Dolphins’ Miller hits IPL’s third fastest ton

2013-05-07 00:00

DAVID Miller wrote himself into the IPL history books last night as he smashed an unbeaten 101 off 38 balls — the third fastest ton in the five-year competition — to see the Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mohali.

The Pietermaritzburg-born cricketer’s innings included eight fours and seven sixes. He came in with his side on 51/3 and shared an unbroken 130-run partnership from 8.1 overs with Rajagopal Sathish (27*) as the Kings coasted home with two overs to spare.

Batting first, the Challengers racked up 190/3, with Cheteshwar Pujara (51) and Chris Gayle (61) laying the platform with an opening stand of 102. AB de Villiers weighed in with 38 off 19 balls and it looked another bleak night for the Punjab outfit.

With 64 runs on the board after 9.5 overs, it looked as though the Kings were dead and buried, but such is the nature of T20 cricket that anything can happen, and it did last night when the world moved for the men in red and grey.

Miller’s innings had only four dot balls and he laid into the Challengers’ attack, smashing RP Singh for 26 in one over.

He lofted the last ball of the 18th back over bowler Gayle’s head to bring up his hundred.

While his adrenalin was pumping with the magnitude of his achievement, Miller was his modest self. “I’m happy I came off tonight. I’ve been working hard at my game and this is for my cousin who is celebrating her birthday in Durban as I speak.

“I’ve worked a year-and-a-half on being able to get in and then explode and tonight it all happened,” said the Dolphins batsman.

One hopes the powers that be at the Dolphins in Durban saw what one of their most talented players accomplished and have made plans about how to develop him and keep him at the franchise.

The Dolphins have already lost the best Test player in the world (Hashim Amla) to the Cobras and don’t need to give away one of the best T20 exponents next.

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