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‘Killer Miller returns’ – David Miller’s rescue mission leaves CSK reeling, Twitter reacts

David Miller helped Gujarat Titans snatch a victory out of thin air against the Chennai Super Kings. He just missed a hundred, but his innings of 94 from 51 balls at 184.5 is up there as one of the finest IPL finishes of all time. GT reached their 170-run target with three wickets in hand, and just one ball to spare, while Miller lit up the ground with eight fours and six sixes.

GT were in a soup after they lost their first three wickets inside the Powerplay, and at the end of the fourth over were 16 for 3. Rashid Khan he hit 40 runs from 21 balls, his highest IPL scorera. Maheesh Theekshana and Mukesh Choudhury ripped through the Titans’ top-order, and two batters – Shubman Gill and Abhinav Manohar – were dismissed for ducks. Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed just after the Powerplay by Jadeja after adding 10 from 18.

Rahul Tewatia joined Miller when GT were struggling at 48 for four, but his stay was short lived as well, contributing 6 for 14 before Bravo sent him on his way. Enter Rashid Khan. The Aghan was standing in for his captain Hardik Pandya today, and did he stand up and deliver.

David Miller rescues Gujarat Titans after they were 48-4

The two put on a partnership of 70 runs off 37 balls that took the game away from CSK. Miller kept the scoreboard moving almost single-handedly, until Rashid joined the party. He hit three sixes and a four off Chris Jordan in the 18th over, and 25 runs came off those six balls. At the end of it, GT were favourites to win with 25 needed off 12.

Dwayne Bravo tried his best to salvage the situation, and picked up the wickets of Rashid and Alzarri Joseph in successive balls off the penultimate over, but it left Miller on strike for the last over with 14 runs needed. He hit a six and a four, and scrambled for two runs off the second last ball to take his side home.

Twitter was overflowing with praise for the South African’s tremendous innings.

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