(Credits: BCCI)

The fans, KXIP bowlers and owners witnessed few unimaginable scenes at the Holkar stadium in Indore, as Mumbai Indians batsmen did not just chased down the target of 199 in 15.3 overs, but also made a mockery out of Kings XI Punjab bowling line up, as the home side bowlers were looking puppet in front of batsmen.

All during the 93 balls faced by Mumbai batsmen, never it looked like they were under any sort of trouble, as they were hitting the bowlers around the park with their will, without any complication.

Mumbai batsmen knew that they have a steep chase ahead and they took no time to get into the groove and were right on the money straightaway.

The opening pair of Parthiv Patel and Jos Butler started off aggressively and plundered 81 runs for the first wicket in just 5.5 overs. They dominated the Punjab bowling line up and did not give even a slender of a chance to the bowlers to have a say in the game.

After Parthiv’s dismissal, Nitish Rana, the succeeding batsman and the man in-form, continued writing the script from where Parthiv left, as the Delhiite was playing big shots and was muscling the ball out of the park. He cleared the ropes seven times in his innings of 62* off just 34 deliveries.

Mumbai though suffered two jitters in the chase but it was the first six overs that really wrote the future of the game.

Earlier in the evening, after being asked to bat, Kings XI Punjab made four changes to the side, benching an unwell Manan Vohra as well. Openers Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh provided a decent start to the team, as they shared 46 runs in 35 balls.

Wriddhiman Saha came to replace Marsh and it looked like it was a wrong move to promote Saha, as he took his time into the middle and played slow innings of 11 off 15. It was after Maxwell’s arrival at the crease when the team got the much-needed momentum.

Skipper Maxwell along with Hashim Amla took on each and every bowler coming his way. He was the one who started the real show when he smashed 28 runs in an over off Mitchell McClenaghan. Amla too got confidence and opened his arms soon.

In the very next over bowled by Lasith Malinga, he smashed 22 runs to surge team’s run-rate. Combinedly, these two overs fetched visitors a total of 50 runs. When it looked like these two will move their team score past 200, Jasprit Bumrah removed Maxwell on a score of 40 off just 18 deliveries.

It looked like this might affect team’s run rate but Amla did not let that happen and carried the team single-handedly. Punjab finally puts up a total of 198 on the board which looked like a defendable total.

However, the climax was different, as Mumbai Indians thrashed KXIP bowling line-up to teach them a lesson which they might not forget at least in this year’s IPL.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 199/2 (Jos Buttler 77, Nitish Rana 62*, Marcus Stoinis 1-28) defeat Kings XI Punjab 198/4 (Hashim Amla 104*, Glenn Maxwell 40; Mitchell McClenaghan 2-46) by eight wickets in Indore.

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