David Miller blitzkrieg snatches win out of Bangalore's hands, keeps Punjab alive in IPL 2013

David Miller scored the third-fastest century in the IPL to take Punjab home © IANS

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Mohali: May 6, 2013

 
An almost unbelievable blinder from David Miller (101 not out off 38 balls) seized a win for the Kings XI Punjab out of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s grasp and kept their hopes alive for qualifying for the playoffs. Both teams maintain their positions in the points table, with Bangalore placed second and Punjab sixth.

Chasing a daunting 191 for victory, an incredible second-half turnaround got Punjab home with two overs and six wickets to spare to spark ecstatic scenes at Mohali.

Miller’s century off 38 balls is the third-fastest in the IPL, behind only Chris Gayle (30 balls) and Yusuf Pathan (37 balls).
 
Punjab lost their first four wickets at regular intervals — every 15-20 runs — and were reduced to 68 for four in the first 10 overs, their target a good 122 runs away. Bangalore would have started planning their post-match party and excursion, while the Punjab dug-out would have probably started preparing for being knocked out of contention for the playoffs. However, not a single person at the PCA Stadium would have predicted what was going to happen next.
 
What happened next would forever be remembered as Miller Time at Mohali as the 23-year-old South African from Natal tore into the Bangalore bowling. Vinay Kumar was the first victim as Miller helped KXIP get 17 from the over with three boundaries and a six. To make matters worse for RCB, skipper Virat Kohli, one of the safest fielders there is, dropped the left-hander off a high catch that slipped through his hands and bounced off his cheek.
 
That was just the signal Miller needed that Punjab stood a chance, still needing 79 off 36 balls. RP Singh bowled the next over and was absolutely massacred by Miller, who bludgeoned two maximums and three boundaries and reduced the equation to 53 off 30 balls.
 
Ravi Rampaul was thrashed for 16 in the next over, and Vinay Kumar went for 18, and all of a sudden, Punjab were clear favourites. With three runs needed and a spacious 13 balls to get them in, Miller was on 95. Chris Gayle, bowling the 18th over, bowled full and on the pads, and there was only going to be one result. Miller spanked it over the sightscreen to get the win and a magnificent, fairytale of a hundred as KXIP lived to die another day.

With Miller in the mixture, it’s going to be one stubborn death if there ever is one.

Read the first-innings report here.

Brief scores:

Royal Challengers Bangalore 190 for 3 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 61, Cheteshwar Pujara 51; Manpreet Gony 2 for 41) lost to Kings XI Punjab 194 for 4 in 18 overs (David Miller 101*, R Sathish 27*; Murali Kartik 2 for 24) by 6 wickets.

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