IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians crush Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets


In today's match, the Kings XI Punjab will be facing the mighty Mumbai Indians at the Holkar stadium in Indore.

MI stormed past a massive 199-run target in just 15.3 overs with Rana and all-rounder Hardik Pandya (15 n o, 4b, 2×4, 1×6) completing the task. Rana then finished off in style by smashing a six over long on to script a brilliant win for the Mumbai Indians, and remained unbeaten for 62 off 34 deliveries, hitting seven sixes and not even a single four.

Jos Buttler scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) half-century to provide the ideal start to Mumbai Indians' run chase against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday.

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

Playing shots that would delight the purists, Amla didn't spare any of the Mumbai Indians bowlers en route his unbeaten 104 off 60 balls, which included six sixes and eight boundaries.

A maiden century from Hashim Amla went in vain as Mumbai Indians fired past KXIP to win their 5th game on the trot comfortably. He was out for 37 off 18 balls at 81-1.

The pair continued to trade in sixes, with Buttler passing his previous T20 best of 73 not out against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl past year, though he eventually fell in the 14th over when skying a Mohit slower ball to mid-off.

It proved to be a costly miss for the hosts as Buttler made them pay with three boundaries in the fifth over.

The next delivery was a wide, thus giving Mumbai Indians their highest powerplay score in all IPLs at 79, thus bettering their previous score of 78 which was scored back during the inaugural edition of the IPL against the Chennai Super Kings. Malinga went for 58 runs; 51 off it came off Amla's willow. Buttler-Rana stand got MI 85 runs in less than 8 overs. Kieron Pollard's contribution to the side can not be undermined after his match-winning knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders. On Thursday, Punjab will play their last home game here before heading back to Mohali and given their run so far, Glenn Maxwell's team will look to seize every opportunity in Indore against a side that has shown great momentum so far.

Maxwell (40 off 18) struck two fours and three sixes in Mitchell McClenaghan's 15th over costing 28, while Amla blasted a pair of each in Lasith Malinga's 16th costing 22.