Jos Buttler scored 37-ball 77 against KXIP © AFP
Jos Buttler scored 37-ball 77 against KXIP © AFP

Hashim Amla entertained a packed Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore in the first-half with his maiden T20 century. Then Jos Buttler stepped up, ensuring the entertainment continued with his blitzkrieg knock of 37-ball 77. Mumbai Indians (MI) chased a mammoth target of 199 with ease and won their fifth game on trot by 8 wickets. Buttler, along with Parthiv Patel, provided a flying start to their innings adding 81 runs within the Powerplay overs, setting the tone for rest of the game. Requiring almost 10 runs per over, Buttler moved with the watch-ball-hit-ball motto from ball one. He also built crucial partnerships along the way with Parthiv and Nitish Rana, who also got his fifty. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians – Match 22

Speaking to iplt20, Buttler reflected on his performance and said, “I had a fantastic time batting. I have found good form so far in the tournament, but hadn’t really kicked on and made a big contribution. So [I’m] delighted to really go on and make that good score. It was a fantastic wicket, a small ground and so I’m delighted to go on. It was very close actually to my natural way of batting. It is nice actually when the opposition scores big; you know you have only one way to take the game on. Today from the outset I was really looking to play my shots and kick on so that’s a very natural way of batting — see ball, hit ball.”

Buttler’s partnership with Parthiv of 81 runs snatched the game away from hosts Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): “We both played our natural games. We complement each other well. He is a short left-hander; he looks to sit back and play square of the wicket and complements me with a different style at the other end. It is great fun to bat with a very calm guy. It is great that we managed to put a big partnership.”

Buttler concluded speaking about the team’s approach towards chasing 199: “After the start that we got, we obviously got to a manageable task to score from there on; we probably needed 8 runs per over for 14 or 15 overs. We knew that we could keep going because we had lots of batters to come. So we thought (the) run rate does come into it at some point in the tournament, and tonight to really kick on and try and win the game in less than 20 overs was really important.”