In what turned out to be a rather smooth chase for the Mumbai Indians, the King’s XI Punjab found it hard to defend a target of 199. Mumbai’s explosive start and ability to keep the tempo up throughout, helped them chase the total with 27 balls to spare and 8 wickets in hand.
Amla's class powers Punjab
After being asked to bat, Kings XI got off to a good start with Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh. Maxwell made his presence felt with a quick 18 ball 40 and kept the run rate up in the middle overs. But with a mammoth innings of 104 of just 60 balls, it was Amla’s class act that gave Punjab a score of 198 to bowl to. He powered his knock with 8 fours and 6 sixes. The South African is never short on runs and ensures that his consistency across all formats speaks for itself.
Buttler joins the party
The Mumbai Indians didn’t hold back in the second innings either, with Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler giving them a solid start. Parthiv(37 off 18) was the first to go and the duo had put up 81 runs in just 5.5 overs. Buttler was in no mood to hold back and neither was the in form Nitish Rana. They put on another 85 runs for the second wicket and landed Mumbai in an unbeatable position. Rana perished for 62(34 balls) with Mumbai Indians needing only 33 off 41 balls. Jos Buttler starred with an incredible knock of 77 in just 37 balls and carried MI to another win.
Mumbai Indians have now registered 5 back to back wins and are poised on top of the points table. They will play their next game at the Wankhede Stadium on the 22nd of April against the Delhi Daredevils.