David Miller and Mandeep Singh’s blazing unbeaten half centuries set the platform for Kings XI Punjab to claim a seven—wicket win over Pune Warriors in a edge—of—the—seat thriller Pepsi Indian Premier League match, here on Sunday.
Miller played a scintillating 41—ball 80 knock laced with five fours and an equal number of sixes while Mandeep hit 58—ball 77, decorated with seven fours, to help their team secure victory with just one ball to spare.
Needing 29 off last two overs, Miller hit two consecutive fours off Dinda in the 19th over to ease down the pressure.
Kings XI managed to get 13 runs off the over.
With 16 required off the last over, Miller hit two huge sixes off Wright to hand the hosts their third win from six matches.
Earlier, skipper Aaron Finch led from the front with a strokeful half-century while Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright also came up withsignificant contributions as Pune Warriors posted an imposing 185 for 4 against Kings XI Punjab.
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.
Finch led from the front after being dropped by Gilchrist off Mahmood in the second over of the innings.
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.
Parvinder Awana gave Punjab their first breakthrough by dismissing Uthappa, who was caught by Gilchrist behind the wickets in the 11th over.
Next man-in, Yuvraj Singh made his intentions clear from the outset as he smashed leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for a six and a four in the 14th over.
Chasing the target, Kings XI got off to a disastrous start as they were two down with just five runs on board.
While Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed 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.
Pune Warriors: 185 for 4 in 20 overs (Aaron Finch 65, Yuvraj Singh 34, Luke Wright 34; Azhar Mahmood 2/42).
Kings XI Punjab: 186 for 3 in 20 overs (David Miller 80 not out, Mandeep Singh 77; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/31).
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