Maxi and Miller blast past 200-plus score

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Abu Dhabi on Friday, but the Kings XI Punjab proved them wrong as Glenn Maxwell and David Miller chased down the 206 required with seven balls to spare.

The Chennai Super Kings thought they had a winning total on their hands in Abu Dhabi on Friday, but the Kings XI Punjab proved them wrong as Glenn Maxwell and David Miller chased down the 206 required with seven balls to spare.

Brendon MCCullum and Dwayne SMith put on a century opening stand for Chennai, and the score of 205 for four really looked to be enough, especially when the Punjab side lost early wickets. But Maxwell's 95 and Miller's 54 not out thwarted then by six wickets.

Chennai won the toss and chose to bat first on the excellent batting track, assuming their long and powerful line up would get the runs on the board. McCullum and West Indies' Smith got right to it, and scored 123 runs in 12.4 overs.

McCullum was the first to depart, brilliantly caught in the deep by Maxwell, diving to his right. He's made 67 off 45 balls, including five huge sixes. Smith was out four overs later for 66.

This left Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni to push the score past 200, with the skipper making 26 off just 11 balls, while Raina made a slightly more sedate 24 off 19. They would have felt confident upon leaving the middle.

The chase got off to a poor start when Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were out within the first four overs, and then Akshar Patel followed soon afterwards. The 206 seemed a long way off when Miller and Maxwell came together.

They didn't start off firing on all cylinders, but soon picked up the pace and the difference between runs required and balls remaining decreased with every over. Maxwell reached his 50 off 25 balls.

He smashed his way to 95 and looked set to finish the game, but Smith had other ideas and bowled him with an excellent yorker. This left Miller to finish the job, hitting two of his three sixes in the 17th over.

Bailey was the man to get the winning runs though, striking two fours in a row to bring the game to an end with seven balls to go.

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