Injured Miller guides Tykes to glory
A review of Tuesday's action in the Champions League Twenty20 as Yorkshire made a winning start.
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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 Champions League Twenty20 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 South African 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 won with three balls to spare.
Uva Next posted a total of 150 for seven, with Thilina Kandamby scoring an unbeaten 29 and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul contributing 27.
The Auckland Aces opened their qualifying campaign with a comfortable six-wicket victory over the Sialkot Stallions.
Kyle Mills claimed figures of two for six from his four overs as Auckland restricted the Stallions to just 130 for nine.
Shahid Yousuf top scored with 39 from 25 balls, including three sixes, but Andre Adams and Ronnie Hira also claimed two wickets apiece to put Auckland in control.
Martin Guptill led the Aces' reply with 40 and he was well supported well by Lou Vincent (20) and then Azhar Mahmood (24).
Anura Kitchen then picked up the baton, scoring an unbeaten 33 and he sealed the victory with his second six as Auckland finished on 136 for four from 17.1 overs.