Mumbai chased down 199, their highest-ever successful run chase in IPL, to defeat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets at the Holkar stadium in Indore on Thursday night.
Mumbai Indians continued their dominant streak in the Indian Premier League on Thursday as they hammered Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets to register their fifth successive win this season. Mumbai rode on destructive half-centuries from Englishman Jos Buttler and young Nitish Rana to chase down the target of 199 with more than four overs to spare. (This match reminded me of the 195 we chased vs Rajasthan in 2014: Rohit Sharma)
Buttler's 37-ball 77, laced with seven fours and five huge sixes and Rana's unbeaten 31-ball 54, comprising seven mammoth punches over the rope, outshone South African star Hashim Amla's maiden T20 century for Kings XI, who had posted 198/4 on the board after being put into bat at the Holkar stadium in Indore. (Amla's 104* one of the best knocks we would ever see, says Rohit Sharma)
51 - Number of runs scored by Hashim Amla against Lasith Malinga in the match (off 16 balls). Only one batsman has scored more runs off a bowler in an IPL match - 52 by Virat Kohli off Umesh Yadav in 2013.
58 - Runs conceded by Lasith Malinga in the match - his worst performance in a Twenty20 match. Interestingly, in the previous match (vs Gujarat Lions) Malinga had gone for 51 runs in his four overs. Before these two matches, Malinga had gone for 50 runs only once before in 229 matches. This was when he conceded 54 runs in 2012 World Twenty20 final against West Indies. (Mumbai Indians star Jos Buttler reacts after 37-ball 77: Was desperate to kick-on)
82 - Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in the Powerplay - most they have ever made. The previous record was 78 against Chennai Super Kings in 2008. This is also the most for any side in this edition.
15 - Number of sixes hit by Mumbai Indians batsmen in the match - most by any chasing side in the IPL. 14 sixes had been hit on three occasions. Mumbai Indians themselves never hit more than 12 batting second.
7 - Number of sixes hit by Nitish Rana in the match - most by any player not hitting a boundary four in the IPL. Douglas Miller had hit six sixes and no boundary four during his 51* for Kings XI Punjab against Rajasthan Royals in 2014.
12.83 - Mumbai Indians' run-rate in the match - the highest for any side chasing a 190+ target in the IPL.
8 - Number of centuries scored in the losing cause in the IPL. Hashim Amla joined Andrew Symonds (2008), Yusuf Pathan (2010), Sachin Tendulkar (2011), Shane Watson (2013), Wriddhiman Saha (2014), Virat Kohli (2016) and Steven Smith (2016). Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are the two teams with two centuries in the losing cause.