IPL 2022: David Miller won the Player of the Match award after his winning knockout against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at MCA Stadium.
David Miller celebrates after winning Gujarat Titans. (Courtesy of: PTI)
- Miller scored an unbeaten 94 against the Chennai Super Kings
- Miller shared a 70-run collaboration with Rashid Khan
- CSK is seventh in the points list after losing their fifth game
Gujarat Titans’ (GT) batter David Miller drew parallels from his knockout against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday with the one he played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against Kings XI Punjab, now Punjab Kings, in 2013 Nine years ago, it was Miller’s undefeated 38-ball 101 that took the Mohali team across the finish line with two overs to go.
This time, Miller hit 94 off 51 balls with eight fours and six sixes, helping the Titans to a three-wicket victory. The southpaw also won the Player of the Match after his match-winning knockout against the four-time IPL champions at MCA Stadium in Pune.
Miller said hitting in the power play helped him get into rhythm with ease, as the ball had yet to lose its shine. The southpaw also indicated that he intended to play out his shots evenly from the start.
“(Agreement to the century for Kings XI Punjab) Yes took me in my memory. I wanted to see the ball, hit the ball. I wanted to express myself from the beginning. It came out really well. By entering the power play I was able to shine when the ball is harder than usual. I also have more time, so that was cool,” Miller said.
Miller praises Rashid
During his knockout, Miller also shared a crucial 70-run partnership with Rashid Khan, who netted a crucial 21-ball 40 in a critical match situation. After Rashid got out, Miller took responsibility and made sure his team took the win. Miller praised Rashid for providing support after the Titans ran into trouble chasing 170.
“Rashid’s percussion creates a lot of pressure. It was an exceptional turn, because with that the game changer was over. The first few games we played we won close games. This is also a close game. We could have lost 4 out of 6 but won 5 out of 6 instead. I want to keep the soft strokes,” he added.
The Titans did not have the services of their regular skipper Hardik Pandya, who missed the game due to a stiffness in the groin. But despite not having the 28-year-old GT showed great character under pressure. The Titans are placed at the top of the points list with 10 points from six games.