Jos Buttler blasts first IPL fifty in Mumbai Indians win

IPL 2017

In the process of moving the bars onto the top, the Kings XI skipper Glenn Maxwell has surely done an fantastic job.

The two restored momentum for the Kings XI by adding 83 runs from just 33 deliveries for the third wicket. The Englishman was ably supported, first by Parthiv Patel (37 of 18 balls), and then by young sensation Nitish Rana (37 of 18 balls), who shared an 85-run stand with Buttler.

It's been just over eight years since Hashim Amla made his T20 debut, and not long since the murmurs started in the IPL about KXIP wasting the openers' slot on the South African veteran.

KXIP finally ended on 198 for 4 from 20 overs. He made 77 off 37 balls, including fives sixes and seven boundaries.

Kings XI bowlers could only blame themselves for letting the opportunity slip as none of the them had an economy rate of less than 10 runs an over.

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Buttler and Parthiv Patel went on rampage from the first ball, easily finding the boundary ropes. Rana has been Mumbai Indians' batsman of the season.

Buttler, who had faced 23 balls by now, got to his fifty with a single to the right of long-on as Rana took the onus of getting the big shots.

The only concern that will bother Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai is their top-order, which has drastically failed to give the good starts in the cash-rich tournament so far. It was a fantastic display of batting prowess by Mumbai Indians batsman, especially Buttler and Rana helping Mumbai chase down the target with over four overs remaining.

Amla, on the other hand, took full advantage of the life he got on 3, when he was dropped off a hard chance by Rana, to first get to a superb half century in just 34 balls.

Maxwell (40 off 18) struck two fours and three sixes in Mitchell McClenaghan's 15th over costing 28, while Amla blasted a pair of each in Lasith Malinga's 16th costing 22. On one hand, we have the exuberant Mumbai Indians dancing to their winning streak; while on the other hand, we have Kings XI Punjab failing to strike it out on alien conditions thus tumbling down to three successive defeats.

Buttler signalled the sort of explosive hitting that was to come from his blade when sending the sixth ball of Sandeep Sharma's opening over for six over deep midwicket.

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