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PHOTOS: Amla sizzles but Buttler spoils Kings' party

April 20, 2017 23:57 IST

Mumbai Indians' Jos Buttler hammered the King's XI Punjab bowlers all over the park, scoring a brilliant 37-ball 77 to help his team sail past the daunting target 

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians' Jos Buttler hammered the King's XI Punjab bowlers all over the park, scoring a brilliant 37-ball 77 to help his team sail past the daunting target. Photograph: BCCI

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.

Nitish Rana scored a blistering 62 off 34 deliveries and has regained the 'Purple Cap'

IMAGE: Nitish Rana scored a blistering 62 off 34 deliveries and has regained the 'Purple Cap'. Photograph: BCCI

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.

Punjab's Marcus Stoinis celebrates the wicket of Parthiv Patel

IMAGE: Punjab's Marcus Stoinis celebrates the wicket of Parthiv Patel. Photograph: BCCI

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.

Kings XI Punjab's Hashim Amla celebrates on scoring his century against Mumbai Indians, his first IPL and T20 ton, in Indore on Thursday

IMAGE: Kings XI Punjab's Hashim Amla celebrates on scoring his century against Mumbai Indians, his first IPL and T20 ton, in Indore on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI

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.

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

But the partnership that really boosted KXIP's run rate was the one between Amla and Maxwell, the duo scoring 83 for the third wicket in 5.3 overs at a staggering rate of 15.09.

Amla struck eight fours and six sixes during his whirlwind knock.

Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell en route his fiery innings of 40 from just 18 deliveries

IMAGE: Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell en route his fiery innings of 40 from just 18 deliveries. Photograph: BCCI

The last six overs produced an astounding 87 runs after KXIP were 111 for 2 at the end of the 14th over.

It was the 15th over of the innings were Maxwell decided to tee off taking 28 runs off the Mitchell McLenaghan over.

The KXIP skipper hit the hapless New Zealand international for three sixes and two fours as he got the required momentum.

The very next over from Malinga saw Amla punce on him taking 22 off that over and suddenly 50 runs came off two overs.

While Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Maxwell, 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.

Mumbai Indians players congratulate Mitchell McClenaghan after dismissing King's XI Punjab's Shaun Marsh 

IMAGE: Mumbai Indians players congratulate Mitchell McClenaghan after dismissing King's XI Punjab's Shaun Marsh. Photograph: BCCI

It was baffling as senior pro Harbhajan Singh, who gave away only 12 runs in 2 overs, didn't get to finish his quota of overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the standout bowler for Mumbai, picking up two wickets.

He made the crucial breakthrough my dismissing opener Shaun Marsh to put the breaks on Punjab’s scoring. Later in the innings, he dismissed Stonis for 1.

But Amla and Patel pushed the scoring and ended with 198-4. 

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