Punjab v Pune, IPL 2013, Mohali April 22, 2013

'I wasn't really thinking much' - Miller

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David Miller, the South Africa batsman, produced his best ever batting performance for Kings XI Punjab on Sunday night, slamming an unbeaten 80 off 41 balls to help his team chase down 186 with a ball to spare in Mohali. Pune Warriors must have more than fancied their chances after finishing on 185 for 4 in what has till now been a rather low-scoring tournament, but Miller's 128-run stand with Mandeep Singh was paced well enough to see the hosts home.

The idea, Miller said after the game, was to keep Kings XI in the match till the final over, and see where it went from there. "We did a really great job by taking the game to the last over. We were backing ourselves, we had a chance of winning or losing and I am glad we came out winning at the end of it," Miller told the IPL site. "I said to Mandy, we just need to watch the ball well and really try our best. I wasn't really thinking much to be honest; I had a few plans field wise, but other than that I just tried to clear the ball that came my way."

In all Miller hit five sixes and five fours, finishing with a strike-rate of 195. Mandeep, who had opened the innings, did not match Miller's pace of scoring but provided crucial support with 77 not out off 58 balls. Miller termed Mandeep's knock "phenomenal". "He is a star for the future," he said. "He has a good mind, wants to do well and I am really happy for him."

Kings XI were left with 16 to get off the final over and Miller managed to hit two sixes off the medium pace of Luke Wright, the England allrounder, who was playing his first game of the season for Warriors.

Wright had earlier played a pivotal role in lifting Warriors to a commanding total, blitzing 34 off 10 balls at the death. While he was "delighted" to finally be a part of the action, Wright said he did not quite look forward to bowling that final over as batting is his "main strength".

"I am not an out and out bowler, I just bowl a bit sometimes, so obviously there was pressure there. It was a situation I am not used to being in so often, but it was a shame I couldn't defend the total off the last over," Wright said. "The loss has taken the shine off my knock. But in terms of batting, that has been my main strength and I am very pleased with it."

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  • TSJ07 on April 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Richardson Mzaidume on (April 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT) -- mate I fully agree with you what you said. I have been following Miller ever since he joined my fav team, KXIP but before this he never got the chance to show his real talent. Gilly would always prefer some Aussie over him in previous matches even though Miller played some crucial knocks lower down the order scoring quickfire 20s and 30s. Hussey used him little bit when he was captain while Gilly was out injured. In this match also Gilly had no choice but to send Miller ahead of Hussey coz asking run rate was too high and Hussey couldn't have managed it though he is the 3rd best batsman Punjab have after Marsh and Miller. In next matches Marsh should be brought in for Gilly and Saini (wk) for Gurkeerat thogu they can also think of giving Azhar some rest for few matches just to try new combination. I love the commitment of Azhar for KXIP but sometime even very good player has to sit down to make the balance of team right.

  • Affan1984 on April 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Mathews is a good player but there are better foreign players in Pune. Smith, Finch, Wright and Ross are anytime better than Mathews. Finch should captain the side in the remaining stage. He showed lots of guts. He had the aggression. However giving the last over to Wright was the poor decision. The bowler has to be little street smart and mentally tough to perform in such type of situation.

  • Winsome on April 22, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Fantastic batting from the Kings XI team. Gilchrist would probably be happy to sit out for Marsh if they let him. Wright has to bowl if they leave out Mathews and Marsh at the same time. Mendis will get more games so Pune has to sort out their seam bowling, their bowling has been far and away their strongest suit in the iPL up till that game.

  • on April 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Miller,the killer for Kings IX punjab!!! I dont agree to the statement that yuvraj should have bowled. But still even gone for runs Dinda was the man to bowl. It shows the poor captaincy from Aaru. Also to my opinion Smith should captain the side for PWI as he's experienced of captaining for Sydney Sixers in Big Bash.

  • Ansh_indian on April 22, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    PWI ,looking into your bowling lineUp. Why Dinda and Nayar is in Team? Its better to use Rasool and Ishwar Pandey and in place of Mendis use Richardson or Marsh.

  • nairsasi on April 22, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Yes ofcourse. The Pwi need a good captain. angelo mathews is not a good option. my opinion is yuvraj shuld be the captain of the team.

  • priceless1 on April 22, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    only good thing in the game for Pune is that they finally got their 4 foreign players correctly

  • Velly_jatt on April 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    I repeat and repeat again.... Kings XI have one of the most balanced side in IPL... they bat till number 11... given that Parveen Kumar bats at 11... it was just about settling down.... with Shaun Marsh coming in they will be team to beat... u dnt need super stars... u need performers !!!!! Go Kings XI go.... Proud of Punjab !!!!!

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Defenitely Yuvraj could have bowled the last over as he is a experienced campaigner. Also, given the troubles of oversea's player against a spinner, he really should have bowled that over. At-most he might have given away 12 runs, but that will do. Its really a poor captaincy from Finch, which showed his in-experince. And what is Dinda doing in this camp, just running & showing how fast he could bowl? While he is getting swayed away by even medicore batsmen...its high time Pune get their bowling combination right..bating seems to be settling

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    In T20 Cricket Wright it a top order batsmen and is as good a 6 hitter has England has produced, his bowling will fill a hole and on some pitches he can do a job, I have no idea why he was bowling the last over

  • TSJ07 on April 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    @Richardson Mzaidume on (April 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT) -- mate I fully agree with you what you said. I have been following Miller ever since he joined my fav team, KXIP but before this he never got the chance to show his real talent. Gilly would always prefer some Aussie over him in previous matches even though Miller played some crucial knocks lower down the order scoring quickfire 20s and 30s. Hussey used him little bit when he was captain while Gilly was out injured. In this match also Gilly had no choice but to send Miller ahead of Hussey coz asking run rate was too high and Hussey couldn't have managed it though he is the 3rd best batsman Punjab have after Marsh and Miller. In next matches Marsh should be brought in for Gilly and Saini (wk) for Gurkeerat thogu they can also think of giving Azhar some rest for few matches just to try new combination. I love the commitment of Azhar for KXIP but sometime even very good player has to sit down to make the balance of team right.

  • Affan1984 on April 22, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    Mathews is a good player but there are better foreign players in Pune. Smith, Finch, Wright and Ross are anytime better than Mathews. Finch should captain the side in the remaining stage. He showed lots of guts. He had the aggression. However giving the last over to Wright was the poor decision. The bowler has to be little street smart and mentally tough to perform in such type of situation.

  • Winsome on April 22, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Fantastic batting from the Kings XI team. Gilchrist would probably be happy to sit out for Marsh if they let him. Wright has to bowl if they leave out Mathews and Marsh at the same time. Mendis will get more games so Pune has to sort out their seam bowling, their bowling has been far and away their strongest suit in the iPL up till that game.

  • on April 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Miller,the killer for Kings IX punjab!!! I dont agree to the statement that yuvraj should have bowled. But still even gone for runs Dinda was the man to bowl. It shows the poor captaincy from Aaru. Also to my opinion Smith should captain the side for PWI as he's experienced of captaining for Sydney Sixers in Big Bash.

  • Ansh_indian on April 22, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    PWI ,looking into your bowling lineUp. Why Dinda and Nayar is in Team? Its better to use Rasool and Ishwar Pandey and in place of Mendis use Richardson or Marsh.

  • nairsasi on April 22, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Yes ofcourse. The Pwi need a good captain. angelo mathews is not a good option. my opinion is yuvraj shuld be the captain of the team.

  • priceless1 on April 22, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    only good thing in the game for Pune is that they finally got their 4 foreign players correctly

  • Velly_jatt on April 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    I repeat and repeat again.... Kings XI have one of the most balanced side in IPL... they bat till number 11... given that Parveen Kumar bats at 11... it was just about settling down.... with Shaun Marsh coming in they will be team to beat... u dnt need super stars... u need performers !!!!! Go Kings XI go.... Proud of Punjab !!!!!

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Defenitely Yuvraj could have bowled the last over as he is a experienced campaigner. Also, given the troubles of oversea's player against a spinner, he really should have bowled that over. At-most he might have given away 12 runs, but that will do. Its really a poor captaincy from Finch, which showed his in-experince. And what is Dinda doing in this camp, just running & showing how fast he could bowl? While he is getting swayed away by even medicore batsmen...its high time Pune get their bowling combination right..bating seems to be settling

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    In T20 Cricket Wright it a top order batsmen and is as good a 6 hitter has England has produced, his bowling will fill a hole and on some pitches he can do a job, I have no idea why he was bowling the last over

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    It's sad that in Proteas set-up they have failed to get the best out of Miller. Next thing we hear he'll have bumper contract from one of the county sides and he will be lost to SA cricket for good. That's when everybody we'll wake up and smell coffee, by then it will be too late.

  • Pathiyal on April 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    i was not a big fan of Kings XI until their yesterday's match against Pune. the manner in which they chased down 185 was a rare feet, credits to Mandeep, David Miller and Vohra. seeing luke Wright's innings i had thought that they have sealed the match in their favour. that made the chase interesting. Miller's way of handing the abusive Ashok Dinda deserves some praise too :-) hope these 2 guys will repeat their class in the remaining matches to stay in the contest.

  • magesh78 on April 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Super knock by Miller, well done man. Kings XI also proves that they can chase any score. Don't forget the support given by Mandeep Singh. Good sign for the team

  • Go_F.Alonso on April 22, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Speaking for the fans, I don't think the bowling took any shine off Luke's batting effort. The other bowlers shouldn't have allowed that situation in the first place. Well played to Miller, Mandeep, Wright and Finch.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Haha ! You think you could win when you drop Mathews....

  • NagarjunReddy on April 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Great Win For Punjab, But PWI lost themselves. PWI Lost Match because of Captaincy lack. wright is part time bowler not regular bowler. bhuvi/dinda should bowl the last over. finch has no experience in Captaincy. Smith is Good Person to Lead the Team. he was captain in Big Bash League. Donal is excellent Bowler, he can suit as a Bowling coach, he can't manage the Complete Coaching responsibilities. Worst Management, Worst Coach, Worst Captaincy. how PWI will win, Esawr Pandey and Rassol Ding what , why PWI have not given single chance to them. am very worrying abt this because, PWI got the Players, but not giving even single chance to them. if they will release them, they can play for Others and they may become stars. instead of sitting here. what finch did yesterday, he can use Nayar for bowling in middle , it's not happened. Yuvi done good job, but he is not completed his quata. what happen to finch. Worst Team Management i Have seen ever and ever for ever. no body will help PWI.

  • QingdaoXI on April 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Well done Miller, i was beilieving that you will do it Kings XI. for next match S. Marsh and Luke Pomersbach should Play. Kings XI: Pomersbach, Mandeep, Marsh, Saini, Miller, Hussey, Chawla, Praveen, Gony, Awana, S.Sharma.

  • SP68 on April 22, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    In experience of Finch and Wright has shown off as they were unable to defend 16, also due credit should be given to Miller and Mandy( Another future Indian Prospect)

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  • SP68 on April 22, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    In experience of Finch and Wright has shown off as they were unable to defend 16, also due credit should be given to Miller and Mandy( Another future Indian Prospect)

  • QingdaoXI on April 22, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Well done Miller, i was beilieving that you will do it Kings XI. for next match S. Marsh and Luke Pomersbach should Play. Kings XI: Pomersbach, Mandeep, Marsh, Saini, Miller, Hussey, Chawla, Praveen, Gony, Awana, S.Sharma.

  • NagarjunReddy on April 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Great Win For Punjab, But PWI lost themselves. PWI Lost Match because of Captaincy lack. wright is part time bowler not regular bowler. bhuvi/dinda should bowl the last over. finch has no experience in Captaincy. Smith is Good Person to Lead the Team. he was captain in Big Bash League. Donal is excellent Bowler, he can suit as a Bowling coach, he can't manage the Complete Coaching responsibilities. Worst Management, Worst Coach, Worst Captaincy. how PWI will win, Esawr Pandey and Rassol Ding what , why PWI have not given single chance to them. am very worrying abt this because, PWI got the Players, but not giving even single chance to them. if they will release them, they can play for Others and they may become stars. instead of sitting here. what finch did yesterday, he can use Nayar for bowling in middle , it's not happened. Yuvi done good job, but he is not completed his quata. what happen to finch. Worst Team Management i Have seen ever and ever for ever. no body will help PWI.

  • on April 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Haha ! You think you could win when you drop Mathews....

  • Go_F.Alonso on April 22, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Speaking for the fans, I don't think the bowling took any shine off Luke's batting effort. The other bowlers shouldn't have allowed that situation in the first place. Well played to Miller, Mandeep, Wright and Finch.

  • magesh78 on April 22, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Super knock by Miller, well done man. Kings XI also proves that they can chase any score. Don't forget the support given by Mandeep Singh. Good sign for the team

  • Pathiyal on April 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    i was not a big fan of Kings XI until their yesterday's match against Pune. the manner in which they chased down 185 was a rare feet, credits to Mandeep, David Miller and Vohra. seeing luke Wright's innings i had thought that they have sealed the match in their favour. that made the chase interesting. Miller's way of handing the abusive Ashok Dinda deserves some praise too :-) hope these 2 guys will repeat their class in the remaining matches to stay in the contest.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    It's sad that in Proteas set-up they have failed to get the best out of Miller. Next thing we hear he'll have bumper contract from one of the county sides and he will be lost to SA cricket for good. That's when everybody we'll wake up and smell coffee, by then it will be too late.

  • on April 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    In T20 Cricket Wright it a top order batsmen and is as good a 6 hitter has England has produced, his bowling will fill a hole and on some pitches he can do a job, I have no idea why he was bowling the last over

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 22, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Defenitely Yuvraj could have bowled the last over as he is a experienced campaigner. Also, given the troubles of oversea's player against a spinner, he really should have bowled that over. At-most he might have given away 12 runs, but that will do. Its really a poor captaincy from Finch, which showed his in-experince. And what is Dinda doing in this camp, just running & showing how fast he could bowl? While he is getting swayed away by even medicore batsmen...its high time Pune get their bowling combination right..bating seems to be settling