Miller the star player in IPL

2013-05-21 00:00

DAVID Miller was the star South African performer during the league phase of the Indian Premier League, but his efforts were not enough to prevent the Kings XI Punjab from missing out on a place in the playoffs.

The league phase of this year’s IPL ended on Sunday with the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and the unfancied Sunrisers Hyderabad in the top four positions and getting a place in the playoffs.

Miller’s side ended in sixth place, four points off a playoff place, but it was not for a lack of effort from the 23-year-old Dolphins batsman who scored 418 runs in 12 matches at an average of 59,71 and a strike-rate of 164,56.

The highlight of Miller’s competition was undoubtedly his 101 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but in the last week of the league phase he gave yet another exhibition of his powerful hitting as he smashed 44 not out off a mere 24 balls as Punjab beat the Delhi Daredevils.

Miller was, arguably, the South African who most enhanced his reputation on the international stage after his exploits at this year’s IPL.

AB de Villiers was another South African batsman to impose himself on the IPL with the Proteas’ one-day international captain scoring 360 runs at an average of 36 and a strike-rate of 164,38.

However, De Villiers’s efforts were not enough to help Bangalore into the playoffs, with the Royal Challengers ending fifth on the table.

Dale Steyn was the top South African performer with the ball as the paceman nabbed 18 wickets for Hyderabad at an average of 20,15, while conceding just 5,65 runs to the over.

Steyn proved his worth for his team as he captured 2/24 against the Kolkata Knight Riders as the Sunrisers won the last league match of the season to secure their place in the playoffs.

Jacques Kallis may be 37 years old, but he proved that he is still an all-round force as he scored 311 runs and took 16 wickets for Kolkata, although his efforts were not enough to prevent the Knight Riders from crashing out of the competition.

All-rounder Chris Morris enjoyed a fine debut season with the ball for Chennai and he justified the $625 000 (R5,9 million) that Chennai paid for him in the player auction.

Morris ended with 13 wickets for Chennai and established himself as a key component of a powerful Chennai outfit which ended at the top of the table after the league phase of the competition.

Morris and Albie Morkel with Chennai and Steyn, with Hyderabad, are the only South Africans, playing on a regular basis with their franchises, left in the tournament.

Chennai play Mumbai today for the right to advance straight to the final before Rajasthan and the Sunrisers meet in an elimination match tomorrow. The winner of that game will play against the loser of the Chennai-Mumbai clash for the right to play in the final in Kolkata on May 26.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.