IPL 2013: Miller Pulls Off Stunning Kings XI Victory
Kings XI Punjab 194-4 (Miller 101no) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 190-3 by 6 wickets
Indian Premier League 2013, Mohali
In a tournament that has already seen some blistering centuries and some stunning finishes, David Miller scripted one of the most remarkable of each to see Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali.
Set 191 to win after half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara and Chris Gayle, Kings XI needed 94 in 40 balls but thanks to Miller hammering 101 not out in 38 deliveries, got home with two overs to spare.
99 runs came from the last five overs of the game and Bangalore were left to rue the fact that their captain Virat Kohli had dropped Miller when on just 41.
His hundred was the third quickest in IPL history, behind Gayle and Yusuf Pathan, and it came from 38 balls - the final one of which was a massive straight six off Gayle to win the game.
Gayle had earlier hit 61 in 33 balls and Pujara made 51 in 48 in an opening partnership worth 102 and after Kohli fell for 14, AB de Villiers made 38 in 19 and Moises Henriques 16 in seven to post a total of 190 for three.
Manpreet Gony took two for 41 and Parvinder Awana one for 28 while Australian Michael Neser marked his IPL debut by leaking 62 runs in his four overs.
Things were looking very rosy indeed for Bangalore when Shaun Marsh (6), Mandeep Singh (16), Gurkeerat Singh (20) and David Hussey (13) fell cheaply to leave Kings XI at 64 for four in the 10th over.
It was far from over, but it likely would have been had Kohli held on to a skyer when Miller hoisted Ranganath Vinay Kumar into the night sky.
The South African was not about to let such a gilt-edged opportunity pass him by, going on to hit eight fours and seven sixes while he was aided at the death by a cameo of 27 not out in 18 balls by Rajagopal Sathish, who hit the boundaries and then got Miller back on strike to apply the finishing blast.
Kings XI Punjab's first win in four matches moves them to within two wins of the four teams who have 14 points from second to fifth and with four more home games to come, their chances of making the play-offs have not yet disappeared.
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