Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets, Match 2, IPL 2018

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Kings XI Punjab started their campaign on a resounding note defeating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets

Opener KL Rahul blasted his way to a fastest ever half-century in Indian Premier League as a new-look Kings XI Punjab started their campaign on a resounding note defeating Delhi Daredevils by six wickets, here on Sunday.

Ravichandran Ashwin marshalled his resources admirably restricting Daredevils to a mediocre 166 for 7 on a placid track.

The KXIP captain himself bowled a few leg breaks during his disciplined effort of 1 for 23 in 4 overs. The surprise package was Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb-r Rahman, who finished with 2 for 28 in 4 overs.

Courtesy Rahul, who smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his 16-ball-51, the match as a contest was over within the Powerplay as KXIP raced away to 73 for 2 in six overs. Karun Nair then helped himself to a 33-ball-50 as the home team reached the target in 18.5 overs. Only Yuvraj Singh’s 12 off 22 balls stuck out like a sore thumb as he once again looked a pale shadow of his old self. The star of the match certainly was Rahul, who started with a top-edged six and a couple of boundaries off Trent Boult.

He also smacked Mohammed Shami over fine-leg for a six in the next over. By the time Amit Mishra was introduced in the third over, he was in a murderous mood.

He hit Mishra for three fours and two sixes as the 24 runs in that over brought up the fastest ever 50 in 11 editions of IPL.

Earlier, Gambhir’s 42-ball 55 helped Delhi Daredevils post a decent total of 166. Gambhir’s knock was studded with five boundaries and a six and he fell run out in he 15th over dealing a blow to Delhi’s hopes of achieving a big total.

Delhi were restricted by a fine bowling display by Punjab, with 17-year-old spinner Rahman making his IPL debut. Since the youngster was bowling finger spinners, it allowed Ashwin to bowl some leg-breaks, which he has been trying in order to remain in contention alongside Yuzevndra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav for a place in the Indian limited overs side

Asked to bat first, Delhi got off to a cautious start after losing their opener Colin Munro (4) in the third over, as he missed a switch hit and Rahman trapped him leg before.

Despite losing his opening partner Munro, Gambhir batted well and repatedly hit left-arm spinner Axar Patel inside out.

Asked to bat first, Delhi got off to a cautious start after losing their opener Colin Munro (4) in the third over, as he missed a switch hit and Rahman trapped him leg before.

Despite losing his opening partner Munro, Gambhir batted well and repatedly hit left-arm spinner Axar Patel inside out.

However, as and when Gambhir tried to up the ante, he kept losing partners at the other end, with Shreyas Iyer (11) being caught behind of Axar. Vijay Shankar (13) too failed to impress giving medium pacer Mohit Sharma the first of his two wickets.

At 77 for 3 in the 10th over, Rishabh Pant (28) raised hopes for DD and looked to bat with ease along side Gambhir. However, he too departed in the 11th over of the innings having scored a quickfire 13-ball 28.

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