IPL 2017: Jos Buttler's brutal 77 negates Hashim Amla's classy century

IPL 2017: Jos Buttler's brutal 77 negates Hashim Amla's classy century

Kings XI Punjab comes back to the Holkar Stadium for today's game with a cushion of 100% win record.

Kings XI, who have lost three successive games after opening the season with two wins, made four changes from the side that lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in their previous game.

Maxwell was out for 40 off 22 balls soon after, but the cameo was the ideal foil for Kings XI team-mate Hashim Amla who scored a stunning unbeaten century, finishing on 104 from just 60 balls in the IPL match on Thursday (NZT Friday).

The next two overs fetched just nine runs, with the wickets of Maxwell and new man Marcus Stoinis (1) but Amla stayed on to not only complete a magnificent century but also ensure the home side got to a healthy total.

The England global reached the milestone in 24 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. They'll be up against the Mumbai Indians - habitually slow starters in IPL but have been looking to buck the trend this year. Buttler hit 77 off 37 balls which is his highest score in T20 cricket.

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Punjab also lacks a spinner partner for Axar Patel who bowls well but fails as the runs keep flowing from the other end. Buttler and Parthiv gave just the kind of start MI would have hoped for: getting to 82 runs in the powerplay overs. Kings XI's Miller, on the other hand, has been knocked over by Lasith Malinga thrice in four games.

Punjab needed their captain Glenn Maxwell to step up the gas and the Australian wasted no time to settle down. He slammed a massive six over mid-wicket in the very first over and then, scored a boundary off a defensive push in the next over. In the first ball of the 15th over, Rana raced to his third fifty of the competition in only 29 deliveries by edging out a six off Ishant Sharma.

Hashim Amla celebrates reaching his century against Mumbai.

Glenn Maxwell finished the two matches that KXIP have won in IPL 2017 impressively, but in the next three away games, the skipper could not quite find his usual touch. In their match against SRH, they scored a combined 24 runs. The Indian was scoring his runs with short-arm jabs, pulls and classy cut shots square of the wicket. Kieron Pollard's contribution to the side can not be undermined after his match-winning knock against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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