backs away and carves this over extra cover. Those are the winning runs. Kings XI open their campaign with an emphatic win.
Meanwhile at Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl against RCB. Dive in right here.
For years, I've been branded a Test cricketer. It's good for me to be up there, creating history and breaking records. Hope to continue this way."
Man of the Match KL Rahul on changing perceptions
7.25pm R Ashwin starts his captaincy career on a high. This has been a walk in the park for Kings XI Punjab. The only passage where they struggled was when Yuvraj failed to connect, but they were able to ride that passage as it came on the back of KL Rahul's half-century, the fastest in IPL history. Yes, you may argue they could've looked to finish this off much earlier to boost their net run rate, but this is just the first game and they'll gleefully take those two points now. Amid the cheers for Rahul's fifty, may it not be forgotten that Mujeeb Zadran had a stellar debut to pick three wickets and restrict them.
Delhi captain Gautam 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.
"The start Rahul got blew them away," says Karun Nair , who also started his tournament in sparkling fashion. "The crowd turnout to set up the opening game was amazing. Hope to see more of this.
smashed back. Sitting up for him to belt and he did just that. No chance for long off even though the ball was just a few yards away. Packs a punch when he belts them
full and straight outside off, Miller looking to make room and carve it behind point but has to reach out as he drives to sweeper cover.
drills this slower ball down to long on
belts this full toss on middle to deep square leg
yorker length on middle, squeezed to long on. No-ball because Delhi had only three fielders inside the ring. Time for a free hit
drags this pull from outside off towards deep square leg
whips this length ball on middle to deep midwicket
works this length ball on middle and leg to deep square leg
lofted but on the bounce to long on. Stoinis grimaces because he didn't get any power behind that
looks to work this square of the wicket, but is beaten by delivery that comes back in to hit him on the pad
swung and a miss. This cut back in, kept low and just missed the stumps by a whisker
dabbed past the slip fielder, Iyer comes around from deep point to cut that off
backs away and lofts this cleanly into the gap at deep cover. Used the width superbly. Poor from Tewatia, too short.
fired down leg as he sees the batsman looking to play a reverse sweep, misses.
plays a delicate dab to short third man for a quick single
Asif Akbar: "Punjab should have focused on getting good +NRR with this match, they won't have such starts throughout the season."
steps out and whips this from outside off towards deep midwicket
gets outside the line of the stumps and paddles this down to fine leg
right into the blockhole, squeezed to long on
drilled back down the ground, long-off comes around to cut that off. Shows the full face of the bat to hit this back, wow it just flew off the blade.
|Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh|
|Toss||Kings XI Punjab, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50- 19.20|
|Match days||08 April 2018 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Kings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Daredevils 0|