Amla's century helps KXIP post 198/4 against MI
Hashim Amla's classy hundred powered Kings XI Punjab to a competitive 198/4 against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter, here on Thursday.
Playing shots that would delight the purists, Amla spanked all the Mumbai Indians bowlers en route his unbeaten 104 off 60 balls, which included as many as six sixes apart from eight boundaries.
In fact five of the half dozen sixes were hit off Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga (0/58 in 4 overs).
There were straight hits, shirt arm jabs over long-on, slashes over point, hook, and a majestic pull-shot in 'Nataraja style', which brought up his first hundred in shortest format as well second of this edition.
Skipper Glenn Maxwell, on his part played a typically breezy innings smashing 40 off 18 balls with the help of four boundaries and three sixes.
It was the 3rd wicket partnership between Amla and Maxwell that produced 83 runs in only 5.3 overs to send the Mumbai attack in complete disarray.
The last six overs produced an astounding 87 runs after KXIP were 111 for 2 at the end of the 14th over.
It was the 15th over of the innings were Maxwell decided to tee off taking 28 runs off the Mitchell McLenaghan over.
The KXIP skipper hit the hapless New Zealand international for three sixes and two fours as he got the required momentum.
The very next over from Malinga saw Amla punce on him taking 22 off that over and suddenly 50 runs came off two overs.
Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
KXIP: 198/4 (Hashim Amla 104, Glenn Maxwell 40).
MI: Mitchell McClenaghan (2/46).