An overflowing viewers on the I.S. Bindra Stadium right here witnessed a regal efficiency by Kings XI Punjab in opposition to a hapless Delhi Daredevils right here on Sunday. Nothing labored for Daredevils, which misplaced the competition by six wickets to an opposition which performed to its energy, underlined beautifully by opener Okay. L. Rahul, who decimated the bowlers by scorching the quickest half century in Indian Premier League (IPL).
Mujeeb Zadran lived an excellent dream when he made the largest impression on this sport. It was exhausting to consider he was making his IPL debut. The 17-year-old Afghan comes throughout a assured bowler, positive of his expertise, mixing his artwork with an unpredictable ware, keen to select up the problem with the air of a veteran.
The 2 wickets that Zadran grabbed – Colin Munro along with his second ball and the rampaging Rishabh Pant along with his 14th – put the shackles on Daredevils’ plans to submit a aggressive whole. At the same time as skipper Gautam Gambhir tackled the assault judiciously the shortage of substance on the different finish was too obvious.
For Daredevils to make a match of it, a goal of 166 was all the time going to be robust given the efficiency of its assault. The bowlers had no clue to containing Rahul, who made his intentions identified straightaway and launched into a pleasant assault. He backed himself to stroke the ball, at instances adventurously, as Daredevils introduced a pitiable sight.
Put in, Daredevils did not set the tempo. The openers consumed 20 balls earlier than hitting a boundary – Gambhir off-driving Axar Patel, who conceded 17 off his first over. The primary energy play fetched Daredevils 45 with 13 dot balls and that outlined the pattern of the competition. Daredevils misplaced Pant and Gambhir when the batsmen appeared to vow extra. Pant was foxed into an early swipe by Rahman, who additionally accounted for Gambhir with a direct hit from brief fine-leg.
Zadran had dealt the very important blows and Rahul took over the job with an electrifying present. He used his attain to loft the ball with authority and performed the pull with impeccable timing. The lanky opener marked his scoring areas properly and didn’t take pleasure in sturdy play despite the fact that he hit six fours and 4 sixes. The dominant factor in Rahul’s batting was some exemplary timing and the Daredevils bowlers had no reply to his big selection of pictures. As noticed by crew mentor Virender Sehwag, he’s going to be an asset to Kings XI.
Yuvraj Singh upset his native followers however Kings XI had a stable hand in Karun Nair. David Miller and Marcus Stoinis completed the job, which was begun so properly by the energetic Rahman.