Buttler's brute strength helps Mumbai Indians crush Kings XI Punjab

Having won four out of the five matches they played so far, Mumbai Indians are placed second with eight points and would certainly start as favourites against Kings XI Punjab, who have managed to win just two of their five games. Mumbai Indians batsmen bettered Kings XI Punjab's 199 like how Hulk thrashes Loki in Avengers.

Jos Buttler scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) half-century to provide the ideal start to Mumbai Indians' run chase against Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday.

Glenn Maxwell smashed his way to 40 off just 18 balls, while Amla, top-scored for Kings XI Punjab with his maiden T20 century.

Marsh, who opened the batting alongside Amla, was the first Punjab wicket to fall when he was caught by Kieron Pollard off New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan for 26. MI heavily rely on Mitchell McClenaghan to provide early wickets and restrict the flow of runs in the death overs along with ever-dependable Jasprit Bumrah.

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.

Mumbai won the toss and chose to field first once again on a good batting surface at Holkar Cricket Stadium. Jos Buttler put his travails from last season behind with a dominating 77 from just 37 balls.

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. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit.

It proved to be a costly miss for the hosts as Buttler made them pay with three boundaries in the fifth over.

Glenn Maxwell made merry with the well-set Amla alongside him.

Mumbai raced to 123 for 1 in 10 overs - there highest score at the end of 10 overs in IPL. In the first ball of the 15th over, Rana raced to his third fifty of the competition in only 29 deliveries by edging out a six off Ishant Sharma. Meanwhile, Amla has played a balance game bagging over 107 runs in 60 balls.

Thereafter, Hardik Pandya struck a four and a six in his 4-ball 15 before Rana pulled Mohit over the long leg boundary for a six to seal the deal in the visitors' favour.

After Parthiv Patel's dismissal, Jos Buttler was joined in the crease by Nitish Rana.

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