Mumbai Batsmen Put Kings XI Bowlers to the Sword, Help Team Win by 8 Wickets

Match summary

Mumbai Indians (MI) are totally unstoppable at the moment and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are the latest victims of an utterly imperious performance from the two-time IPL champions, who have, with their eight-wicket win in Indore, gone top of the IPL points table. Jos Buttler, after failing to convert his starts into big scores in the first five matches, played a destructive innings at the top of the order and basically set up Mumbai’s eight-wicket win, chasing 199 for victory. He was awarded the man-of-the-match for his 37-ball 77, an innings which included seven fours and five sixes.

The Englishman wasn’t all on his own—with Parthiv Patel (37) and orange cap holder Nitish Rana (62*) being just as if not more destructive than Buttler—but he gave his team the sort of foundation that they were looking for and then batted long enough for Mumbai to ease their way to victory with 27 balls to spare. Mumbai’s batting line-up looks formidable, evidenced here by the fact that in a 199-run chase, the mainstays weren’t at all needed. Rana once again scored a half-century batting at No. 3, with his innings of 62* punctuated by seven sixes and no boundaries. We’re getting to a point where we must start to take the Delhi southpaw seriously.

Kings XI’s bowling attack has been largely ineffective during their current four-match losing streak, but this was not a night on which the hosts’ bowling alone suffered. A couple of Mumbai’s key pacemen, Lasith Malina (0/58) and Mitchell McClenaghan (2/46), were also taken to the cleaners, although in hindsight you have to say that Mumbai’s bowlers collectively fared a whole lot better than their counterparts.

On a ground with incredibly small boundaries and a pitch that was too good for batting, the bowlers from both teams were up against the wall. But the fact that the likes of Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Ishant Sharma are more line and length bowlers who received no assistance in the air and off the surface, played into the hands of batsmen whose forte is hitting through the line.

While Mumbai are a good side firing on all cylinders at the moment, what can’t be denied is the fact that they have things going for them as well. Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians skipper, won his fifth consecutive toss and could as a result play to his team’s blueprint: bowl first, restrict your opposition to a total which can be chased down and then unleash the stroke-makers in your side on the opposition bowlers.

When you have a game plan and have players who can execute it to the letter, you have better chances of being successful at the top-most level of any sport.

One Kings XI player you have to sympathise with the most is Hashim Amla, who unfortunately finished on the losing side after scoring his maiden Twenty20 ton [104* off 60 balls (8×4 and 6×6) at 173.33 runs/100 balls]. Amla’s innings was just as authoritative as Buttler’s and Rana’s were, but the difference was in the way each of these three batsmen scored his runs. While Buttler and Rana’s innings were about bludgeoning the ball to and over the boundary rope, Amla’s was more about precision and bringing the wrists into play to manoeuvre the ball onto the leg side and behind or in front of square on the off side.

The most conspicuous aspect of Amla’s innings was the ease with which he not only played Malinga but also scored runs off him. Granted, the Srilankan pacer wasn’t in good rhythm and failed to hit the right lengths. But not more than two or three batsmen in world cricket have dominated Malinga like Amla did last night. Of the 58 runs conceded by Malinga in four overs, 51 were to Amla alone in 16 balls, with the right-hander hitting him to all corners of the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Malinga, however, wasn’t the only bowler who went for 58 runs on Thursday night, with Ishant Sharma also conceding the same number of runs in four overs.

While Kings XI will be happy with their batsmen getting back amongst the runs, they surely must bolster their bowling attack, even if doing so will mean that they have to sacrifice an overseas batsman for bringing Matt Henry into the playing XI.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), April 20 | 22nd Match Scorecard

Playing XIs

KXIP: 1. Glenn Maxwell, 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Marcus Stoinis, 5. Wriddhiman Saha, 6. Axar Patel, 7. Swapnil Singh, 8. Gurkeerat Singh Mann, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Mohit Sharma, and 11. Ishant Sharma

MI: 1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Parthiv Patel, 3. Jos Buttler, 4. Nitish Rana, 5. Kieron Pollard, 6. Krunal Pandya, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Lasith Malinga, 10. Jasprit Bumrah, and 11. Mitchell McClenaghan


Kings XI: 198/4 (Amla 104* and Maxwell 48; McClenaghan 2/46)
Mumbai: 199/2 (Buttler 77 and Rana 62*; Stoinis 1/28)

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Innings (toss: Mumbai, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Hashim Amla not out 104 (60) 8 6 173.33
Shaun Marsh caught Pollard, bowled McClenaghan 26 (21) 5 0 123.80
Wriddhiman Saha bowled K Pandya 11 (15) 0 0 73.33
Glenn Maxwell bowled Bumrah 40 (18) 4 3 222.22
Marcus Stoinis caught Pollard, bowled McClenaghan 1 (3) 0 0 33.33
Axar Patel not out 4 (5) 0 0 80.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Swapnil Singh, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, and Ishant Sharma
Extras: 12 (2 no-balls, 5 wides and 5 leg byes)
KXIP’s total: 198/4 in 20 overs, at 9.90 runs per over
KXIP’s fall of wickets: 46/1 (S Marsh, 5.5), 80/2 (Saha, 10.6), 163/3 (Maxwell, 16.3), and 166/4 (Stoinis, 17.2)
Mumbai Indians (MI) Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Hardik Pandya 2 4 18 0 9.00
Mitchell McClenaghan 4 11 46 2 11.50
Harbhajan Singh 2 4 12 0 6.00
Lasith Malinga 4 6 58 0 14.50
Krunal Pandya 4 6 29 1 7.25
Jasprit Bumrah 4 9 30 1 7.50
Mumbai Innings (target: 199 runs in 20 overs, at 9.95 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Parthiv Patel caught Maxwell, bowled Stoinis 37 (18) 4 2 205.55
Jos Buttler caught Maxwell, bowled Mohit 77 (37) 7 5 208.10
Nitish Rana not out 62 (34) 0 7 182.35
Hardik Pandya not out 15 (4) 2 1 375.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Jasprit Bumrah
Extras: 8 (5 wides and 3 leg byes)
MI’s total: 199/2 in 15.3 overs, at 12.83 runs per over
MI’s fall of wickets: 81/1 (Patel, 5.5) and 166/2 (Buttler, 13.1)
Kings XI Bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Sandeep Sharma 3 4 39 0 13.00
Ishant Sharma 4 4 58 0 14.50
Mohit Sharma 2.3 5 29 1 11.60
Marcus Stoinis 2 1 28 1 14.00
Axar Patel 2 4 20 0 10.00
Swapnil Singh 2 1 22 0 11.00


  1. This goes out to show that MIs is just not a good team only in papers. They can execute things far better than any other team in tournament. Jos Butler is a monster of flat sixes and not to forget the consistent scoring Rana. MIs are doing everything right. Five matches in a winning row is not a joke. Confidence is high in the clouds and such a classic century from Amla was forgotten in the halfway of the 2nd innings. Nothing much to be said about the Kings XI bowlers, They tried their best but with the mood MIs batting camp was in yesterday no total would have been big to chase. Clinical win and as needed the net run rate rocketed up with the chase been taken care off in 15 overs. Keep the momentum going MIs. Hip Hip Hurray…Hip Hip Hurray…Hip Hip Hurray…

  2. What must worry Kings XI, Charles, is the fact that all their bowlers are one-dimensional and incapable of getting good batsmen out.

    And, as for Mumbai, they are a good side who are also in a rich vein of form. They can do no wrong at the moment. Yes, given how last night’s visitors chased down Kings XI’s 198/4, even 250 might not have fazed them.

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