David Miller played one of the finest knock of the IPL season to snatch victory for Kings XI Punjab from the jaws of defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the PCA stadium on Monday.
His 38-ball hundred resurrected Kings XI from 64 for 4 and he was chiefly responsible for the 99-run blaze scored in the last five overs of the chase to pull off a coup against a team studded with superstars.Miller hit seven sixes and eight boundaries during his onslaught that left the visitors stunned even after posting a big total.
Miller shared 130-run partnrship for the fifth wicket with R Sathish.
Early wickets put Kings XI Punjab on back foot after Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a massive 190/3 in the IPL clash at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
Openers Chris Gayle and Cheteshwar Pujara hit contrasting half-centuries as Royal Challengers Bangalore amassed an imposing 190 for three.
Pujara, playing his first match of the season, and Gayle shared a 102-run stand to give their side a rollicking start and AB de Villers came up with a 38-run cameo off just 19 balls towards the end to propel the side to a huge score.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore would not have expected this from the Mohali-based minnows, especially after they recorded the fifth-highest total of the tournament so far. Their innings was built on the shoulders of Chris Gayle – who crossed the fifty mark for the first time since his 175 against Pune and reclaimed the orange cap.
Kings XI responded with only a spine in Miller. He proved it remains the most important component of the human body and can be totally self-sustaining if needs be.
Kings XI Punjab 194 for 4 (Miller 101*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore190 for 3 (Gayle 61, Pujara 51)