Buttler hits out to deny Maxwell's Punjab

Buttler hits out to deny Maxwell's Punjab

He brought up his fifty but at this stage of the innings, KXIP needed a Maxwell boost!

Kings XI Punjab may drop David Miller if Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill are declared fit. This was Amla's first hundred in T20s, after he missed out on his maiden century past year during IPL 2016, when he scored 96 against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have a problem of plenty.

On the flip side, Rohit Sharma is still in the playing XI only by the merit of being MI skipper. The in-form batsman, who almost got his side over the line against Sunrisers Hyderabad, was ruled out due to sickness, making for one of the four changes Punjab went in with.

Punjab also lacks a spinner partner for Axar Patel who bowls well but fails as the runs keep flowing from the other end. In their match against SRH, they scored a combined 24 runs.

Chasing a mammoth 199, the opening duo of Parthiv Patel (37) and Buttler dealt mostly in boundaries to raise Mumbai's highest first wicket stand of all IPL seasons of 81 runs, as the Punjab bowlers had little to counter the left-right pair. Hashim Amla's superb 103 enabled Punjab put up a competitive 198 for 4 in 20 overs but Buttler made a mockery of the target with Mumbai Indians knocking off the runs in only 15.3 overs.

Howver, Mumbai's middle-order batsmen, especially Nitish Rana, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, have been in their prime form. He made 77 off 37 balls, including fives sixes and seven boundaries.

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

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

For Mumbai, McClenaghan claimed two wickets while Bumrah and Pandya scalped one each.

Late entrant into his side, Ishant Sharma, registered unflattering figures of 0 for 58, too.

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians, who are riding a victory juggernaut with four wins on the trot, will take on struggling Kings XI Punjab in Indore on Thursday. But both the efforts fell short in front of a rampaging Mumbai Indians unit.

Mumbai are off to their best start in IPL history with four wins in five matches and would hope to better that record considering Kings XI have lost all three of their most recent games.