I was always desperate to carry on and am glad that it has come out today. It is a small ground and it is a fantastic wicket as well. Luckily we won the toss and we got off to a good start after which we managed to carry the momentum right through the innings.”
“Today chasing that kind of total was good for me to go on from ball one and not think too much about it with the field in. I almost tried too hard in the last few games to score the runs because I felt in good touch. With a big score you can just go for your shots which is what happened today. I just tried to stay still and the shots came off,” he added in the post-match presentation.
Mumbai will now go back to their home den at Wankhede Stadium where they will face a confident Delhi Daredevils side who are performing quite well under their legendary coach Rahul Dravid. On the other hand Punjab will travel to Rajkot, Gujarat to play a tough away game with Gujarat Lions.
It was a tough loss for KXIP but at the same time a huge positive for them indeed in the form of their South African opener. Many IPL records were broken during the match and it was a complete entertainer for the crowd who showed up in great numbers to see the last match on this Indore venue this year.