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Injured Miller powers Yorkshire to victory
6:56pm Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Sport
David Miller recovered from being hit in the face to guide Yorkshire to a five-wicket victory over Sri Lankan side Uva Next in their opening Twenty20 Champions League qualifier.
Miller was unbeaten on 22, with Yorkshire on 91 for four and chasing 151, when he was hit as he attempted to pull a short ball from Umar Gul.
The Australian retired hurt for treatment but returned with Yorkshire requiring 18 from 12 balls - and he promptly struck two fours and a six from his first three deliveries.
Miller hit the winning single to finish unbeaten on 39 from 29 deliveries, while Adil Rashid was 36 not out as Yorkshire, beaten by Hampshire in August’s t20 final in Cardiff, won with three balls to spare.
Uva Next, who beat Hampshire in a warm-up game last Sunday, posted a total of 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby scoring an unbeaten 29 and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing 27.
Dilshan Munaweera and Bhanuka Rajapaksa put on 42 for the opening wicket in 5.2 overs before Moin Ashraf broke the partnership.
Munaweera was caught by Miller for 22 and Rajapaksa followed two overs later when he was bowled by Rashid.
Andrew McDonald and Chanderpaul put on 38 for the third wicket before the Australia was caught by Gary Ballance off Azeem Rafiq for 17.
Steven Patterson claimed the key wickets of Chanderpaul and Jacob Oram in successive overs as Uva Next were pegged back to 116 for five after 16 overs.
Kandamby hit two fours and a six in his 29 while Miller claimed his second catch to dismiss Chinthaka Jayasinghe for three and Sachithra Senanayake was bowled in the final over by Ryan Sidebottom.
Phil Jacques gave Yorkshire's reply some momentum with 32 from 21 balls, including three boundaries, but they lost early wickets.
Andrew Gale went for 13, Joe Root for 11 and when Ballance was bowled by Munaweera for a golden duck Yorkshire were on 66 for four.
Rashid steadied the ship, initially with Miller and then with Dan Hodgson in a 42-run partnership that was ended by Munaweera's third wicket.
Miller returned after Hodgson was stumped for 18 and wasted no time in powering Yorkshire to victory.