It was a special day in the Indian Premier League because a man makes a tremendous century in a T20 match batting first, his team makes almost 200 and loses with almost 5 overs to spare. It doesn’t happen every now and then in T20 cricket but it happened in Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians match when Hashim Amla made 104 not out and MI chased down 199 in 15.3 overs.
The foundation was the most important thing because as we all know whenever a team chases around 200, the first six overs of 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.
“Conditions were pretty favourable for batting as you can probably tell. 198 was a good score and I thought we would be able to defend it given how well the bowlers had performed recently,” Maxwell said after the hammering which his side received from the Mumbai side at Indore.
Though there were few positives from the match. Maxwell added, “Hashim getting a hundred was a positive. Marsh hit the ball beautifully but he found the fielders with some shots. Plenty of positives on the batting side. Bowlers are bowling well enough to create those chances. Last couple of innings, we’ve dropped a lot of catches.”
Maxwell also added that any time a guy like Buttler comes out and takes you on like that in the power play, there’s nothing you can do, especially on a wicket like Indore one. His bowlers tried change of pace, slower balls, but Buttler hit them all. Punjab go to Rajkot now, another good wicket over there to bat on.
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.