Despite letting Punjab score a massive total, Mumbai Indians chased down the mighty 199 at ease with all their batsmen rising to the occasion. Mumbai Indians continue their winning streak as they register their 5th consecutive victory of the season. Mumbai Indians beat the home team, Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets.
Opting to bowl first, Mumbai did not get a good start with Hashim Amla playing a flabbergasting knock. Hashim Amla anchored the KXIP inning with an unbeaten century, which is his first in IPL cricket. Alma, unlike his natural game, dominated the bowling line-up of the touring party.
Skipper Maxwell joined the Proteas opener and carried the momentum by smacking huge boundaries at will. Shaun Marsh also played well and provided a positive start to the home team. Though Amla started off at a slow pace, he improved his strike rate exceptionally. Amla scored more than 50 runs only from Mumbai’s spearhead, Lasith Malinga. This is the second time in IPL cricket, a batsman scored more than 50 runs facing a single bowler. First being Kohli against Umesh Yadav.
Hashim Amla summed up 104 runs from 60 balls including 8 fours and 6 sixes. Amla’s heroics helped Punjab post a humongous total on the board. Maxwell scored a quick 40 at a strike rate of 222, without which Punjab could not have reached such a score. Punjab posted 198 runs onboard with Amla playing all the 20 overs.
Chasing Punjab’s target of 199, Parthiv and Buttler gave Mumbai a blistering start. The Mumbai openers added 80 runs for the first wicket. Striking the ball exceptionally well and timing the ball to perfection, Parthiv, and Buttler displayed extreme class. Buttler’s huge hits occasionally were simply astonishing to watch.
Jos Buttler’s epic batting did the trick for Mumbai as they chased down Punjab’s humongous score at ease. He scored 77 of 37 at an impeccable strike rate of 208. He added 85 runs for the second wicket with Rana, the in-form batsman. Nitish Rana who is having a wonderful season scored another half-century and grabs the orange cap. Hardik Pandya who was sent to finish the game joined the party and carried the momentum by scoring quick runs at the end. Mumbai Indians totally destructed the home team’s bowling lineup and chase the huge target within 16 overs.
This is how twitter reacted to Mumbai’s epic victory:
Hashim Amla Scores 104 Off 60 Balls. 😯😯😯
Here's The Reason Why & How.🙏🙏🙏
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) April 20, 2017
— Karan Bhatelia (@Bhukcar) April 20, 2017
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 20, 2017
This is the most MI have scored in first 10 overs of the inns. Prev highest: 120 v RR in 2014. #KXIPvMI
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) April 20, 2017
— cricketnext (@cricketnext) April 20, 2017
7.1> Stoinis to Nitish Rana, SIX
10.1> Ishant to Nitish Rana, SIX
— Sagar Achari (@sagarachari789) April 20, 2017
#KXIPvMI just 10 dot balls played by MI in first 12 over…….👍👍
— jaydeep dongre (@jaydeep_108) April 20, 2017
What an innings by @josbuttler 👏
— Dheeraj Bhupathiraju (@cheeryrules) April 20, 2017
#KXIPvMI Punjab probably needed a double hundred from Hashim Amla to stand some chance.
— CN (@chetan_naik) April 20, 2017
— Satyajeet Jadhav (@satya_j20) April 20, 2017
— Ajit GGMU (@ajit_143) April 20, 2017
— satheeshkumar (@Im_sateesh06) April 20, 2017
— Anurag Kataria (@anuragraj66) April 20, 2017
Happy that Ishant Sharma is back to his IPL form. 😃 #KXIPvMI
— Sir Lazy (@iLazyLad) April 20, 2017