Buttler, Rana power Mumbai to easy win
21 Apr 2017 - 0:28
Indore: Mumbai Indians rode on destructive half centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to thrash Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by eight wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 encounter at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore yesterday.
Buttler's 37-ball 77, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana's unbeaten 31-ball 54, 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.
Earlier, 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.
Mumbai Indians: 199 for 2 (jos Buttler 77, Nitish Rana 62 not out, Parthiv Patel 37) beat Kings XI Punjab: 198 for 4 (Hashim Amla 104 not out, Glenn Maxwell 40) by eight wickets