IPL 2018

Rahul’s 14-ball fifty helps KXIP off to winning start

Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 166/7 (Gautam Gambhir 55, Rishabh Pant 28, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2-28) lost to Kings XI Punjab 167/4 (Lokesh Rahul 51, Karun Nair 50, Daniel Christian 1-12) by six wickets.

Kings XI Punjab began their sojourn under R Ashwin’s captaincy with a clinical six-wicket win over Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. KXIP’s debutants shone brightly for the home team, with Mujeeb Ur Rahman, KL Rahul, Karun Nair and R Ashwin all playing their parts in the win.

Toss: Kings XI Punjab, who chose to field
Venue: IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Umpires: Rod Tucker, K Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon, Nitin Pandit
Referee: Javagal Srinath
Delhi Daredevils innings
Powerplay: 45 runs, 1 wicket
Delhi Daredevils: 50 runs in 6.2 overs
G Gambhir: 50 off 36 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
Delhi Daredevils: 100 runs in 12.2 overs
Delhi Daredevils: 150 runs in 18.6 overs
Innings Break: Delhi Daredevils – 166/7 in 20 overs
Kings XI Punjab innings
Powerplay: 73 runs, 2 wickets
Kings XI Punjab: 50 runs in 2.5 overs
KL Rahul: 50 off 14 balls (6 x fours, 4 x sixes)
1st Wicket: 50 runs in 17 balls (KL Rahul 51, Mayank Agarwal 1)
Kings XI Punjab: 100 runs in 10.1 overs
Karun Nair: 50 off 31 balls (5 x fours, 2 x sixes)
Kings XI Punjab: 150 runs in 16.6 overs

Gambhir: “We got a decent total, but the first six overs took the game away from us. Credit to the bowlers to take it till the 19th over, I thought that was a tremendous effort. Once the ball got old, it was hard to clear the fence. 166 was a competitive total.”

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