Hashim Amla's sublime century for KXIP was overshadowed by some explosive batting by Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, and Parthiv Patel. MI made a mockery of the 199 target that Punjab set and the Twitterati had a field day praising Amla and the Mumbai batsmen while having their usual dig at Ishant Sharma.
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 198/4 (Hashim Amla 104*, Glenn Maxwell 40; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/46, Krunal Pandya 1/29) lost to Mumbai Indians 199/2 (Jos Buttler 77, Nitish Rana 62*; Marcus Stoinis 1/28, Mohit Sharma 1/29) by 8 wickets.
Pre match banter
The match had a soporific start
6,7,7,6,6,5,6 - last 7 overs from the Punjobbers boringly consistent... #ipl— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) April 20, 2017
Before Amla (who scored a century)
#KXIPvMI 'Amla' is good for health. Hence proved 💃— HustleMuch (@prekshi7) April 20, 2017
And Ashok Dinda was spotted on the field
The question on people's lips: can Sir Ishant influence the match?
course he can!
Legend SirIshantSharma's Bowling Can Make Even Target Of 199 Look Too Small And Gettable. 🙏🙏🙏#KXIPvMI Ishant Sharma— Vicky Nishant (@talk3vicky) April 20, 2017
KXIP, just before getting hit for 27 runs in 2 overs
Ashok Dinda again
Seems Ishant, sandeep, mohit all 3 sharmas took training from the legend Ashok dinda#KXIPvMI— A@$#!$# Manani (@aashishmanani33) April 20, 2017
In the end, entertainment, entertainment, entertainment
Commentator saying "Sirf 16 run aaye iss over se" aptly describes the match. #KXIPvMI— Tejas (@Tejaa_vu) April 20, 2017
Thanks to all the boundaries hit, the cheerleaders of Mumbai Indians are doing more work than the fielders of Punjab.#KXIPvMI— Angad Singh Ranyal (@PiratedSardar) April 20, 2017
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.