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IPL 2017: KXIP vs MI - Turning Point - Miller Drops Buttler

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 20, 2017, 11:59 PM IST
IPL 2017: KXIP vs MI - Turning Point - Miller Drops Buttler

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Jos Buttler was the man responsible for Kings XI Punjab's 8-wicket annihilation at Indore despite putting up a massive total of 198 on the board.

The Englishman tore the heart out of Punjab's bowling as he smashed them for five massive sixes and seven boundaries in his 37-ball knock of 77 runs at Indore's Holkar stadium.

Set a massive 199 to win the match, the 'Blue Brigade' raced to the target in just 15.3 overs, thanks mainly to Buttler. The Englishman was ably supported, first by Parthiv Patel (37 of 18 balls), and then by young sensation Nitish Rana (37 of 18 balls), who shared an 85-run stand with Buttler.

The story could have been completely different though had David Miller held on to a straight-forward catch of Buttler when he was batting on 22 in the fourth over.

Buttler fiercely hit Ishant Sharma straight to covers where Miller was standing. The South African got his hands up but the force of the ball was such that it hit the fielder on the forehead and ran straight to the boundary ropes.

The reprieve proved to be too costly for Punjab as Buttler took the match away from Kings XI Punjab with power packed display. His drop thus was the turning point of the match.

First Published: April 20, 2017, 11:58 PM IST

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