David Miller, the best finisher for Kings XI Punjab played one of the best innings of the IPL 6 season when he helped the team chase down the target of 191 runs set by the mammoth batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bangalore, and after Punjab lost the early wickets, there wasn’t a chance for Bangalore to stop David Miller from the spectacular hitting, and that had got worse when Miller was dropped on 41 by Virat Kohli.
The 38-ball century scored by Miller included 8 boundaries and seven sixes, and all were against the best bowlers that RCB had, unlike the opponents who had targeted the debutant of Punjab to score the maximum runs.
Miller entered to bat at a crucial situation when Punjab had to score a double-figure run-rate to win the match as it was 191 they were chasing, but after settling down, he started scoring boundaries off every odd delivery and even the good ones weren’t spared from every best pace bowler of Bangalore, i.e. RP Singh, Ravi Rampaul and Vinay Kumar.
The last 5 overs for Punjab gave them 99 runs, and Miller was well supported by Rajagopal Sathish who scored 27 from 18 balls, with the couple boundaries and a six off Chris Gayle’s over in the end.
Miller vs RCB bowlers:
- David Miller vs Henriques: 7 runs, 3 balls – 1 four
- David Miller vs Murali Kartik: 8 runs, 3 balls – 1 six
- David Miller vs Ravi Rampaul: 19 runs, 9 balls – 1 four, 1 six
- David Miller vs Vinay Kumar: 28 runs, 10 balls – 3 fours, 2 sixes
- David Miller vs RP Singh: 25 runs, 6 balls – 3 fours, 2 sixes
- David Miller vs Chris Gayle: 6 runs, 1 ball – 1 six
Credits to AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Cheteshwar Pujara and Moises Henriques for taking the total of 190 runs from the 20 overs, and the RCB team had lost just three wickets during their innings, while the failure for Punjab was Michael Neser who went away for 62 runs taking no wickets in the restricted four overs.
Pujara played his first IPL 6 match and was very much in control with the guided strokes, and he scored his half century before getting dismissed, but the Gayle storm was usual, as Chris Gayle fire-powered with 61 from 33 balls, with 6 boundaries and 3 sixes. AB de Villiers finished the innings as usual with all his talent and after RCB were on 145 from 17 overs, they went on to reach 190 from 20 overs, scoring 45 off the last three overs.
- RCB 190/3 (20/20 ov)
- Kings XI Punjab 194/4 (18.0/20 ov)
- Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)