Mumbai hands Kings XI 4th straight loss in IPL with big win
Apr 21 2017
So far in this edition, Kings XI have been unbeaten at the Holkar Stadium and they will aim to finish off their stay with a win against the resurgence Mumbai Indians.
Hashim Amla hit an unbeaten century for the Kings XI but it was not enough to prevent a convincing loss to the Mumbai Indians. Instead of Shaun Marsh, Maxwell is happy to go with Hashim Amla.
Coming into the tournament, Wriddhiman Saha earned a reputation of being one of the most improved Test batsman in the Indian setup, having amassed 615 runs at an average of 47.30 in 13 Tests during the 2016-'17 season. MI fielded an unchanged side, while KXIP were forced to make as many as four changes to their XI.
Punjab's middle order - Eoin Morgan, David Miller and Marcus Stoinis - also need to contribute with runs.
Bowlers have conceded about 29 powerplay runs in the first innings at Indore this season. Meanwhile, Amla has played a balance game bagging over 107 runs in 60 balls.
The lone battle was fought by Manan Vohra in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, as he scored a fabulous 50 -ball 90 but Kings XI still lost by five runs while chasing a modest 160-run target due to lack of support from the other end.
Stoinis eventually made amends for his poor start to the over by dismissing Parthiv Patel for 37 off just 18 deliveries.
Unlike Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab haven't quite settled on someone particular.
Maxwell couldn't stick around, but Amla batted through the innings, bringing up his first ever T20 ton with back-to-back sixes in the final over, but it wasn't to be enough for his side. Maxwell hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in that over, which changed the course of the game, as suddenly, from 100 from 2 in 13 overs, KXIP were now 139 for 2 in 15.
It wasn't a day for the veteran bowlers either. They scored 81 runs which mostly included boundaries and sixes. There were early signs about the assault, especially when he launched Lasith Malinga over cow corner for the first six of the night, rivaling a very similar hit by Glenn Maxwell later in the innings and defining his own essay in more ways than one. But both the efforts fell short in front of a rampaging Mumbai Indians unit.
The reprieve proved to be too costly for Punjab as Buttler took the match away from Kings XI Punjab with power packed display.