Kings XI Punjab Beat Delhi Daredevils By Six Wickets. IPL 2018: KXIP vs DD: Gautam Gambhir’s fifty took Delhi Daredevils to 166/7 in their quota of 20 overs.
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 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.
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Karun Nair, who has had a mixed season, 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
Kings XI Punjab: 167/4 Run Rate: 8.86 Overs: 18.5/20
Delhi Daredevils: 166/7 Run Rate: 8.30 Overs: 20/20