On Thursday we witnessed something out of the box, as in the blockbuster contest between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians in Indore, a total of 397 runs were made and in the end, it was the visiting team that won the high scoring encounter without any trouble.
Batting first, Kings XI Punjab put up a humongous total of 198 on the board but still it was not enough, as riding on a belligerent performance from their batsmen, Mumbai sealed an emphatic win to hand Punjab one of their biggest upset.
Punjab’s bowling line up was the main culprit behind the loss, as there was no change in the pitch during the game and it can be said the bowlers got themselves under pressure despite huge target. It looked like Mumbai batsman are bashing young kids back in their backyard in Gully cricket.
KXIP bowlers went for runs right from the start which is evident from the fact that opening pair Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler smashed 81 runs in just 5.5 overs.
The great start was enough to know the end result of the game that undoubtedly showed Mumbai as the winner at the end of the day.
KXIP bowlers went for runs right from the offset which is evident from the fact that opening pair Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler smashed 81 runs in just 5.5 overs. The great start was enough to know the end result of the game that undoubtedly showed Mumbai as the winner at the end of the day.
With this win, Mumbai strengthened their chances of qualifying to the next round, as they have five wins in six contests, whereas, Punjab registered its fourth loss in six games.
Here is what KXIP skipper Glenn Maxwell said after the loss –
“They were pretty favourable to batting. In saying that I thought 198 was a good score. Thought we’d be able to defend it. Especially here. Unfortunately, we let our chances slip. Positives, Hashim’s hundred. And Marsh’s start. He hit the ball beautifully. Amla’s all class. Plenty of positives on the batting side, but the bowlers had a tough night. We have to make sure we take every catch that comes to us. Buttler was outstanding. Any time a batsman takes you on in the Powerplay like that, on a pitch that has no sideways movement or even purchase for slower balls, it’s hard. Now onto Rajkot, another flat pitch. No respite to our bowlers.”