KZN’s David Miller stars for Kings XI

2014-04-21 00:00

GLENN Maxwell and David Miller set up an emphatic seven-wicket win for the Kings XI Punjab as they propelled the victors to 193 for three with eight balls to spare thanks to magnificent boundary bashing against the Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Maxwell arrived at the crease unperturbed by the match situation as Punjab were wobbling on 10 for two after 2.4 overs. He treated all comers with disdain, smashing a sensational 89 off 45 balls, including eight fours and six sixes. When he was caught at long-off by Steve Smith off Kane Richardson in the 14th over, Punjab had 126 for three.

Punjab still had to score 49 runs off 24 balls to reach the competitive total, but Miller hit 51 off 19 balls to take them to a win with eight balls to spare. It included six sixes.

The definite turning point of the match came in the 18th over, when Dhawal Kulkarni conceded 27 runs. Miller was the executioner, hitting four sixes.

The Rajasthan Royals earlier compiled a competitive 191 for five, thanks to Sanju Samson (52, 34 balls, 3x4, 4x6) and Shane Watson. His 50 came off 29 balls, including five fours and three sixes.

Samson launched the Royals’ innings with Abhishek Nayar as 54 runs came in the power play phase of six overs. Watson continued the carnage with Samson. They shared in a 74-run partnership off 42 balls.

Kings XI Punjab made a sluggish start, losing Virender Sehwag (2) and Wriddhiman Saha (2) in the first three overs with only 10 runs on the board.

To add insult to injury, Pujara, a classical Test batsman but not a natural aggressor, was in pedestrian mould. However, Maxwell was unnerved by the early loss of wickets or his silent partner, playing with with carefree abandon.

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