Riding on Hashim Amla’s maiden IPL century and Glenn Maxwell’s quickfire knock, Kings XI Punjab posted a massive 198 for four against Mumbai Indians at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

Just before the game, the home team suffered a big setback as Manan Vohra, who smashed 95 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game, was ruled out due to illness.

And while his explosive batting was certainly missed by the Punjab-based outfit, Shaun Marsh and Hashim Amla shared a 46-run stand to give the team a good start. The partnership was broken on the penultimate ball of the powerplay when Marsh’s well-timed flick shot went straight into the hands of Kieron Pollard at midwicket. Wriddhiman Saha joined Marsh soon in the pavilion after he was bowled by Krunal Pandya for 11.

Next to join Amla was captain Glenn Maxwell. The Australia star made an uncommon slow start and was struggling to time the ball before Mitchell McClanaghan came to bowl the fifteenth over.

The over completely changed the course of the innings, as Maxwell hit the Kiwi pacer for three sixes and a couple of fours to take his team’s total to 139 for two in 15 overs from 111 for two in 14 overs.

In the next over, it was Amla’s turn to go for the big shots and the Protea star did it in style. He hit Lasith Malinga for a couple of fours and as many sixes, as the batting side collected 50 runs in two overs.

Any hope of seeing more fireworks from Maxwell was quashed soon with Jasprit Bumrah clean bowling him for an 18-ball 40.

However, Amla held firm from one end and guided his team to a good total with a brilliant century. He remained unbeaten on 104 off only 60 balls with the help of eight fours and six sixes.

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