Having set a modest target of 168, Gautam Gambhir‘s men were unable to taste victory as KL Rahul smashed the fasted IPL fifty off just 14 balls. Daredevil’s star pacer Trent Boult ended up with figures of 1-34 as the hosts won with more than an over to spare.
Here, we take an in-depth look at the New Zealander’s performance on the day.
OVERS BOWLED: 3.5
RUNS CONCEDED: 34
ECONOMY RATE: 8.86
The Blackcaps pacer had a mixed day at the office, going at over eight runs an over as KL Rahul landed some early blows in his spell. He did manage to pick up his wicket ultimately but it was not enough as the hosts cantered home to a comfortable win. Boult was unable to find his trademark swing, making him half as effective as he was unable to lead his side back into the game.
Boult used all experience to stem the run-flow despite being taken for a few boundaries early in his spell. He kept chipping away at the batsman and got his reward with the wicket of half-centurion KL Rahul. Despite being hit for two sixes and as many boundaries, Boult had conceded only 24 runs by the time he finished his third.
The IPL has made some great international bowlers look like amateurs due to nature of the format and wickets. Sunday was one such day as Boult came directly in the line of fire of Rahul’s assault at the top of the innings. Top edges and agricultural shots against good length deliveries resulted in some serious punishment for the Kiwi ace.
VERDICT – 6/10
Despite being attacked at the start, Boult kept his cool to pull things back. Without any help from the surface, he was willing to bend his back and toil away for his side but he lacked the cutting edge that was required from Daredevils’ strike bowler. He could have done more given his pedigree but he didn’t have a lot to defend anyway.
Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Daredevils were restricted to 166-7 after some fine bowling by the home side before the hosts chased down the total with seven deliveries to spare.
Here, we look at the key talking points from an entertaining clash at Mohali.
MUJEEB UR RAHMAN CREATES HISTORY
When Afghanistan’s Mujeeb ur Rahman took the field for Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, IPL history was created. At 17 years and 11 days, the spinner became the youngest ever to play in the competition, beating the previous record held by Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Sarfraz Khan at 17 years and 177 days.
As if becoming the youngest IPL debutant wasn’t enough, Mujeeb proved why he is so highly rated by snaring up the wicket of the dangerous Colin Munro with his third delivery.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman …. 17 yrs old …. from Afghanistan …. 2-28 on his #IPL2018 debut ….. Fantastic to watch ….
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 8, 2018
GAMBHIR MATCHES WARNER’S RECORD
Back at the franchise of his hometown, Gautam Gambhir started his new innings in the perfect fashion, slamming his 36th IPL half century to lead the way with the bat for Delhi Daredevils.
Despite the loss of early wickets, the left-handed looked in control as he found boundaries at regular intervals while milking the singles. He notched up his fifty in 36 balls, equalling David Warner’s IPL record of 36 half-centuries.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 8, 2018
KL RAHUL SLAMS FASTEST IPL 50
KL Rahul started the chase for Kings XI Punjab like a man possessed. After facing three quiet deliveries from fast bowler Trent Boult , Rahul burst into life with a top-edged six. Slamming two sixes and three boundaries in the first two overs of the innings, the Kings XI Punjab batsman then gave Amit Mishra a hiding to remember.
Smashing the leg-spinner for two huge sixes and three boundaries off the first five deliveries, Rahul brought up the fastest IPL fifty taking just 14 balls to reach to the mark. His innings was brought to an end in the fifth over by Boult but by that time the right-hander has caused enough damage to the Daredevils.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 8, 2018
That Yuvraj Singh’s powers are on the decline is no secret given how much of an afterthought he was during the IPL auction. On Sunday, Yuvraj had the perfect platform after Rahul’s explosive fifty had brought down the equation to almost run-a-ball.
Yuvraj started excellently, moving on to 10 off as many balls with the help of two hits to the boundary. Then, he went back into his shell and resembled the uncertain batsman India has become accustomed to for a couple of seasons.
After scoring two runs off the next nine deliveries, Yuvraj holed out to deep mid-wicket while trying to take on Rahul Tewatia in an attempt to relieve the pressure. The left-hander’s 12 runs came off 22 deliveries in Kings XI’s otherwise impressive batting showing.
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Staying true to his word, Ravichandran Ashwin brought out the newest variation in his arsenal in Kings XI Punjab’s IPL opener against the Delhi Daredevils.
The Kings XI skipper had talked about adding leg-spin to his bowling ahead of the IPL.
The India off-spinner has seen himself and Ravindra Jadeja replaced by wrist-spinners in the team’s limited-overs setup with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal establishing themselves as the preferred options.
With wrist-spinners currently the flavor in international cricket, Ashwin had indicated that he would be trying out some leg-spin in the IPL as he seeks to keep himself on top of the international game.
While bowled off-spin in the opening over for his side on Sunday, Ashwin chose to keep his leg-spinner a secret until his second of the day.
— Nachiket Acharya (@nachiket2613) April 8, 2018
Bowling outside the power-play in his second over, Ashwin bowled leg-spin that was reminiscent of Anil Kumble at his peak. The off-spinner beat Daredevils batsman Vijay Shankar all ends up with sharp turn and bounce.
He attempted that delivery three times in the over although one slid down the leg side for a wide.
The 31-year-old did not go overboard with his newest variation, using them sparingly but effectively as he ended up with excellent figures of 1-23 from his four overs to help restrict the Daredevils to 166-7 in their 20 overs.