It felt like a match from the past decade as veterans Chris Gayle and MS Dhoni ended as the highest run scorers for their sides in match that saw Kings XI Punjab (197-7) just managing to beat Chennai Super Kings (193-5) by 4 runs.
The last time these two teams at the same venue, the Delhi Daredevils (DD) were shot out for 67 and slumped to a ten-wicket loss. With a much more experienced batting order this time, they will be looking for a better performance as they take on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for the second match of IPL 2018.
Chetan Narula previews this years IPL 2018 for Cricket World TV, taking a look at some team previews for Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad!
The fixtures for the Indian Premier League 2018 season was announced on Wednesday with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in the tournament opener on 7th April.
Kings XI Punjab is one team that has got the tag of being consistently inconsistent. Apart from reaching the finals in 2014 and the semifinals in 2008, they have had a premature exit in all other seasons of the IPL in the league stage itself. Despite having good players and potential match winners, KXIP have not been able to do justice to their ability.
A collective bowling effort from Rising Pune Supergiant saw them dismiss Kings XI Punjab for just 73 runs following which they completed the chase in 12 overs with nine wickets in hand to seal a top two finish in the group stage of Indian Premier League.
As the Indian Premier League tournament heads to final day of the league round, both Rising Pune Supergiant and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with each other at Maharashtra Cricket Association in what will be a knock-out clash leading to the play-off.
Fluent fifties from Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons went in vain as Mumbai Indians succumbed to a seven run defeat while chasing the highest total in the history of Indian Premier League against Kings XI Punjab in game 51 at Wankhede Stadium.
Kings XI Punjab continued to remain in contention for a play-off spot after they overcame a brilliant 84-run knock from Chris Lynn to defend 167 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders and win the 49th match of Indian Premier League by 14 runs in Mohali.