Mumbai Indians thrash Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

Hashim Amla of Kings XI Punjab plays a shot

Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana plundered a hapless Kings XI Punjab bowling to help Mumbai Indians win by eight wickets in an IPL encounter yesterday at the Holkar Cricket Stadium.

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

His co-opener Shaun Marsh, the most prolific ever run-scorer for Kings XI Punjab, had to wait five games into the season for a chance, but impersonated someone regular in the side with a sublime 21-ball 26 that's been made to look worse than it was by Rohit Sharma's packed off-side field.

Manan Vohra's sublime 95 nearly papered over Kings XI's overseas players - Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Eoin Morgan and Hashim Amla - scoring only 24 runs in the last match and it is this area that has been letting them down.

Stonis, however got the better of the southpaw off a slower ball when Parthiv, who faced 18 balls and struck four boundaries and two sixes, failed to time it properly and ended in the hands of Glenn Maxwell at mid off. But Mumbai Indians have a 6-3 lead in the last nine matches.

# Shaun Marsh completed 500 runs against Mumbai Indians in IPL.

Kings XI Punjab, who had a rather dismal season previous year, started off strong, winning both matches at home.

Despite starting their campaign with back-to-back victories, Kings XI slipped in the next three games and would now be desperate to get back to winning ways. His ability to combine single with boundaries and sixes and also maintaining a certain calmness, despite pressure, is what makes him "a player to watch out for".

Stoinis eventually made amends for his poor start to the over by dismissing Parthiv Patel for 37 off just 18 deliveries.

Glenn Maxwell who stayed unbeaten for the first two games started the IPL with a bang, has lost the form since Punjab played against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali. Meanwhile, Amla has played a balance game bagging over 107 runs in 60 balls. He eventually fell for 76 - his highest T20 score - but Pandya and Rana finished off the game in style.

Earlier, Hashim Amla's (104 n o, 60b, 8×4, 6×6) classy century powered KXIP to a challenging 198 for four.

The IPL continues with Kolkata Knight Riders versus Gujarat Lions on Friday, live on Sky Sports 2 from 3pm.

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