Miller, Patel Seal Dramatic Win For Punjab

David Miller reverse sweeps
David Miller's 46 not out steered Kings XI Punjab to victory
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Kings XI Punjab 178-6 (Miller 46no) beat
Barbados Tridents 174-6 by four wickets
Champions League T20 Group B, Mohali
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David Miller and Akshar Patel compiled an unbeaten 47-run partnership in 19 balls to carry Kings XI Punjab to a four-wicket win over Barbados Tridents in Group B of the Champions League T20 2014.

The pair combined to hit the penultimate over of the match, bowled by Ravi Rampaul, for 20 to put their side on the cusp of a victory after being set 175 to win.

Having needed 25 to win in 12 balls, they reduced their target to five in four, and promptly made it two wins out of two in the competition.

Barbados had reached 174 for six thanks to half-centuries from Raymon Reifer (60) and Dilshan Munaweera (50).

However, Miller's unbeaten 46 and Patel's 23 in nine balls won the match for Kings XI in the end.

Having lost Dwayne Smith to Chennai Super Kings (as well as Kieron Pollard to Mumbai Indians and Shoaib Malik to Hobart Hurricanes) the Barbados side looked somewhat different to the one that won the Caribbean Premier League earlier this year, but nevertheless, they put up an excellent performance.

Munaweera, drafted in at the top of the order, struck 50 in 26 balls and Reifer 60 not out in 42 as they posted a competitive total.

Parvinder Awana returned three for 46 and Thisara Perera two for 15 for Punjab.

In reply, Punjab's top-order batsmen all got in but failed to go on, so with Virender Sehwag (31), Manan Vohra (27), Wriddhiman Saha (14) out, Punjab needed their increasingly reliable middle order to produce some runs.

And although George Bailey (7) and Perera (0) fell cheaply, in Miller and Patel they did have enough batting in reserve to get over the line.

That they had to pull out all the stops was down to some excellent spin bowling from Jeevan Mendis (2-18) and Ashley Nurse (1-32) but unfortunately for Barbados, Rampaul couldn't follow their lead.

Two fours at the start of the 19th over were followed up by another boundary and then a six at the end as Patel powered Punjab close to the line.

After a couple of singles and a dot ball from Jason Holder offered Barbados a small chance at the death, Miller crushed them by slamming the ball over the long-on fence for his second maximum.

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