Player of the Match
Player of the Match
73dThe 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

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

G Gambhir
55(42) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %61%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
5 1 2 5 17 4 10 11
KL Rahul
51(16) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
1 12 10 0 12 6 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
O4
M0
R28
W2
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
MM Sharma
O4
M0
R33
W2
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Kings XI Punjab , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

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 - day/night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Kings XI Punjab 2, Delhi Daredevils 0

Commentator: Shashank Kishore

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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

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st58MA AgarwalKL Rahul
2nd6Yuvraj SinghKL Rahul
3rd33Yuvraj SinghKK Nair
4th41DA MillerKK Nair
5th29DA MillerMP Stoinis