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Jos Buttler playing a shot during his 76-run knock against KXIP in Indore © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI), chasing a stiff total of 199 runs against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), hardly broke a sweat in Match No. 22 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Hashim Amla’s unbeaten 104 set-up the game beautifully for Kings XI Punjab, but sadly for them, they met a rampaging Jos Buttler, who smacked a 37-ball 77 that included 7 fours and 5 sky-crashing sixes. Buttler, who was a victim of some poor decisions early in the season, finally came good and showed his brute force much to the sorrow of KXIP fans. Buttler stitched up crucial stands with Parthiv Patel (81 runs) and Nitish Rana (85 runs) to set up win. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – Match 22

Buttler, who was named the Man of the Match, spoke in depth about his innings in the post-match ceremony. “I found some really good touch in the tournament. I was always desperate to carry on and am glad that it has come out today. It is a small ground and it is a fantastic wicket as well,” quipped Buttler. He also felt that winning the toss made a lot of difference to the result as well. “Luckily we won the toss and we got off to a good start after which we managed to carry the momentum right through the innings,” he added.

Elaborating more on his innings, Buttler said, “Today chasing that kind of total was good for me to go on from ball one and not think too much about it with the field in.”

Buttler attributed that his dip in form in the last few matches was due to him trying too hard in the middle. “I almost tried too hard in the last few games to score the runs because I felt in good touch. With a big score you can just go for your shots, which is what happened today. I just tried to stay still the end the shots came off,” concluded Buttler.