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Kings XI Punjab began off their IPL marketing campaign in type as they registered a snug 6-wicket win towards Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. After being set a goal of 167, KL Rahul received Punjab to a blistering begin as he smashed quickest fifty in IPL historical past, in simply 14 balls. When Rahul was batting Punjab was cruising at 52/zero in three overs, with the opposite opener—Mayank Agarwal batting at 2. The correct-hander finally received out at 51 after hitting six fours and 4 sixes. However after Rahul’s departure, Punjab misplaced its approach considerably, as they misplaced yet one more wicket rapidly, and their run-rate dropped drastically. Yuvraj Singh, who got here in at no. 3, couldn’t actually produce the specified efficiency as he might solely rating 12 runs from 22 balls. After Yuvraj’s departure, Karun Nair (50) and David Miller (24) did the injury management and took the group to a secure place. Nair began slowly, however picked up his scoring price as soon as he received his eye in. The match was completed nicely by Marcus Stoinis who smacked 22 runs from 15 balls. It was a disappointing present by Delhi bowlers, as they may not management the move of boundaries within the innings. Mohamed Shami gave away 26 runs from his two overs, whereas Amit Mishra leaked 46 runs in his four overs. Although Dan Christian and Rahul Tewatia bowled nicely however that didn’t show sufficient. Earlier within the day, after selecting to bowl first, Kings XI Punjab did nicely to limit Delhi to only 166 runs of their allotted 20 overs. It was attributable to skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 42-ball 55, that Delhi might put up that type of complete. Gambhir’s innings concerned 5 fours and one six, however the group couldn’t proceed the momentum he gave them. After his departure, there have been quick-fire innings from the bat of Rishabh Pant (28) and Chris Morris (27), however that was by no means going to be sufficient, seeing the robust batting line-up of Punjab.  It could be truthful to say Delhi might have managed a greater complete, if not for an unpredictable batting order. Delhi despatched in Vijay Shankar earlier than the hard-hitting Pant, and an unknown Rahul Tewatia earlier than all-rounder Chris Morris. One of many issues that got here to the fore for Delhi was that they couldn’t string huge partnerships in the midst of the innings, and saved dropping wickets at common intervals. Their highest partnership of the day got here between Gambhir and Shreyas Iyer, who stitched 42 runs collectively. So far as Punjab’s bowling is worried, the match marked a dream debut for Afghanistan teen Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The 17-year-old, who grew to become the youngest cricketer ever to play within the IPL, returned with figures of two/28 in his 4 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin, in his first match as skipper did nicely and bagged one wicket conceding 23 runs solely. The lanky spinner bowled a few of his leg-spinners too, that have been a tough to choose for the batsmen. He considerably managed to place brakes on the scoring price, after pacer Andrew Tye and Axar Patel gave 38 and 35 runs, respectively.

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