Mumbai hands Kings XI 4th straight loss in IPL with big win

Teams: Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Rohit Sharma (captain), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah.

The two restored momentum for the Kings XI by adding 83 runs from just 33 deliveries for the third wicket.

Mumbai Indian shot to the top of the points table, courtesy their fifth win in six matches.

After an outstanding knock of 104 runs coming off Hashim Amla's bat, the Kings XI Punjab were pretty sure to win this game against the Mumbai Indians as they have set a target of 119 runs to win for the Mumbai Indians.

Shaun Marsh's exit for 26 at 46-1 caused Kings XI's run rate to drop from eight-plus to below seven, and the home side failed to hit double figures in an over from the fourth to the 10th.

Between overs eight and nine, Rana (62 not out) and Buttler smashed three sixes and a four to take the total 117 for one and in the process the England wicket-keeper batsman also completed a 24-ball fifty.

Unlike previous seasons, Mumbai Indians have picked up their winning gear well ahead in the tournament. However, Mumbai bowling coach Shane Bond is not at all intimidated by the fact that KXIP are formidable at the Holkar Stadium.

Maybe Indore will wake the Kings XI Punjab again, because if they don't, the Mumbai Indians will run all over them.

Buttler and Parthiv Patel made a cracking start for Mumbai.

Mumbai raced to 123 for 1 in 10 overs - there highest score at the end of 10 overs in IPL.

Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season.

Earlier in the Punjab innings, Hashim Amla scored his maiden century.

Punjab needed their captain Glenn Maxwell to step up the gas and the Australian wasted no time to settle down.

Kings XI bowlers could look to bowl wide of off stump to the left-handed Rana, and get KC Cariappa to bowl more offbreaks than carrom balls at him. Rana is also excellent against left-arm bowlers: he has scored 63 runs off 34 balls without ever being dismissed.

Coming embarrassingly within one run of Ashok Dinda's infamous 30-run over, Mitchell McClenaghan bowled the second most expensive over of the season, with Maxwell laying into him with three sixes and two boundaries.

  • Rogelio Becker