Mumbai Indians overcome Amla century to register fifth consecutive win

21 April, 2017, 03:29 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • IPL 2017 KXIP vs MI innings report Hashim Amla slaps his critics with a belligerent 104* MI need 199

Rana and Hardik Pandya led Mumbai to victory with nearly five overs to spare, meaning Amla's maiden Twenty20 century proved in vain.

Mumbai's fifth win from six matches came after it scored 199-2 in 15.3 overs, gunning down Kings XI's 198-4.

Buttler continued to play his natural game even after losing his partner - Parthiv Patel - and he finally brought up his half century with a single off Axar Patel. The first five overs went for 10-11-13-17-17. Amla and Saha added 34 runs from 31 balls, and during this phase of play, there was a time when no boundary was scored for 27 balls.

Buttler signalled the sort of explosive hitting that was to come from his blade when sending the sixth ball of Sandeep Sharma's opening over for six over deep midwicket.

Buttler was on 40. The last six overs produced an astounding 87 runs after KXIP were 111 for two at the end of the 14th over.

Rana dominated the 85-run second wicket stand with Buttler, who was undone by Mohit's slower delivery with Mumbai within sniffing distance of victory.

If Amla was sublime, Buttler's power-packed shots were scary as he hit seven fours and five sixes, completely overshadowing the effort from the illustrious South African. MI are largely dependent on Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard and the lower middle-order of Krunal and Hardik Pandya to get them the wins.

Amla, on the other hand, took full advantage of the life he got on 3, when he was dropped off a hard chance by Nitish Rana, to first get to a superb half century in just 34 balls.

Kings XI Punjab may drop David Miller if Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill are declared fit. The latter stayed unbeaten as MI chased won KXIP's 199-run target in just 15.3 overs. This was Amla's first hundred in T20s, after he missed out on his maiden century previous year during IPL 2016, when he scored 96 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Amla carried the momentum in the next over, as he smacked 2 sixes and as many fours off Lasith Malinga's bowling, collecting 22 runs off it. Maxwell fell soon after, with Stoinis joining him back in the hut shortly. Starting at an obvious disadvantage, or so one thought, Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh drove the powerplay score to an acceptably good 46 for 1, something that looks minuscule when compared to Mumbai Indian's tally of 82 for 1.

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