Rahul hits fastest IPL half-century in Kings XI win

Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils IPL 2018 Match 2 Preview Both teams hope to kick start new era with a win

Ravichandran Ashwin and Gautam Gambhir will be rearing to have a go at each other on Sunday

Kings XI Punjab started off their IPL campaign in style as they registered a comfortable 6-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils in Mohali yesterday.

Earlier, after being put in to bay by Ravichandran Ashwin, DD got off to a solid start with Captain Gautam Gambhir leading the charge with a well-compiled half century. Overall, Kings XI leads the head-to-head numbers, having won 11 to Daredevils' 10, and also have 80 percent success rate against their North Indian counterparts in Mohali. Rahul raced his way to a 14-ball half century, fastest in IPL history.

Mohammed Shami also came in for some treatment and Rahut was raising his bat in the third over after dispatching Amit Mishra (0-46) for two sixes and three fours.

The former India opener took a liking to Axar Patel, smashing the spinner for a huge six over mid-off and hitting 14 off just three balls of the fourth over.

Rahul smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his 16-ball-51, the contest was all but over at the end of the powerplay overs, which saw Punjab finish at 73/2. Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Dan Christian and Chris Morris are the probable ones at middle order. David Miller held one end nearly scoring run a ball 24 with only one boundary.

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The Punjab team surely looks like a cracker with blasters like Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle being in the side amongst other biggies like Aaron Finch, K L Rahul and David Miller.

Mohit Sharma and Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two wickets each. "Me and AB getting out in two balls to a part-timer was game-changing as well". This season, KXIP look a balanced side with Ashwin set for his maiden stint as captain of an IPL team.

Delhi Daredevils will play under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, who had come back to the team after 7 years.

As far as replacements go, both teams have done well, with Hyderabad replacing Warner with England opener Alex Hales, while Rajasthan signed Proteas wicketkeeper Heinrich Klaasen in place of Smith. "I want to play in all the formats", Hooda said. "We've got a lot of superstars, a lot of match-winners, which makes our team extremely risky, which should be good for future", said Hodge, prior to their opening encounter against Delhi Daredevils.

"Rahul has been working extremely hard and he is excited about this competition", Hodge said.

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