At the half-way stage of the match, Hashim Amla’s brilliant century would have put Kings XI in a winning position but once the pair of Nitish Rana and Jos Buttler stepped their foot onto the ground, a mauling followed and Kings XI were left reeling, shattered and battered with MI winning comfortably by 8 wickets with stunningly, 27 balls still left to go. Mumbai Indians keep having different players winning games for them. It started off with Pollard then moved to Parthiv, Rohit and Rana before Jos Buttler joined the bandwagon today. Rohit Sharma’s decision to open with Jos Buttler, who’s never opened previously, is turning out to be a master-stroke.
After winning the toss, Rohit Sharma had no hesitation to field first, going in with an unchanged team. Mumbai Indians have also stood out this season in terms of team combination, keeping the core of the team almost unchanged. Kings XI had a massive overhaul in their team, making four changes. Shaun Marsh was in for David Miller and that worked wonders at the top of the order. But the star of the show was Hashim Amla, whose free-flowing orthodox shots had everyone at the Holkar Stadium wanting for more. Glenn Maxwell too joined in the party with yet another swashbuckling 40 off just 18 balls. 198 runs on the board wasn’t a small target by any means. But Jos Buttler, Parthiv Patel and Nitish Rana made an absolute mockery of it.
Opening the innings for Mumbai Indians seems to be a master-stroke by Rohit as Jos Buttler seems to be a different beast altogether. One of the few players to hit the ball as flat as hard as he can, Jos first raced away to an 81-run partnership in just 5.5 overs with Parthiv and then put on an astonishing 85-run partnership with Delhi’s Nitish Rana.