Kings XI Punjab came back to winning ways with a statement making six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. After RCB posted a massive 190, KXIP, led by David Miller’s brutal 38-ball unbeaten 101, chased it down in 18 overs.
Chasing a mammoth 191, KXIP lost Shaun Marsh (6) caught by AB de Villiers off Ravi Rampaul. Mandeep Singh (16) was then caught behind off Vinay Kumar in the fifth over to give RCB their second wicket. Gurkeerat Singh hit Henriques for two boundaries as KXIP made 41 from the Power Play. Murali Kartik, introduced into the attack in the eighth over, struck immediately trapping Gurkeerat (20) leg before wicket. He struck a second time when David Hussey (13) holed out to Moises Henriques at long on. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 68 for four, still needing 123 runs.
Miller smashed Kartik for a six in the 12th over. Rajagopal Sathish was put down by Chris Gayle on seven off Vinay Kumar. Miller went after Vinay Kumar hitting him for a six and two boundaries before Virat Kohli put him down on 41. Miller continued his assault taking apart an RP Singh’s over – the 15th of the innings - for 26 runs with two sixes and three boundaries.
Needing 53 from 30 balls, Miller dispatched Rampaul for a six and a boundary in the 16th over. He dished out the same treatment to Vinay Kumar in the 17th over. Sathish (27*) hit Gayle for a six and two boundaries before Miller finished the proceedings with a six to bring up his century and see KXIP home. Miller’s 38-ball century – his first three-figure score in Twenty20 cricket – is the third-fastest century in the IPL.
Earlier KXIP won the toss and put RCB in. RCB openers Gayle and Cheteshwar Pujara started cautiously before Gayle hit consecutive sixes off IPL debutant, Michael Neser taking 18 runs from it. Pujara then joined in with three successive boundaries off Manpreet Gony as RCB made 58 from their Power Play. Gayle brought up his 15th IPL fifty clipping Neser off his pad for two.
Gayle (61) smashed Gony for a straight six before the bowler came back strongly to castle him. Pujara hit Parvinder Awana for consecutive boundaries in the 14th over. Gony gave KXIP their second breakthrough when he bowled Pujara (51). Awana had Kohli (14) caught by Shaun Marsh as KXIP put the brakes on the RCB’s scoring. de Villiers (38*) hit Neser for a six and a boundary in the 18th over. Henriques (16*) then launched Praveen Kumar over the mid-wicket fence before smashing a boundary. RCB plundered 21 runs off Neser’s final over to finish at 190 for 3.
Man-of-the-Match: David Miller
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 190 for 3 (Chris Gayle 61, Manpreet Gony 2-41) lost to Kings XI Punjab 194 for 4 (David Miller 101*, Murali Kartik 2-24) by 6 wickets.
130: The unbroken partnership of 130 between Miller and Sathish equaled the record for the highest fifth wicket partnership in IPL. Owais Shah and Angelo Mathews were involved in an identical partnership for Kolkata Knight Riders against Deccan Chargers at Mumbai DYP in 2010. Incidentally Sathish contributed 27 and Miller 'only' 93 in this partnership!
101: David Miller's unbeaten innings is now the highest score by a number 5 batsman in IPL, surpassing Yusuf Pathan's 100 for Rajasthan Royals against Mumbai Indians at Mumbai BS in 2010.
99: Runs scored by Kings XI Punjab in last 5 overs of their innings. This equaled the record of most runs scored in any 5-over stretch in an IPL game. Rajasthan Royals had also scored 99 (between 12th and 16th overs) against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2010.
62: Runs conceded by Michael Neser – most by a debutant in IPL. Mashrafe Mortaza had conceded 58 for Kolkata Knight Riders against Deccan Chargers in 2009. Incidentally he just missed the ignominy of conceding most runs in an IPL match. This dubious distinction is shared by Varun Aaron and Ashoke Dinda.
38: Balls taken by David Miller to reach his hundred – third fastest hundred in IPL history after Chris Gayle 30 balls (RCB v PWI 2013) and Yusuf Pathan 37 balls (RR v MI, 2010).
24: Number of balls taken by David Miller to reach his fifty. He is the first batsman to score two fifties off 25 balls (or less) in IPL 2013. Miller had scored a 25-ball fifty against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai.
2: Number of batsmen to score a hundred in IPL at number five. David Miller emulated Yusuf Pathan.
Quotes from the presentation
"One of the best innings anyone has ever seen in the IPL," says Virat Kohli. "But a few good efforts in the field could have changed it for us. 190 was a par total. We should have taken the chances in the field. One of those days. You concentrate hard when you go for catches, but sometimes they don't stick. Credit to David too. It was an incredible innings."
"Very pleased," says David Hussey. "What an innings. We bowled really well. And about an innings like that, what can you say? We never lose hope. We have been fighting till the bitter end. The total was a bit over-par, but when you have batters like David Miller and Sathish at the end, anything is possible. It seems unreal when you sit down and watch it. He is a Kings XI Punjab player for life."
"It was a big total to get," says David Miller, the Man of the Match. "Sathish and I decided to get in and then explode. Sathish is experienced. He did a great job in the end. 'If it's in the V, in the tree; if it's in the arc, it's out of the park.'"
The bit about V and tree is what David Miller's father used to tell him when he was a kid