Buttler, Rana power Mumbai Indians to 8-wkt win over Punjab

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This is Punjab's fourth consecutive loss and they are slowly moving towards the bottom of the table as they did last year.The bowlers could not stop the initial onslaught from Jos Buttler and when Nitish Rana started hammering the Punjab bowlers, all hopes ended for the home side.

Chasing a target of 199, MI reached in 15.3 overs with Buttler hitting 77 off 37 and Rana scoring an unbeaten 62 off 34 balls. Mumbai Indians batsmen bettered Kings XI Punjab's 199 like how Hulk thrashes Loki in Avengers.

McClenaghan was on the receiving end of a 28-run pasting in one over as Maxwell, dubbed the "Big Show" for unorthodox big-hitting, belted the Kiwi for three sixes and two fours in just five balls as Kings XI Punjab hosted the Mumabi Indians in Indore.

Then came another in-form Mumbai batsman Nitish Rana and started ruining the Punjab bowlers at number 3. the dismissal of Parthiv didn't affect much as both Rana and Buttler added another 85 runs for the second wicket.

Amla scored 104 off 60 balls in an innings that saw 8 fours and 6 sixes.

Mumbai won the toss and made a decision to field first once again on a good batting surface at Holkar Cricket Stadium. As for the Kings, Axar Patel was their most economical bowler at 10 runs per over.

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.

Rana, however, continued on his merry way, seeing Mumbai through to an ultimately convincing victory with his sixth smashed six. Maxwell and Co. will have to have find a way to get back in winning ways.

This time it was Amla, who took the Sri Lankan slinger to the cleaners twice before fending off for two boundaries as the over yielded 21 runs.

Amla went severe especially on Lasith Malinga (0-58) plundering him for two more sixes and fours in the 16th over. Instead of Shaun Marsh, Maxwell is happy to go with Hashim Amla. He eventually fell for 76 - his highest T20 score - but Pandya and Rana finished off the game in style. Maxwell hit 3 sixes and 2 fours in that over, which changed the course of the game, as suddenly, from 100 from 2 in 13 overs, KXIP were now 139 for 2 in 15.

Having lost three games in the trot - Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders - Maxwell's side is looking a little rusty despite having kicked off their IPL campaign with a bang.

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