IPL 2018: KL Rahul blasts fastest fifty in Indian Premier League history


New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab began off their IPL campaign in fashion as they registered a comfy 6-wicket win towards Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. After being set a goal of 167, KL Rahul bought Punjab to a blistering start as he smashed fastest fifty in IPL history, in simply 14 balls. When Rahul wasbatting Punjab was cruising at 52/0 in three overs, with the different opener—Mayank Agarwal batting at 2. The right-hander subsequently bought out at fifty one after hitting six fours and four sixes.

But after Rahul’s departure, Punjab lost its way somewhat, as they lost one greater wicket quickly, and their run-rate dropped drastically. Yuvraj Singh, who came in at no. 3, couldn’t truly produce the preferred performance as he ought to solely score 12 runs from 22 balls.
After Yuvraj’s departure, Karun Nair (50) and David Miller (24) did the damage manipulate and took the crew to a secure position. Nair started slowly, however picked up his scoring charge once he bought his eye in. The in shape was once completed well with the aid of Marcus Stoinis who smacked 22 runs from 15 balls.

It used to be a disappointing show by means of Delhi bowlers, as they could not manipulate the waft of boundaries in the innings. Mohamed Shami gave away 26 runs from his two overs, while Amit Mishra leaked forty six runs in his four overs. Though Dan Christian and Rahul Tewatia bowled properly but that didn’t show enough.

Earlier in the day, after choosing to bowl first, Kings XI Punjab did properly to preclude Delhi to simply 166 runs in their allotted 20 overs. It used to bedue to skipper Gautam Gambhir’s 42-ball 55, that Delhi ought to post that kind of total. Gambhir’s innings involved 5 fours and one six, however the group may want to no longer continue the momentum he gave them. After his departure, there were quick-fire innings from the bat of Rishabh Pant (28) and Chris Morris (27), but that was once by no means going to be enough, seeing the sturdy batting line-up of Punjab.

It would be honest to say Delhi may want to have managed a better total, if not for an unpredictable batting order. Delhi sent in Vijay Shankar earlier than the hard-hitting Pant, and an unknown Rahul Tewatia earlier than all-rounder Chris Morris.

One of the troubles that got here to the fore for Delhi was that they couldn’t string massive partnerships in the center of the innings, and kept losing wickets at everyday intervals. Their absolute best partnership of the day got here between Gambhir and Shreyas Iyer, who stitched 42 runs together.

As a long way as Punjab’s bowling is concerned, the in shape marked a dream debut for Afghanistan youngster Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The 17-year-old, who grew to become the youngest cricketer ever to play in the IPL, again with figures of 2/28 in his 4 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin, in his first fit as skipper did properly and bagged one wicket conceding 23 runs only. The lanky spinner bowled some of his leg-spinners too, that had been a challenging to pick out for the batsmen. He quite managed to put brakes on the scoring rate, after pacer Andrew Tye and Axar Patel gave 38 and 35 runs, respectively.

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