Kings XI Punjab kicked off their mission of the Indian Premier League 2018 with a brawling win against Delhi Daredevils; at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, the home team emerged with a 6 wicket win chasing down 166 runs.
The Kings XI Punjab innings is powered by two half centuries – the first one from opener Lokesh Rahul and then Karun Nair also tipped off the mark, leaving 7 balls to spare from the total 20 overs to win the match.
The mere uncertainty that was hovering in the sky of Kings XI Punjab was diluted by David Miller and Marcus Stoinis, both of them were unbeaten scoring 24 and 22 runs respectively.
In the first half of the second match of this year’s IPL, Gautam Gambhir who is playing for Delhi Daredevils for the first time led the team scoring 166 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who is leading a T20 side for the first time said after the match that although he was bit nervous going for the toss, felt lesser pressure after winning the match.
Delhi Daredevils 166/7 (20 overs)
Gautam Gambhir 55, Rishabh Pant 28, Chris Morris 27
Mohit Sharma 2/33, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/28, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/23
Kings XI Punjab 167/4 (18.5 overs)
Lokesh Rahul 51, Karun Nair 50, David Miller 24*
Daniel Christian 1/12, Rahul Tewati 1/24, Chris Morris 1/25
Result: Kings XI Punjab won by 6 wickets.
Player of the match: Lokesh Rahul.
Toss: Kings XI Punjab