In one of the most lopsided encounters of the IPL, the pitch at the Holkar Stadium showed no mercy to the bowlers, while the batsmen made merry as Mumbai Indians thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets in a run feast. Hashim Amla’s 104* was negated by a brilliant 37-ball 77 by Jos Buttler.
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Hashim Amla - (9/10)
Is there any format this man can't perform in? The South African brought up his maiden T20 hundred in some style hitting Lasith Malinga for back to back sixes in the last over. If he can continue with this kind of form, Punjab
Shaun Marsh - (7/10)
Brought back into the side for the out of form David Miller, Marsh got off to a good start on the batting friendly Indore track but a mistimed shot off a McClenaghan delivery ended his innings prematurely.
Glenn Maxwell - (8/10)
He took a little time settling down, scoring just three runs off his first six balls, but once he got used to the pace of the wicket it was carnage. He made up for lost time by smashing McClenaghan for 27 runs in five balls to race to 39
Marcus Stoinis - (4/10)
Was sent in after Maxwell’s dismissal but the Aussie all-rounder could only manage one run.
Wriddhiman Saha - (4/10)
Promoted up the order, the wicketkeeper struggled to get going right from the word go and ended up scoring just 11 off 15 balls.
Axar Patel - (6/10)
Came in to bat at the end and did well to just rotate the strike to Amla. The 23-year-old started off well with the ball giving away just 5 runs in his first over. However, the 16 runs he conceded in the second brought an end to his contribution for the night.
Gurkeerat Singh - (N/A)
Gurkeerat merely made up the numbers today as he wasn’t required with the bat, but he will have a part to play in the upcoming games.
Swapnil Singh - (5/10)
Coming into the side for this game, Swapnil was torn into by the Mumbai Indians batsmen as he gave away 22 runs in just two overs, but he’ll surely have to be given another game for a fair judgment of his abilities.
Mohit Sharma - (4/10)
Sharma did manage to pick up the wicket of Jos Buttler but by then the Englishman had smashed him all over during his innings. Sharma finished with unimpressive figures of 1/29 in 2.3 overs and clearly
Sandeep Sharma - (4/10)
Another of those who went for plenty with the ball, giving away 39 runs in three overs. Sandeep needs to start picking up early wickets for Kings XI if he is to justify his selection in the side.
Ishant Sharma - (3/10)
India’s “premier fast bowler” finished with the joint-highest economy rate of 14.50 in his four overs as the Mumbai Indians batsmen showed him no respect whatsoever. Ishant needs to use his experience and get his act together, as soon as possible or there are a plenty of players who could stake a claim for his position.
Parthiv Patel - (8/10)
The southpaw came out swinging and ensured that Mumbai got off to the best possible start and maintained their stronghold on the game in the initial stages. Was unlucky to miss out on a half-century as he was dismissed for 37 off 18.
Jos Buttler - (9/10)
The explosive Englishman single-handedly took the game away from Kings XI Punjab with a match-winning contribution of 77 off just 37 balls. The only thing missing from the knock that consisted of 5 maximums and 7 fours, was the composure to score a century.
Nitish Rana - (9/10)
This man can seemingly do no wrong at the moment as he struck yet another half-century to remain not out on 62 off just 34 balls in an innings that was studded with 7 sixes.
Rohit Sharma - (N/A)
The Mumbai captain wasn’t needed with the bat but he’ll certainly be happy that his batsmen fired tonight.
Kieron Pollard - (7/10)
Having found his form in the wins over Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Gujarat Lions, the West Indian didn’t have to bat tonight but made his presence felt in the field with the catches of Shaun Marsh and Marcus Stoinis.
Hardik Pandya - (6/10)
Hardik shone with the bat as smoked 15 off just 4 balls with two sixes and a four to take Mumbai home.
Krunal Pandya - (8/10)
Krunal cleaned up Saha during the Punjab innings to set the tone for a good day for the Pandya household. He finished with unbelievable figures of 1/29 off his 4 overs.
Harbhajan Singh - (7/10)
Having conceded just 12 runs in two overs, it was a surprise he was not given the ball again, especiallywith the pacers getting smashed all around the park.
Mitchell McClenaghan - (3/10)
Even though he was the most effective bowler in the Mumbai team, that doesn't account for much if you give away 46 runs in your allotted overs. The 28 runs off
Lasith Malinga - (3/10)
How many times in his career has the Sri Lankan received such treatment? Amla read his slower balls with unusual precision as Malinga conceded 58 runs off his four overs. A day to forget for the ‘Slinga’.
Jasprit Bumrah - (7/10)
Arguably the only pacer who looked like he knew what to do on THIS pitch. Picked up the all-important wicket of Glenn Maxwell who was looking to cut loose. Conceding just 30 runs on this wicket proves just how far he has come as a strike bowler.
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