Mumbai top order destroys Kings XI in highest successful chase
Quickfire fifties from Jos Buttler and Nitish Rana trumped Hashim Amla's century as Mumbai Indians completed their highest successful chase in the IPL
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Jos Buttler is Man of the Match for his 77 off 37 balls (same score as Chris Gayle two days ago, but one ball quicker) "Found really good touch in the tournament, been desperate to kick on, nice to put in a contribution. Striking the ball well, it's a small ground and a fantastic wicket. Luckily we won the toss, you'd think 200 was a really good score. [360 degree batsman?] I think today, chasing that kind of total was great for me because I could go from ball one without thinking. I've put a lot of pressure on myself, trying too hard to score the runs. Today, when you're chasing a big score, you can relax and play your shots. Keep a still base and do the rest"
"Incredible game to be part of. Something which reminded me of 2014, when we chsed 190 against Royals in 14 overs," Rohit Sharma says, "To be able to chase this target in 15.3 overs is fantastic. Hashim Amla played one of the finest knocks we would ever see but we finished up really well. When we came back to the change room the talk was that the ground is small and we have the batters to do it. That was pretty evident in the first six overs. The way Jos and Parthiv batted at the start was magnificent. That's the kind of firepower we have. Parthiv is coming off a great domestic season and he's taken that confidence into IPL. That's the kind of start we required chasing 199. [Concern with the bowlers] Not really. It's something which we have to look into. They are proven match winners and they have done it for years, even in international cricket. That's there. It's a lot of pressure, it's always challenging. It's just about backing them and the management does that. They will come good. It's just the first half of the tournament, the second half becomes crucial, the table keeps changing so you have to be on the money, you can't lose momentum. So hopefully we can continue our winning streak. The good thing we've done is focussing on one particular opposition and we are going to do that again"
"They were pretty favourable to batting," Glenn Maxwell says. "In saying that I thought 198 was a good score. Thought we'd be able to defend it. Especially here. Unfortunately we let our chances slip. Positives, Hashim's hundred. And Marsh's start. He hit the ball beautifully. Amla's all class. Plenty of positives on the batting side, but the bowlers had a tough night. We have to make sure we take every catch that comes to us. Buttler was outstanding. Any time a batsman takes you on in the Powerplay like that, on a pitch that has no sideways movement or even purchase for slower balls, it's hard. Now onto Rajkot, another flat pitch. No respite to our bowlers"
11.08 pm An eight-wicket victory chasing 199 with 27 balls to spare. That's as good a mauling as the IPL has ever seen. Kings XI now have lost four matches on the trot. The last one was a nail-biter. This one... well, it'll take a lot to get over. Hashim Amla struck his maiden T20 hundred earlier today. He's somehow found himself on the losing side because Kings XI's bowlers just did not know what to do once Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel started doing what they were supposed to. They got 82 runs in the Powerplay - a record for Mumbai - allowing only six dots - the second-lowest count in IPL history. Nitish Rana then came in, struck his fourth half-century in four innings at No. 3 and put the finishing touches on
Mumbai's highest successful chase
Nitish Rana now has the highest score by a batsman in the IPL without hitting a single four in the innings
That's the second time out of the chase, with Mumbai's required rate reading 1.6. A few updates might be required to this list
Brutus_Shylock: "Flat as hell wickets, they said in tv commentary that sides were getting 220 during practice games. Sorry everyone else but strike rates matter, I think guptill has to be brought in as an opener whichever way. Man has been in exemplary white ball form for two years nearly. Maybe Matt Henry too, given the state of King's XI bowlers."
ArunC: "This season has already become all the more exciting due to the success of Indian players mostly..rana, pandyas, kaul, pant, Samson, pandey, jadhav... Can't wait to see more of Indian players performing well.."
Dileep: "@Mowlana Narine has been one of the most economical bowlers this season and has taken crucial wickets.. bowls in the power plays and at the death. Played a match winning innings with the bat as well.. what more do you want?"
Hardik Pandya at No. 4, ahead of Rohit Sharma
Qaaid Mowlana: "The big stars haven't been at their best this year, for all the teams. Malinga out of sorts, Narine seems to have lost his bite, Gayle's form has been up and down, Dhoni is far from his best, etc. However, lesser known players like Rana and new players like Rashid Khan are raising their hands. This promises to be one hell of a season, and it's only just beginning "
Rupam: "Players like Rana should be groomed & trained properly.. these are great prospects for India.. Otherwise every year we have an exceptional Indian player in IPL, and then he is lost.."