Indore, April 20: South Africa batting star Hashim Amla's maiden T20 century went in vain as Mumbai Indians thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets with 27 balls to spare in the league game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 here on Thursday (April 20).
Riding over Jos Buttler's 37ball-77 and Nitish Rana's unbeaten 62 off 34, Mumbai convincingly chased down the target of 199 for the loss of two wickets in 15.3 overs at Holkar Stadium. [Match scorecard]
Buttler's innings, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana's unbeaten 62, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla's maiden T20 century for Kings XI, as the visitors overhauled the massive target of 199, with more than four overs to spare.
Buttler and his opening partner Parthiv Patel started the onslaught from the very first over dispatching Punjab bowlers for a sixes and boundaries as Mumbai raced to 50 in just four overs.
Put into bat, the hosts were off to a steady start with Amla (104 not out) and Shaun Marsh (26) putting on 46 runs before Maxwell took just one over from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan, milking 28 runs, to change the complexion of their innings.
Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell too made some valuable contributions with the bat as he scored a quick fire 40 off 18 balls to help his side post a good total against Mumbai.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to chase against Punjab. The move didn't derive expected results for the Mumbai side as Punjab batters kept punishing them for boundaries.
Here are the highlights of the match between MI and KXIP:
# Fifth consecutive win for the Mumbai Indians on the trot.
# Fourth successive defeat for Kings XI Punjab in the tournament.
# Jos Buttler's 77 off 37 balls, is his highest score in T20 cricket.
# Mumbai scored 82 runs in the Powerplay - a record for them.
# Mumbai allowed only six dots in the powerplay overs - the second-lowest count in IPL history.
# Nitish Rana struck his fourth half-century in four innings.
# Nitish Rana now has the highest score by a batsman in the IPL without hitting a single four in the innings.
# Nitish Rana (62 off 34) smashed 7 sixes in his innings.
# Rana has become top scorer for Mumbai Indians in this season.
# Rana surpassed David Warner to become leading run scorer in the tournament and earn the Orange Cap.
# First time since 2013 that Mumbai have had 50+ partnerships for the first two wickets.
# Parthiv Patel scored 37 off 18 balls (4x4s, 2x6s).
# Ishant Sharma conceded 58 from his quota of 4 overs.
# Amla got a life on 3, when he was dropped off a difficult chance by Nitish Rana.
# Shaun Marsh completed 500 runs against Mumbai Indians in IPL. He's the 3rd batsman after Suresh Raina (707) and MS Dhoni (524) to do so.
# 46 run opening partnership between Shaun Marsh and Hashim Amla for Punjab.
# Wriddhiman Saha failed to impress as he was dimissed for 11 after being promoted to No. 3
# Glenn Maxwell plundered 28 runs of Mitchell McClenaghan's over, this was the second-most expensive over of the season
# Punjab aggregated 50 runs from over no. 15 and 16.
# Hashim Amla has hit 51 runs off Lasith Malinga today. Only Kohli has made more against a single bowler in a single IPL game - v Umesh Yadav in 2013
# Hashim Amla slammed his maiden T20 hundred off 58 deliveries.
# Amla remained unbeaten at 104 off 60 balls (8x4s, 6x6s).
# Lasith Malinga conceded 58 runs from his quota of 4 overs, his worst bowling figures in terms of economy