But the opening pair of Jos Buttler and Parthiv Patel followed by the 50 plus knock of Nitish Rana outplayed Punjab and win the tough looking game very easily by 8 wickets.
Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians have played 18 matches the IPL, with both the teams winning nine games each.
Hashim Amla slammed his first hundred in Twenty20 (T20) cricket on Thursday as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) set Mumbai Indians (MI) 199 runs to win in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, match 22 at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
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Punjab lost a bit of momentum in the middle where Wriddhiman Saha (11) and Amla managed just 23 runs in the next four overs and the pressure got the better of the former when he was castled by Krunal Pandya (1-29).
The Mumbai Indians will be likely to open with Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler.
In six innings, Rohit has been dismissed by Sandeep Sharma twice, with the Mumbai batsman managing only 18 runs off 19 balls.
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Patel fell first, mistiming a ball wide of off stump.
The victory was Mumbai's fifth in six games, while the loss was Punjab's fourth of the season.
Not until captain Glenn Maxwell joined Amla did Kings XI get back on track. Pandya played his role perfectly with Rana and finally, the target of 199 runs was chased in 16th over with 27 balls remaining. MI is now third in the table, locked on 8 points with SRH and the leaders KKR, separated by net run rate.
If Amla was sublime, Buttler's power-packed shots were scary as he hit seven fours and five sixes, completely overshadowing the effort from the illustrious South African.
Young Nitish Rana has been a consistent contributer for Mumbai this season.
The IPL continues with Kolkata Knight Riders versus Gujarat Lions on Friday, live on Sky Sports 2 from 3pm.
The Mumbai top order was on-fire in pursuit with Parthiv Patel and England worldwide Joss Buttler providing the early impetus before the former departed at 80-1 after just six overs having hit four fours and two sixes.