Amla ton takes KXIP to 198/4 against MI

Bruno Cirelli
Aprile 21, 2017

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 would desperately want the big names to stand up and make their presence felt against Mumbai tomorrow. They'll be up against the Mumbai Indians - habitually slow starters in IPL but have been looking to buck the trend this year. Rana has been Mumbai Indians' batsman of the season.

On the flip side, Rohit Sharma is still in the playing XI only by the merit of being MI skipper. David Miller - 19 innings since his last fifty in IPL - was dropped, with Swapnil Singh, Gurkeerat Singh and Shaun Marsh finding a way into the side.

Barring Harbhajan Singh for Mumbai (6 runs in 2 overs), no other Mumbai bowler helped their cause as they were hammered all over the park by the Punjab batsmen.

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.

Unlike Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab haven't quite settled on someone particular.

Buttler was caught by Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell. However, the real rampage began from the next over onwards when Buttler smashed a boundary and a six off Sandeep Sharma.

Maxwell (40 off 18) struck two fours and three sixes in Mitchell McClenaghan's 15th over costing 28, while Amla blasted a pair of each in Lasith Malinga's 16th costing 22.

It wasn't a day for the veteran bowlers either. He 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. They scored 81 runs which mostly included boundaries and sixes. The best shot, perhaps of the night, was a short-arm jab six off a straight, short-of-a-length Malinga delivery.

Kings XI Punjab were off to a decent start with Amla adding 46 runs for the first wicket with Shaun Marsh (26).

Mumbai now have 10 points from six games having won five matches in a row while KXIP slumped to their fourth defeat.

Friday's action sees Kolkata Knight Riders play host to the Gujarat Lions.

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