Miller pulls it off
New Delhi (Agencies): Despite losing early wickets, Mandeep Singh and David Miller put up a brave effort to help Punjab successfully chase down 186...
New Delhi (Agencies): Despite losing early wickets, Mandeep Singh and David Miller put up a brave effort to help Punjab successfully chase down 186 target in the final over.A With 16 required of final over, both batsmen held their nerve to cross Pune total with a ball to spare. While Mandeep Singh score 77 not out, Miller made unbeaten 80 off just 41 deliveries. Mandeep's fifty came off 39 deliveries while Miller reached his half-ton after facing 29 balls. Yuvraj Singh bowled out Manan Vohra (22) after 53-run stand for the third wicket.A Vohra along with Mandeep Singh tried to rescue their side from the early blows by scoring at brisk rate. The duo took Punjab past 50 in the sixth over. However, Yuvraj struck in the seventh over to end Vohra's battle at the score of 58. Kings XI Punjab got off to a disastrous start while chasing a massive 186 as they were two down with just five runs on board.A While Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Punjab opener Adam Gilchrist in the first over, Ajantha Mendis struck in the second over to send back Azhar Mahmood putting Punjab on back foot. Gilchrist scored just a boundary before getting caught behind by Robin Uthappa. Mahmood failed to get off the mark and was trapped leg before. Earlier, skipper Aaron Finch led from the front with a strokeful half-century while Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright also came up with significant contributions as Pune Warriors posted an imposing 185 for four. Finch scored an attractive 42-ball 65 with the help of eight fours and two sixes while Yuvraj hit an impressive 24-ball 34, laced with two fours and three sixes. Luke Wright helped the visitors finish with flourish, courtesy his breezy 34 off 10, during which he found the fence six times. Opener Robin Uthappa also scored a useful 37 off 33 deliveries with the help of four fours and added 83 runs for the opening wicket stand with Finch after being invited to bat by KXIP skipper Adam Gilchrist. In fact, 17th over from Azhar Mahmood yielded 17 runs as Wright hit him for four consecutive boundaries.A Finch led from the front after being dropped by Gilchrist off Mahmood in the second over of the innings.A Both Finch and Uthappa gave the visitors a flying start as they took the side to 77 in first ten overs. The hosts' bowlers appeared clueless as the duo helped Pune cross 50-mark in just six overs. Brief Scores: Pune Warriors 185 for 4 (Aaron Finch 65, Yuvraj Singh 34, Luke Wright 34, Azhar Mahmood 2/42) lost to Kings XI Punjab: 186 for 3 in 20 overs (David Miller 80 no, Mandeep Singh 77)
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