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Kings XI Punjab win by 7 wickets

Kings XI vs Pune

Indian Premier League: David Miller inspires Kings XI to dramatic win over Pune

David Miller: Match-winning 80 not out for Kings XI

Luke Wright: Failed to hold his nerve with the ball

England's Luke Wright saw his final over taken for the 16 runs required for Kings XI Punjab to claim a dramatic seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.

Wright, making his first outing of the campaign for the Warriors, was dispatched over the rope for six on two occasions by South Africa's David Miller, whose second maximum sealed victory with one ball to spare.

Miller ended unbeaten on 80 not out from 41 balls, sharing an unbroken and match-winning 128-run partnership with Mandeep Singh (77no off 58) to help Kings XI chase down 186 in thrilling fashion.

Wright had earlier played a useful cameo with the bat, crunching 34 not out off just 10 balls to help Pune post a commanding 185-4 batting first.

Warriors captain Aaron Finch had earlier laid the foundations with a well-complied 64 and would have been confident of defending the total at the halfway stage.

Pune were sitting even prettier when Adam Gilchrist (4) and Azhar Mahmood (0) fell inside the first seven balls, but Manan Vohra helped steady the ship with a quickfire 22 before Singh and Miller took centre stage.

Only Yuvraj Singh (1-15) of the Pune bowlers exerted any sort of control and it was perhaps a surprise when Finch asked Wright to bowl the final over instead of the left-arm spinner.

With 16 runs required the fielding side remained favourites and their chances improved further when only two singles were yielded from Wright's first two balls.

But Miller was to have the final say, carving a full third delivery over the rope before sealing a third win for Kings XI by thumping the penultimate ball over long-off.

Match Details

Date
21st Apr 2013
Toss
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Umpires
M Erasmus and K Srinath

kings xi BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Gilchrist c Uthappa b Kumar 4
M. Singh not out 77
Mahmood lbw b B.A.W. Mendis 0
M. Vohra b Singh 22
D.A. Miller not out 80
Extras 1w, 2lb 3
Total 19.5 Overs 186 - 3
Full Batting Card

pune BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Kumar 4 0 31 1
B.A.W. Mendis 4 0 38 1
Dinda 4 0 37 0
Sharma 3 0 28 0
Singh 2 0 15 1
Wright 2.5 0 35 0
Full Bowling Card