Some Of The Best Innings By Kings XI Punjab Players In VIVO IPL History
Over 10 seasons, KXIP fans have seen some memorable and outstanding innings from their batsmen. Here’s a list of 5 innings that stood the test of time and went down in the club’s history.
David Miller 101* vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2013
This innings from David Miller would compete with any to go on a list of the greatest innings the tournament has ever seen. Set a daunting target of 191 by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, The Kings were struggling massively at 64/4 after 10 overs. David Miller had had enough, and went into blitzkrieg mode, annihilating the RCB bowlers, with an unbelievable 101* in just 38 balls to take Kings XI Punjab home with 2 overs to spare. Aided by 8 fours and 7 sixes, it was an innings of total and utter domination, the likes of which have been seen very very few times before or since. Watch it here.
Mahela Jayawardene 110 vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 2010
It might seem to odd to see Mahela Jayawardene on a list of great T20 innings, but the technically gifted Sri Lankan batsman deserves his place here by virtue of a masterclass hundred against the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2010. Marrying the traditional with the modern, it was an innings of class and technique personified, as he made a target of 201 appear comfortable. There was no slogging or wild heaves, this was pure batsmanship, his 110* coming off 59 balls to take his side home.
Virender Sehwag 122 vs Chennai Super Kings, 2014
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. With the Kings XI Punjab playing for a spot in their first ever tournament final, Virender Sehwag rolled back the years and produced a scintillating hundred at the Wankhede Stadium. After MS Dhoni put the Kings XI Punjab in to bat, Sehwag accepted the opportunity to bat first on a flat wicket with glee. Pummelling every bowler (4 of the 5 bowlers went at over 11 runs an over) to every part of the ground, Sehwag hit 12 fours and 8 sixes as the Kings put on 226. They would go on to win the game and make the final and Sehwag’s legend grew even larger. Watch it here.
Adam Gilchrist 106 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 2011
A list of Kings XI Punjab’s greatest knocks would not be complete without the King of Bludgeoning, Adam Gilchrist. In an innings that the Dharamshala crowd will never forget, Gilchrist put on 206 runs with Shaun Marsh - A t20 record partnership at the time - as he hammered his way to 106 in 55 balls with 8 fours and 9 sixes. One of those sixes travelled 122m. ONE HUNDRED TWENTY TWO. It was the longest six at the time as well. His unbelievable hitting helped Kings to 232 runs, and ultimately a 111 run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shaun Marsh later said it was a privilege to watch Gilchrist bat. We completely agree, Shaun.
Paul Valthaty 120* vs Chennai Super Kings, 2011
Paul Valthaty has a total of 505 runs in this tournament, and almost 25% of those came in one incredible innings against the Chennai Super Kings in 2011. A surprise promotion to the opening slot, Valthaty began a chase of 189 in earnest. He started powerfully, then consolidated after the losses of Gilchrist and Marsh, before picking up the pace again towards the end to take the Kings XI Punjab over the line. Using his timing and picking the gaps perfectly, he hit an astonishing 19 fours and 2 sixes in an innings no one could have seen coming, maybe not Valthaty himself. His 120 is the 2nd highest score in Kings’ history.
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