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KXIP start IPL 2018 start on a winning note against Delhi Daredevils

Dehli DareDevils skipper Gautam Gambhir has a lot to ponder

Kings XI Punjab (167-4) start their campaign on a positive note as they beat Delhi Daredevils (166-7) by 6 wickets, courtesy half centuries from KL Rahul and Karun Nair.


Kings XI Punjab’s opening batsman KL Rahul made a mockery of the 167-run target set by Delhi Daredevils in the second match of IPL 2018. Rahul raced his way to a 14-ball half century, fastest in IPL history. His 51-run knock, scored at a strike rate of over 300, included 6 cracking fours and 4 towering sixes.

However, after his departure, KXIP struggled a little to maintain their tempo with Yuvraj Singh (12, SR: 54.54) failing to get on with the game. The southpaw’s misery finally came to an end when he was caught by Vijay Shankar at mid wicket off Rahul Tewatia (4-24-1).

Karun Nair then got KXIP back on track with a flowing fifty. After he was dismissed by Trent Boult (3.5-34-1), KXIP cantered to victory with David Miller (24) and Marcus Stoinis (22) stitching up a partnership.

Experienced DD bowlers Mohammad Shami (2-26-0) and Amit Mishra (4-46-0) who were seen in action after a long time, went for plenty as skipper Gautam Gambhir searched for wicket-taking options.

Earlier, after being put in to bay by Ravichandran Ashwin, DD got off to a solid start with Captain Gautam Gambhir leading the charge with a well-compiled half century. With his 55-run knock, Gambhir also equalled the record of most IPL half centuries.

However, the Delhi skipper did not get adequate support from his team mates. Colin Munro (4) and Shreyas Iyer (11) got out cheaply to some exceptional bowling by debutant Afghanistan off spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (4-28-2). Vijay Shankar (13) and Rahul Tewatia (9) too could not do much while Rishabh Pant (28, SR: 215.38) got out in an attempt to score quickly. Chris Morris (27) and Dane Christian (13) then took DD to a fighting total with some boundaries towards the end of the innings.

KXIP Captain R Ashwin did a good job of marshalling his troops considering he was leading an IPL side for the first time. Although he took some iffy decisions like bowling two overs of Axar Patel (3-35-1) in the Powerplays despite having the option of Andrew Tye (4-38-0), Ashwin (4-23-1, ER: 5.75) fared well as a bowler and proved to be the most economical of all KXIP bowlers.

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