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Mumbai Indians overcome Amla century to register fifth consecutive win

Jos Buttler set the tone for Mumbai Indians' chase
Jos Buttler set the tone for Mumbai Indians' chase

Mumbai Indians 199-2 (Buttler 77) beat
Kings XI Punjab 198-4 (Amla 104no) by eight wickets
22nd match, Indian Premier League, Indore

Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana scored fluent half centuries as Mumbai Indians overcame a brilliant century from Hashim Amla to chase down 199 against Kings XI Punjab in 15.3 overs with eight wickets in hand in the 22nd match of the Indian Premier League in Indore.

Mumbai won the toss and decided to field first once again on a good batting surface at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Shaun Marsh (26) opened the innings in the absence of Manan Vohra, who misses the game due to illness.

Amla (104 not out) had an early reprieve when he was put down at backward point by Rana, though it was a tough chance.

Marsh struck three boundaries in the next two overs while Amla smashed another six to take the total to 39 for naught in five overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan (2-46) provided some respite for Mumbai in the final over of powerplay when he had Marsh caught at midwicket to bring an end to the 46-run opening stand.

Punjab lost a bit of momentum in the middle where Wriddhiman Saha (11) and Amla managed just 23 runs in the next four overs and the pressure got the better of the former when he was castled by Krunal Pandya (1-29).

With two boundaries in the 12th over, Amla brought his fifty and had the support of Glenn Maxwell (40), who smashed three sixes and as many boundaries in a span of eight deliveries to take the total to 139 for two at the end of 15 overs.

Amla went severe especially on Lasith Malinga (0-58) plundering him for two more sixes and fours in the 16th over. Even though, Mumbai managed to get Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis (1), Amla continued the onslaught completing his maiden T20 century to take the total to 198 for four in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Buttler (77) and Parthiv Patel (37) brought their 50-run opening stand off just 23 deliveries and overall in the powerplay, the duo shared 10 boundaries and four sixes to take them to 82 runs. Even though, they lost Patel, the onslaught from openers brought down the required run rate close to eight.

Between overs eight and nine, Rana (62 not out) and Buttler smashed three sixes and a four to take the total 117 for one and in the process the England wicket-keeper batsman also completed a 24-ball fifty. The fifty run stand between Rana and Buttler came off just 29 deliveries.

Mohit Sharma (1-29) provided some respite for Punjab with the wicket of Buttler but Rana and Hardik Pandya (15 not out) ensured they completed the chase in 15.3 overs with eight wickets in hand to reach the top of the table. Buttler was awarded the man of the match for his splendid knock.

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