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Kings XI Punjab began off their IPL marketing campaign in type as they registered a cushty 6-wicket win in opposition to Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. After being set a goal of 167, KL Rahul bought 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 proper-hander ultimately bought out at 51 after hitting six fours and 4 sixes. However after Rahul’s departure, Punjab misplaced its means considerably, as they misplaced another wicket shortly, and their run-rate dropped drastically. Yuvraj Singh, who got here in at no. 3, couldn’t actually produce the specified efficiency as he may solely rating 12 runs from 22 balls. After Yuvraj’s departure, Karun Nair (50) and David Miller (24) did the harm management and took the crew to a protected place. Nair began slowly, however picked up his scoring price as soon as he bought his eye in. The match was completed effectively by Marcus Stoinis who smacked 22 runs from 15 balls. It was a disappointing present by Delhi bowlers, as they may not management the stream 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 effectively however that didn’t show sufficient. Earlier within the day, after selecting to bowl first, Kings XI Punjab did effectively to limit Delhi to only 166 runs of their allotted 20 overs. It was as a consequence of skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 42-ball 55, that Delhi may submit that sort of whole. Gambhir’s innings concerned 5 fours and one six, however the crew 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 will be truthful to say Delhi may have managed a greater whole, 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 course of the innings, and stored 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 effectively and bagged one wicket conceding 23 runs solely. The lanky spinner bowled a few of his leg-spinners too, that had been a tough to select 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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