Gujarat Titans smashed CSK thanks to David Miller’s remarkable 94


On Sunday, David Miller of South Africa hit an unbeaten 94 to lead Gujarat Titans(GT) to a thrilling three-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings(CSK) in the Indian Premier League(IPL). Gujarat fell to 48-4 in the pursuit of 170 points. In the second game of the day in Pune, Miller put on an explosive 70-run sixth wicket stand with Afghanistan's Rashid Khan (40), propelling his team to their goal with one ball to spare.

In a 25-run 18th over, Rashid, an ace leg-spinner who took over as captain in lieu of Hardik Pandya, hammered three sixes and a four off Chris Jordan. Following Rashid fell after his 21-ball blitz, Miller finished the job, taking 13 runs in Jordan's final over.

After two dot balls, Miller struck a six, was caught at short third-man only to have the delivery declared no ball for height, then hit a four and finished the game with a two. In his 51-ball innings, he hit eight fours and six sixes.

The GT, one of the two new clubs in the expanded 10-team IPL, maintained their lead with five wins in six games. CSK has now lost five of its last six matches.

After the opener took CSK to 169 for five, Ruturaj Gaikwad's 73 was in vain.

With his unbeaten 12-ball 22, captain Ravindra Jadeja, who took over the captaincy before the season when MS Dhoni stepped down, offered a late blitz, but Miller's effort eclipsed every other innings in the contest.

If Shivam Dube had not made a blunder while fielding, the show's outcome might have been otherwise. Dwayne Bravo was pitching against Miller in the 17th over of the new franchise innings. The southpaw attempted to blast a slower delivery over the boundary ropes, but the connection was poor, and the ball went to Dube at deep midwicket.

Jadeja commented that they got off to a great start. The bowling unit bowled well in the first six overs, but Miller deserves credit for playing some wonderful cricket shots. They thought 169 was a par score while they were batting since the pitch was gripping and the ball was holding.