The season’s second fixture highlighted the biggest half century so far in IPL tournament. In the fierce faceoff between Delhi daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, Lokesh Rahul marked the fastest half century of the tournament so far. He reached 50 playing only 14 balls. In the short stretch he played, there were 6 fours and 4 sixes. Playing only until 4.5 overs, Kings batsmen hauled the chase to 64 runs. The rest of the inning was shaky, but it was again the imperative half century off Karun Nair in the middle order, that steered the chase. Nair knocked 50 off 33 runs, while David Miller and Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten at 24 and 22.
In the second IPL fixture Delhi Daredevils played a slow inning, but with a strong start. Gautam Gambhir knocked 55 runs off 42 balls playing until the 15 overs. It was the lack of partnership that did the damage in the inning. Also, Ravichandran Ashwin led the attack with ingenious spin attack. The strategy definitely emerged as a challenge for Daredevils as several players fell off cheaply. In 15 overs, when Gambhir was down, the team was at 123 for 5. While Ashwin nicked only a single wicket, Mujeeb Ur Rahman attacked sharply for two wickets. He also ran out Gambhir.
It is a strong start of the season for Kings XI Punjab. On one side it was the youngest ever player in the tournament playing the magic, on other side, it was the fastest-ever half century. Mujeeb Ur Rahman just completed 17 not even before a month but emerging as the table turner against big shots like Munro and Gambhir. In the first inning, Kings bowler played unpredictably under Ashwin. He played five bowlers in the powerplay overs, while he himself attacking with contrasting deliveries like flippers, carrom-balls, off-break and leg-breaks.
Kings Punjab played with good balance. Rahul led the chase with the starting momentum, Nair steered through the middle order, while Miller and Stoinis successfully reached the target. The team scored 167 runs for 4 wickets before completing 19 overs.
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