David Miller produced one of his best T20 innings to help the Gujarat Titans beat the Chennai Super Kings by three wickets in the IPL on Sunday.
The Proteas batsman smashed 94* off 51 balls, including eight fours and six sixes, as the Titans reached their target of 170 with one ball to spare.
Gujarat slipped to 48-4 before Miller put on an attacking 70-run sixth-wicket stand with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan (40).
Rashid, an ace leg-spinner who stood in as captain in place of the injured Hardik Pandya, smashed three sixes and a four off Chris Jordan in a 25-run 18th over.
Rashid fell after his 21-ball blitz but Miller completed the job, taking 13 runs in a dramatic final over from Jordan.
Miller hit a six after two dot balls, was caught at short third man only for the delivery to be called no-ball for height, and then hit a four and finished the match off with a two.
Gujarat, one of the two new franchises in the expanded 10-team IPL, consolidated their position at the top of the log with five wins from six matches. Chennai slipped to five losses in six games.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 73 went in vain after the opener guided Chennai to 169-5.
He put on a 92-run third-wicket stand with Ambati Rayudu, who hit 46, after the wickets of Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali.
Skipper Ravindra Jadeja, who took over the captaincy ahead of the season after MS Dhoni stepped down, provided a late blitz with his unbeaten 12-ball 22, but Miller’s knock overshadowed every other innings in the match.