4.3 did he misjudge that? He did, but he still took the catch at short fine leg. Plunkett has his maiden IPL wicket. An offcutter around off, Rahul tries to scoop the ball over short fine leg, but the ball hits the top third of the bat, more towards the splice. The ball carries low to Avesh at short fine leg, he dives in front and takes a good, low catch. 42/2
    1.3 another one that hurries the batsman! This is a batsman brought up in Victoria. A 148.7kph short delivery outside off, Finch this time, looks for the pull through midwicket, but he is too late on the shot. Takes the splice of the bat and lobs to cover. Clearly, harried for pace and Avesh strikes. Some pace and bounce in this surface. 6/1
    7.3 gone through! 146 kph, Agarwal beaten for pace. A good length delivery, Agarwal anticipates another cutter, but it's quick. He tries a short-arm jab, but the ball isn't even short enough to play that stroke. He is far too late on the shot, the ball clips the thigh pad and then uproots off stump! A timely strike for Daredevils. 60/3
    16.1 a slower delivery on middle and leg, and Nair picks out long-on! And it's taken! Juust. Plunkett is having a terrific debut. Nair looked to whip that slower cutter through midwicket but got that too straight. Iyer runs across from his right and pouches the catch after juggling. 116/5
    12.4 out to the pull, out to the pace! Yuvraj's struggle is over. This is a skiddy length ball angling way, Yuvraj had already decided he'll fetch the pull from outside off. The length wasn't quite there and so he gets an under-edge that is gleefully accepted by Pant. 85/4
    17.3 Miller finds Plunkett! And Kings XI are struggling now. It's yet another cutter outside off. Miller brings out all his power and brute force to smash a lofted drive over cover. But that fielder has been pushed back because Miller is very good with that shot. Plunkett gets low and takes an excellent catch. 127/6
    19.1 taken. Ashwin picks out backward point. Another wide yorker, Ashwin gets underneath the length but all he successfully does is chip a slice to the fielder. A comfortable reverse-cupped catch. 140/7
    19.6 132 kph, Tye chops on! Wow, that was a struggle from Tye, 3 off 9. Full and wide, Tye unwinds and swings, but all he manages is a thick inside edge which hits middle and leg stump. 143/8
    not out
    14 (b 1, lb 8, w 5)
    143/8 (20 Overs, RR: 7.15)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Aaron Finch, 1.3 ov), 2-42 (KL Rahul, 4.3 ov), 3-60 (Mayank Agarwal, 7.3 ov), 4-85 (Yuvraj Singh, 12.4 ov), 5-116 (Karun Nair, 16.1 ov), 6-127 (David Miller, 17.3 ov), 7-140 (Ravichandran Ashwin, 19.1 ov), 8-143 (Andrew Tye, 19.6 ov)
    TA Boult302127.0093010
    Avesh Khan403629.0095100
    LE Plunkett401734.25121010
    DT Christian301715.6682000
    A Mishra403308.2571120
    GJ Maxwell10404.0020000
    R Tewatia10606.0010000
    2.3 knocked him over! Played one shot too many. Shaped to pull but the length wasn't there for the stroke, beat the inside edge and crashed into the off stump. Completely missed the line, made matters tougher by trying to play across the line. He's given them a good start though. 25/1
    5.3 gets a leading edge straight to mid-off. Gambhir was woefully out of form, was failing to hit anything off the middle and has now paid the price. Looked to hop across and work to the leg side but closed the bat face too early. Are Kings XI fighting back? 42/3
    4.5 this went really, really high in the air. Maxwell has ended up mistiming this pull and Tye takes a superbly judged catch at deep square leg. Looked to fetch it from outside off, this was an effort delivery from Rajpoot. Maxwell got this high on the bat. 41/2
    19.6 taken at long-off and Kings XI win by four runs. Gambhir has his head in his hands. Iyer looks up. A flatter trajectory delivery outside off is chipped away to long-off. Finch takes the reverse-cupped catch and Kings XI begin their celebrations. 139/8
    8.1 Mujeeb strikes first ball! Kings XI continue to fight. His first ball is a flick out of the front of the hand, it pitches outside off and spins back in with the angle and the direction of release. It finds a massive gap between bat and pad and knocks into off stump. Daredevils are in some trouble. 61/4
    11.6 too straight and worked into the gap at midwicket. The throw back to Ashwin is good, he takes the bails off in a hurry and he thinks he has Christian. And he does. Christian is short of his crease. Sensational work from Agarwal at long-on. First, to run to his right and pick up with one hand, then releasing so quickly. And then, throwing the ball well despite being off balance. Ashwin does the easier job of taking the bails off, but he did that very quickly too. 76/5
    17.6 edged and gone. A slower ball from Tye, the knuckle ball outside off. Tewatia slogs but all he manages is a thick leading edge, which is easily taken by Rahul. A timely strike because it also gets a new batsman in. 123/6
    18.2 a golden duck for Plunkett. A slower delivery down leg from Sran. Excellent variation, because Plunkett meets the ball much earlier than he intended. As a result, a whip intended for midwicket goes aerially to deep square leg, where Nair takes a comfortable catch. 124/7
    not out
    9 (lb 2, w 7)
    139/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.95)
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Prithvi Shaw, 2.3 ov), 2-41 (Glenn Maxwell, 4.5 ov), 3-42 (Gautam Gambhir, 5.3 ov), 4-61 (Rishabh Pant, 8.1 ov), 5-76 (Daniel Christian, 11.6 ov), 6-123 (Rahul Tewatia, 17.6 ov), 7-124 (Liam Plunkett, 18.2 ov), 8-139 (Shreyas Iyer, 19.6 ov)
    AS Rajpoot402325.75154020
    BB Sran4045111.2554130
    AJ Tye402526.25110120
    R Ashwin401904.7581000
    Mujeeb Ur Rahman402526.25122100

Match Details


Delhi Daredevils , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20

Match days

23 April 2018 - night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire


Kings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Daredevils 0

Match Notes

Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

1st25G GambhirPP Shaw
2nd16G GambhirGJ Maxwell
3rd1G GambhirSS Iyer
4th19SS IyerRR Pant
5th15DT ChristianSS Iyer
6th47R TewatiaSS Iyer
7th1LE PlunkettSS Iyer
8th15A MishraSS Iyer