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2nd match (D/N), Mohali, Apr 8 2018, Indian Premier League
(18.5/20 ov)167/4
Kings XI won by 6 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
51 (16)
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• The Report by Akshay Gopalakrishnan

Rahul floors Daredevils with fastest IPL fifty

The opener's 14-ball half-century led Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket win in Mohali

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Scorecard summary
Delhi Daredevils166/7(20 overs)
Kings XI Punjab167/4(18.5 overs)
KL Rahul51 (16)
Karun Nair50 (33)

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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.

18.5
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run

backs away and carves this over extra cover. Those are the winning runs. Kings XI open their campaign with an emphatic win.

18.4
4
Boult to Stoinis, FOUR runs

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

18.3
1
Boult to Miller, 1 run

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.

18.2
1
Boult to Stoinis, 1 run

drills this slower ball down to long on

18.1
1
Boult to Miller, 1 run

belts this full toss on middle to deep square leg

18.1
2nb
Boult to Stoinis, (no ball) 1 run

yorker length on middle, squeezed to long on. No-ball because Delhi had only three fielders inside the ring. Time for a free hit

end of over 185 runs
PBKS: 157/4CRR: 8.72 RRR: 5.00
David Miller22 (21)
Marcus Stoinis15 (11)
Chris Morris 3-0-25-1
Rahul Tewatia 4-0-24-1
17.6
2
Morris to Miller, 2 runs

drags this pull from outside off towards deep square leg

17.5
1
Morris to Stoinis, 1 run

whips this length ball on middle to deep midwicket

17.4
1
Morris to Miller, 1 run

works this length ball on middle and leg to deep square leg

17.3
1
Morris to Stoinis, 1 run

lofted but on the bounce to long on. Stoinis grimaces because he didn't get any power behind that

17.2
Morris to Stoinis, no run

looks to work this square of the wicket, but is beaten by delivery that comes back in to hit him on the pad

17.1
Morris to Stoinis, no run

swung and a miss. This cut back in, kept low and just missed the stumps by a whisker

end of over 1711 runs
PBKS: 152/4CRR: 8.94 RRR: 5.00
Marcus Stoinis13 (7)
David Miller19 (19)
Rahul Tewatia 4-0-24-1
Dan Christian 2-0-12-1
16.6
3
Tewatia to Stoinis, 3 runs

dabbed past the slip fielder, Iyer comes around from deep point to cut that off

16.5
4
Tewatia to Stoinis, FOUR runs

backs away and lofts this cleanly into the gap at deep cover. Used the width superbly. Poor from Tewatia, too short.

16.4
Tewatia to Stoinis, no run

fired down leg as he sees the batsman looking to play a reverse sweep, misses.

16.3
1
Tewatia to Miller, 1 run

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."

16.2
1
Tewatia to Stoinis, 1 run

steps out and whips this from outside off towards deep midwicket

16.1
2
Tewatia to Stoinis, 2 runs

gets outside the line of the stumps and paddles this down to fine leg

end of over 169 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 141/4CRR: 8.81 RRR: 6.50
Marcus Stoinis3 (2)
David Miller18 (18)
Dan Christian 2-0-12-1
Amit Mishra 4-0-46-0
15.6
1
Christian to Stoinis, 1 run

right into the blockhole, squeezed to long on

15.5
2
Christian to Stoinis, 2 runs

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.

Best performances - batters
Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir DC
55 runs (42)
5 fours
1 six
Control62%
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
1 four
0 six
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KL Rahul portrait
KL Rahul PBKS
51 runs (16)
6 fours
4 sixes
Control73%
Productive shot
pull
16 runs
1 four
2 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Mujeeb Ur Rahman portrait
Mujeeb Ur Rahman PBKS
O
4
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
7
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Mohit Sharma portrait
MM Sharma PBKS
O
4
M
0
R
33
W
2
ECO
8.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossKings XI Punjab, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2018
Player Of The Match
KL Rahul
KL Rahul
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 days08 April 2018 - daynight (20-over match)
Umpires
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KN Ananthapadmanabhan
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Rod Tucker
TV Umpire
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Nitin Menon
Reserve Umpire
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Nitin Pandit
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsKings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Daredevils 0