Mumbai Indians won by 8 wkts
INDORE: 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, here tonight.
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 leatherhunt hitting as many as seven sixes. Buttler-Rana stand got MI 85 runs in less than 8 overs.
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 the two ’Sharmas’ —— Ishant and Sandeep with equal disdain.
The pint-sized Parthiv Patel also matched him stroke for stroke as they basically finished the contest in the Powerplay overs itself adding 81 runs.
Parthiv’s contribution was 37 off 18 balls, hitting four boundaries and two sixes.
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