The unbeaten run of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at their adopted home Indore came to an end on Thursday when Mumbai Indians (MI), playing their first game at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, crushed them by 8 wickets in a high-scoring game. Match 22 of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 witnessed batsmen from both the sides heap misery on the hapless bowlers. Starting from Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 ton to Jos Buttler’s highest T20 score, it was the batsmen who dominated the match. In the highlights package, we bring to you some key moments from the game. Check them out here: LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – Match 22
Hashim Amla’s maiden T20 ton: In the age of T20 cricket, where power hitters wield heavy willows and dominate the game by playing some unorthodox shots, watching Amla score a hundred was like a cool breeze. His knock had no reverse sweeps, no scoops over short fine-leg, nothing; just proper textbook cricketing shots. The South African run-machine went about his business in such nonchalant manner, that it almost did not strike that he actually reached to his hundred. His innings of 104(60)* might have gone in vain, but it was definitely one to remember for a long time.
Glenn Maxwell’s breezy cameo: Skipper Glenn Maxwell walked out to bat and gave KXIP’s innings just the fillip it needed. He came after a passage of play where KXIP batsmen did not score a boundary off 27 balls. But Maxwell changed the complex of the game completely. He started off with hitting JaspritBumrah for consecutive fours, before pounding Mitchell McClenaghan for 28 runs in an over. The sequence of that over, which also had a no-ball, read 6, 6, 4, 4, 6, 1, 0.
Malinga and Ishant’s misery: Sri Lanka’s T20 pace spearhead and one of the best bowlers in the shortest format, Lasith Malinga had a nightmarish outing on Thursday night. Malinga, who has third-most dot balls in the history of IPL, could just not get going, as Amla carted him for runs all over the park. Amla, who was very severe against Malinga, hit him for 5 sixes and 4 fours during his spell. The story was no different for Ishant Sharma, India’s leading pacer in Tests, who finished the match with identical figures of 4-0-58-0 as Malinga.
Jos Buttler’s blitzkrieg: Mumbai needed a solid start to gun down 199 — a total, which they had never chased before. Jos Buttler provided them the flying start, hitting 77 off 37 balls — a knock that had 7 fours and 5 sixes. Interestingly, this was Buttler’s highest score in T20 cricket, and he could not have brought it at a more opportune time.
Buttler-Parthiv stand: MI’s prolific start was not only about Buttler, as his opening partner Parthiv Patel also gave him great company. The duo launched assault from the word go, hammering 81 runs in 5.4 overs — highest score by Mumbai in the Powerplay in all IPLs. Parthiv contributed with 37 off 18 (5 x 4s, 2 x 6s).
Nitish Rana’s golden run: Easily the find of the season so far, Nitish Rana continued with his golden run in IPL 10, smashing an unbeaten 62 off 34 balls and guiding his side past the finishing line. He had rued missing out on finishing the game against KKR, but he made up for it on Thursday. Rana did not hit a single four, but hit as many as 7 maximums during his knock, which also earned him the Orange Cap. By the looks of it, it seems like this is going to be his season.