Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

IPL: Mumbai win toss, opt to field vs Punjab

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have played 18 matches the IPL, with both the teams winning nine games each.

Not often will a batsman who has hit a century in a T20 match end up on the losing side, but that is exactly what happened in the Indian Premier League [IPL] match between Kings XI Punjab [KXIP] and Mumbai Indians [MI] on Thursday.

The Mumbai Indians had won the toss and elected to field first, with KXIP openers Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh - who was playing his first match of the tournament in place of David Miller - giving them a steady start before the latter departed for 26.

But the partnership that really boosted KXIP's run rate was the one between Amla and Maxwell, the duo scoring 83 for the third wicket in 5.3 overs at a staggering rate of 15.09.

The England worldwide reached the milestone in 24 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes.

This game against the Mumbai Indians will be their final one before they shift their base to their usual home in Mohali, so KXIP will want to sign off from Indore on a high. He scored 37 off 18, which had 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Having knocked off 84 runs in six overs, Mumbai already had a vice-like grip on the contest. Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, will have their task cut out against a strong Mumbai outfit. Miller was left out of Kings XI's team for the first time in 30 games, since April 2015.

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Buttler started the onslaught from the very first over dispatching medium pacer Sandeep Sharma for a six before lofting him for another in his next over as Mumbai raced to 50 in just four overs.

This time it was Amla, who took the Sri Lankan slinger to the cleaners twice before fending off for two boundaries as the over yielded 21 runs.

The Holkar Stadium pitch turned into a nightmare for bowlers as 398 runs were scored in both the innings.

Maxwell fell for 40 and Amla reached the last over on 90.

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

The Mumbai top order was on-fire in pursuit with Parthiv Patel and England global Joss Buttler providing the early impetus before the former departed at 80-1 after just six overs having hit four fours and two sixes.

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

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