Jos Buttler [77 off 37 balls] was at his brilliant best, guiding the Mumbai Indians to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab as the Rohit Sharma-led side chased down 199 in 15.3 overs at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on Thursday.
Prior to this match, the England cricketer had got a few starts in the tournament but had failed to kick on and make a decisive contribution. That wasn't the case against the Kings XI though, as he bludgeoned the ball to all parts of the ground.
Buttler struck seven fours and five sixes during his knock and he was well supported by first, Parthiv Patel [37 off 18 balls] as the duo added 81 for the opening wicket and then, by Nitish Rana [62* off 34 balls] in an 85-run partnership.Rana looked in supreme touch once again, hitting as many as seven sixes during his innings which included zero fours remarkably. After this knock, the Orange Cap has returned to the 23-year-old. The Mumbai blitz overshadowed a splendid century from Hashim Amla [104* off 60 balls], earlier in the day. The South African batsman, who has had question marks raised over his T20 batting, showed that he is a valuable asset in the shortest format of the game by registering his maiden T20 hundred. Amla hit eight fours and six sixes during his knock and took a particular liking to Lasith Malinga. The Kings XI opening batsman took the Sri Lankan pacer to the cleaners, scoring 51 runs from 16 deliveries off his bowling.