Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 03:27

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).

Kings XI Punjab may drop David Miller if Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill are declared fit.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, who scored an unbeaten 40 runs against Gujarat Lions in the last match, also showed signs to returning into his form that might cause some concern to Punjab.

Mumbai Indians contrary to their last nine IPL seasons have turned their luck around with some spirited performances.

KXIP vs MI Head to Head: Probable Playing XI - Who will win Today's Match? MI fielded an unchanged side, while KXIP were forced to make as many as four changes to their XI.

Such was the carnage from the Mumbai duo that there were only five dots in the powerplay, including the wicket ball of Parthiv and more importantly included 14 boundaries. The very next over from Lasith Malinga (0/58) saw Amla punce on him taking 22 off that over.

Mumbai openers Partiv Patel (37, 18b, 4×4, 2×6) and Buttler added 81 runs from 5.5 overs before Marcus Stoinis (1/28) dismissed the left-hander with a slower delivery.

To support the cause of equal and rightful education for every child in the society, Mumbai Indians each year dedicates one of its home matches exclusive for these underprivileged children.

Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways. He brisked his way to an unbeaten 62 off 34, hitting seven sixes, the most in an innings without a boundary, and ably partnering Jos Buttler's pyrotechnics at the other end.

Maxwell started off with two consecutive boundaries off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah before smoking McClenaghan for two back to back sixes and then two fours to finish off the over.

It wasn't a day for the veteran bowlers either.

Late entrant into his side, Ishant Sharma, registered unflattering figures of 0 for 58, too. But both the efforts fell short in front of a rampaging Mumbai Indians unit. This match might turn out to be an exciting encounter for both the teams. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.