KL Rahul headlined the opening encounter for his side Kings XI Punjab against a revamped Delhi Daredevils led by local boy Gautam Gambhir. The crowd at Mohali witnessed one of the best performances from the bat of the Karnataka batsman who thrashed the Punjab bowlers all around the park. After KL Rahul’s departure, Yuvraj Singh and Karun Nayar looked to start off a formidable partnership but early departure of Yuvraj meant the Delhi Daredevils were back into it for some time until Karun Nair got going and made the chase easy for Punjab. Ravichandran Ashwin would be happy to start the campaign on a winning note in his first ever season as a captain of a franchise. Gautam Gambhir was superb for the Delhi Daredevils but couldn’t do enough to avoid a 6-wickets defeat for his side. KL Rahul with his 51-16 created the record of smashing the fastest fifty in the IPL. Karun Nair 50(33) created the platform for Punjab to go past the winning mark with 7 balls to spare. 

Highlights from PCA Stadium Mohali, match 2 between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab:

7:27 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 167/4, 18.5 overs, Miller- 24, Stoinis – 22 

That’s it! the Kings XI Punjab have won their opening match against the Delhi Daredevils at the PCA Stadium in Mohali by SIX wickets

7:22 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 157/4, 18 overs, Miller- 22, Stoinis – 15

The game has turned into a dead rubber now with the Kings XI Punjab requiring just 10 runs off the last two overs. 5 runs off the over from Chris Morris. Delhi bowlers except for the likes of Morris and Tewatia were all readable and no challenge for the Punjab batsmen who had an easy chase. 

7:17 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 152/4, 17 overs, Miller- 19, Stoinis – 13

Eleven runs off the over from Rahul Tewatia and Punjab now needs only 15 runs off the 3 overs left. Stoinis and Miller can be finishing it for the Kings XI Punjab in the next or the 19th over. This has become predictable now, not the kind of a game, DD were expected to play and a big role in taking it away from them has to be of KL Rahul’s. 

7:11 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 141/4, 16 overs, Miller- 16, Stoinis – 3

A superb shot from Stoinis to start off. Punjab needs 26 runs from 24 balls to win it from here. A run-a-ball situation and the two batsmen out on the pitch won’t mind the required rate surely.  Nine runs of the over from Christian with a wicket of Karun Nair. 

7:07 PM IST: OUT! Nair c Boult b Christian 50(33), Marcus Stoinis is the new man in 

FIFTY! for Karun Nair, 31 balls to reach his half-century, Nair celebrates his achievement for a short while as he walks back after striking it right into the hands of Trent Boult. Kings XI Punjab is still in a comfortable position to win the game. 

7:05 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 132/3, 15 overs, Nair – 44, Miller- 16

two double on the last two balls by Miller to finish the over with six runs off it. Punjab won’t mind going run-a-ball from here as they are close to now winning the opening encounter against Delhi Daredevils. The match will put to question a lot of things including, Ponting and Gambhir’s decision of sending Morris and Christian later. 

7:00 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 126/3, 14 overs, Nair – 43, Miller- 13

With 41 required of 36 now, the Kings XI Punjab are in a comfortable position of winning their season opener against the Delhi Daredevils. Rahul Tewatia with a good over for Delhi as they continue to restrict the scoring rate. Just 5 runs off the over from Tewatia. 

6:57 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 121/3, 13 overs, Nair – 41, Miller- 10

Nair is into his 40s now and is edging closer to his half-century with every passing over if he manages to cross that mark, it will be the first game of the IPL 2018 season to witness two half-centuries being scored in a single game from one side. Good over from Mishra, just 6 off it as Miller and Nair bat sensibly with the target in sight. 

6:53 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 115/3, 12 overs, Nair – 37, Miller- 8

Karu Nair now spearheading the chase for the Kings XI Punjab. The right-hand, left-hand combination of Nair and Miller can finish it off for Punjab now. 50 required from 48 here and it should be a easy chase. Daredevils were never close after KL Rahul’s flying start for Punjab. 16 runs in the last two overs. 

6:45 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 99/3, 10 overs, Nair – 28, Miller- 1

Rahul Tewatia gets his first wicket in his first over with Yuvraj Singh getting caught by Vijay Shankar. Tewatia after striking early with the bat is showcasing his skills with the ball. The young spinner has got a big fish in Yuvraj Singh and Vijay Shankar’s celebration after taking the catch was a proof. 

6:42 PM IST: OUT!  Yuvraj c Vijay Shankar b Rahul Tewatia 12(22), Miller walks in to bat

6:38 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 97/2, 9 overs, Nair – 14, Yuvraj – 11

Mohammed Shami taken on by Karun Nair, three back to back boundaries from the Karnataka batsman to earn 14 runs off the over. The Kings XI Punjab are aiming to finish it off as early as they can, capitalising on the good show by KL Rahul. 

6:35 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 83/2, 8 overs, Nair – 14, Yuvraj – 11

Just three runs off the over. A good one from Christian as he keeps Yuvraj and Karun Nair at bay. Delhi Daredevils will have to take wickets if they have to make a comeback into this one. The PCA Stadium in Mohali is still buzzing with the remarkable batting they had just witnessed. 

6:30 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 80/2, 7 overs, Nair – 12, Yuvraj – 10

Trent Boult calming things down for the Delhi Daredevils as he restricts runs with pace and accuracy. Yuvraj is into double figures now, he is also looking good and fit. Punjab can only lose this game now if they lose wickets at reguklar intervals. They are very much into it and can wrap up much before 20th over. 

6:25 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 73/2, 6 overs, Nair – 5, Yuvraj – 10

Nine runs off the over from Chris Morris. Yuvraj Singh gets a four of Morris as Punjab keeps striding towards the target. What a batting display this has been from the top order of Ashiwn’s team. After KL Rahul’s heroics, the onus is on Yuvraj to keep the boundaries coming. 

6:22 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 64/2, 5 overs, Nair – 0, Yuvraj – 6

Out!  Rahul c Shami b Boult 51(16) Nair is the new man in 

That’s an end to a sensational inning from KL Rahul, just 16 balls but six 4s and four sixes in that great T20 innings that lasted only for a few minutes. punjab despite the loss racing away towards the target.  Trent Boult gets his first wicket of the match and what time to get the man in form. 

6:17 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 63/1, 4 overs, Rahul – 51, Yuvraj – 5

Over the sixty runs mark in just 4 overs. That’s some ridiculous stuff from KL Rahul. Mayank Agarwal had also got going with a six but was caught on the next ball. Punjab does the damage as Morris draws the first blood. Sensation start to the chase for Punjab. 

6:13 PM IST: OUT! Mayank Agarwal c Shami b Chris Morris 7(5), Yuvraj is the new man to walk in 

Mistimed. Went straight down to Sahmi at mid-on as Delhi Daredevils took a sigh of relief. However, that would do nothing to stop the menace that KL Rahul is turning out to be for the Delhi Daredevils. 

6:10 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 52/0, 3 overs, Rahul – 51, Mayank – 1

What a batting display from KL Rahul here, he is no mood to spare anyone as he continues to run havoc at the Delhi Daredevils bowlers. Amit Mishra becomes his latest victim, four, six, six, four, four in the first five balls of the over from Amit Mishra. FASTEST IPL fifty by KL Rahul. Took just 14 balls to clinch the half-century. What an innings from the Karnataka batsman. 

6:07 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 28/0, 2 overs, Rahul – 27, Mayank – 1

KL Rahul is on fire her. Sensational batting from the Indian right-hander who hasn’t been in his top form recently. After Trent Boult, he thrashed Shami for a six and a four before giving away the strike to Mayank Agarwal.  Brillaint start from Punjab, 28 runs off the first two overs with Shami conceding 12 off the second. 

6:02 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab 16/0, 1 over, Rahul – 16, Mayank – 0

KL Rahul gets the first six of the match in the very first over and then smashes Boult for back to back boundaries in the last two balls. What a start from Rahul, he tackles the Kiwi pacer ruthlessly to earn 16 runs off the over. Mayank Agarwal on the other end is yet to play a ball. 

5:57 PM IST: KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, the two Karnataka teammates will open the batting for Kings XI Punjab. Trent Boult will start the proceedings for Delhi Daredevils. 

5:53 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils could have done much better here with the kind of start they had from Gambhir. No batsmen apart from Rishabh Pant (28) and Chris Morris (27) managed to cross the 20 runs mark. Mujeeb was the pick of bowlers for the Kings XI Punjab as he picked 2 wickets to create troubles for the Delhi batsmen. It is a quite competitive total but Punjab wil have to ensure they keep wickets to stay in this one. Gambhir was Delhi’s best batsman today with his 36th half century. 

5: 43 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 166/7, 20 overs, Christian -13, Morris – 27

OUT! Christian b Mohit Sharma 13(13)

Mohit Sharma cleans Christian to restrict DD on 166 Superb over from Mohit as he finishes with two wickets. Christian was trying to hit it through but failed completely. 11 runs of the over and Delhi have posted quite a competitive total here in Mohlai. 

5: 37 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 155/6, 19 overs, Christian -12, Morris – 17

Free hit for Delhi Daredevils and Daniel Christian makes full use of it with a blow out of the park. 9 runs off the over from Andrew Tye. Delhi have six balls left to make it to 180s which two of their biggest hitters on the pitch. tye has been expensive today with 38 runs from his 4 overs without a wicket. 

5:33 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 144/6, 18 overs, Christian -5, Morris – 15

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been the revelation of the day. What an outing for the young Afghan spinner, it will take some time for the batsmen to be able to read him and the way Christian and Morris have struggled is a proof, Mujeeb can be the man to turn it around for Kings XI this season. 

5:28 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 138/6, 17 overs, Christian -3, Morris – 11

Chris Morris hits Mohit Sharma for a six on the 5th ball of the over to get 11 runs off it. Delhi Daredevils can still target the 180 mark if  Christian and Morris get going. It has been a strange line up from the Delhi outfit when you have pinch hitters like Morris and Christian, you have to play them above a Tewatia. Let’s see where they go from here. 

5:24 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 127/6, 16 overs, Christian -1, Morris – 2

OUT! Rahul Tewatia lbw b Ashwin 9(7) 

Huge blow for Delhi, Tewatia was looking in a good rhythm. just four runs off the over from R Ashwin as Delhi struggling to rotate the scoreboard after losing Gambhir. Christian and Morris are the new batsmen ion and will take time to settle down before they can fire. 

5:20 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 123/5, 15 overs, Tewatia- 8 

Out! Gambhir run out (Mujeeb) 55(42)

The 16th occasion when Gambhir has been run out in the IPL. A good knock from the Delhi captain, a half-century on his return to his former side as the captain is exactly what Gambhir would have wanted. 

5:15 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 118/4, 14 overs, Tewatia- 6, Gambhir – 52

Rahul Tewatia squares off the proceedings with a solid boundary. What a shot from the youngster to get things going. 11 runs off the over with a wicket. Mujeeb is making his presence felt in Mohali. 

5:12 PM IST: OUT! Pant c Andrew Tye b Mujeeb 28(13) Rishabh Pant didn’t need to do that, irresponsible batting from the youngster. he was hitting it well but mistimed that one from Mujeeb and gave away his wicket. Mujeeb gets his second wicket of the day with Andrew Tye taking a brilliant catch. 

5:08 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 107/3, 13 overs, Pant – 24, Gambhir – 51

Rishabh Pant takes on Andrew Tye with a boundary and a six of the first two ball of the 13th over. The first shot was not a well-controlled one but Pant smashed the second one out of the park. He blasted the 5th ball from Tye one again over the ropes to take 16 runs off the over and get Delhi Daredevils over the 100 run mark. 

5:05 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 90/3, 12 overs, Pant – 8, Gambhir – 50

Ravichandran Ashwin back into the attack. Fifty for Gambhir, he equals David Warner’s record of the most number of half-centuries in the IPL with his 36th today. A brilliant return to Delhi for Gambhir, he has stepped up to the occasion and kept the scoreboard rotating for his side. 

5:00 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 84/3, 11 overs, Pant – 5, Gambhir – 47

Mohit Sharma with a successful over for the Kings XI Punjab. A wicket and just seven runs off it. Vijay Shankar played it in the air and the ball landed safely into the hands of Axar Patel with Delhi losing their 3rd wicket of the day. Sharma got his first with Rishabh Pant coming out to bat, two southpaws on the pitch for Delhi once again. 

OUT! Vijay Shankar c Axar b Mohit Sharma 13(13) Rishabh Pant is the new man in 

Delhi Daredevils have lost their third wicket. Vijay Shankar got the elevation but not the distance with Axar Patel taking a comfortable catch. The Delhi Daredevils can be in trouble if they don’t stabilize their innings. Rishabh Pant is the new batsman in. Mohit Sharma gets his first wicket of the day. 

4:45 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 77/2, 10 overs, Shankar – 13, Gambhir – 45

Marcus Stoinis back into the attack for Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils are playing the singles game well and are ensuring the strike keeps rotating. Gambhir with 45 off 31 is nearing the half-century mark. Seven runs off the over from Stoinis as Delhi continues to go steady but strong. 

4:45 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 70/2, 9 overs, Shankar – 8, Gambhir – 43

Axar Patel conceded 9 runs off the over as umpire call in for a strategic timeout. Gambhir slammed a boundary off the 5th ball of the over as Delhi garnered 9 runs. Vijay Shankar is also going run-a-ball for now as Gambhir continues his assault on the other hand. Vijay Shankar will take a bit of time before he gets going. 

4:40 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 61/2, 8 overs, Shankar – 4, Gambhir – 38

Ashwin back into the attack, there was a close run-out chance but Vijay Shankar Gambhir made it through. Ashwin tries leg spin for the first time in the match and floors Shankar with his technique. Ashwin has certainly put in a lot of efforts in his bowling. Seven runs off the over and a good over for Punjab. 

4:35 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 54/2, 7 overs, Shankar – 0, Gambhir – 36

Out! Shreyas Iyer c Rahul b Axar 11(11) Vijay Shankar walks in to bat

A beautifully timed shot from Shreyas Iyer finds the elevation and the distance. Six on the second ball of the over from Axar, but its the latter who is having the last laugh. Shreyas Iyer goes back after a sluggish 11 as Delhi lose the second wicket. A run-a-ball 11 for Iyer as he walks back into the dressing room. Surprising from Ponting and Gambhir to keep Rishabh Pant waiting. 

4:31 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 45/1, 6 overs, Shreyas – 4, Gambhir – 34

The powerplay is over with Delhi Daredevils posting 45 runs in the first six overs at the loss of Munro. gambhir is in solid touch and can make the difference for Delhi, if he can stay there until next 5-10 overs, Delhi would be in a comfortable position in the match. Shreyas Iyer on the other end looking to settle down well. 

4:26 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 39/1, 5 overs, Shreyas – 4, Gambhir – 29

Another good over from Mujeeb with a carrom ball to finish it, Shreyas Iyer looked as if he was trapped but got away fine. The review by KXIP showed it was an umpire’s call with the decision going in Delhi’s favour. Gambhir on the other end is timing it well and making it look easy against the Punjab bowlers. 

4:22 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 30/1, 4 overs, Shreyas – 3, Gambhir – 22

Gambhir taking on Axar Patel in his very first over. After getting the first boundary of the Delhi Daredevils innings, the captain times it superbly to get a six off the fourth ball. Two successive fours and six to end the over with 17 runs off it. The big over DD were looking for. Gambhir is looking bright today and is timing it well. 

4:17 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 14/1, 3 overs, Shreyas – 1, Gambhir – 7

Brilliant over from Mujeeb, right into it with a wicket in his very first over. Colin Munro lost control and fell into the trap. Shreyas Iyer was almost caught by the Afghan spinner but got away without being affected. 

4:15 pm IST: OUT! Munro lbw b Mujeeb 4(6) Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman in 

Munro was not looking in his usual good touch. After a sluggish show against Mohit Sharma, he gave away his wicket to the Afghanistan sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Munro tried to reverse sweep the ball and lost his control completely. 

4:12 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 11/0, 2 overs,  Munro – 4, Gambhir – 6

Mohit Sharma takes the ball for the second over. There was again a close chance of a dismissal on the third ball with Yuvraj Singh showing he has still got it in him. The southpaw collected the ball fast and threw it towards the stumps missing it by inches, Munro could have been on the receiving end.  Mohit Sharma with a good over for Punjab, only 4 runs conceded. Delhi Daredevils hit the double figures with the conclusion of that over. 

4:07 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils – 6/0, 1 over,  Munro – 2, Gambhir – 4

Brilliant start to the proceedings from Ashwin. Just six runs off that over from the Kings XI Punjab captain. It looked like there was a close chance with KL Rahul acing glove work from behind. The umpire went up but the decision was ruled in favour of Munro. Both the left-handers finding it difficult to play Ashwin. 

4:02 PM IST: Kings XI Punjab players are on the pitch with the on-field umpires. gautam Gambhir will be opening the batting for the Delhi Daredevils with New Zealand opener and the number T20 batsman Colin Munro who will look off to launch early in the IPL 2018. Ashwin will take the ball for Punjab. 

3:57 PM IST: Home game, his first as a captain, a litmus test for him against Gambhir who has a plethora of IPL experience under his belt. It will be interesting to see who Ponting and Gambhir send out to open their batting attack. Colin Munro can be opening with the captain. KL Rahul will be donning the gloves for the Kings XI Punjab, for Yuvraj, it will be homecoming and he would aim to make full use of it. 

3:52 PM IST: Ravichandran Ashwin’s decision to pick Mujeeb Ur Rahman ahead of Chris Gayle can backfire and can also work in his side’s favour. In a few minutes from now action will be underway at the PCA Stadium in Mohali. The North Indian derby is all set to square off. 

3:49 PM IST: Rahul Tewatia is the surprise inclusion in the Delhi Daredevils, Gambhir with him has opted for an extra batting option. He and Ponting have made their intentions clear there of the brand of cricket they are looking to play. 

3:45 PM IST: Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Gautam Gambhir(c), Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant(w), Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Trent Boult, Mohammed Shami

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

3: 35 PM IST: Ravichandran Ashwin has won the toss and has opted to bowl first, he will be heading into the game with his four foreign players Stoinis, Miller, Zadran and Tye. No Gayle for Punajb. Or was it already expected? 

Gambhir: “It’s great coming back home. Hopefully, we can turn it around. Hopefully, all of us together can. It’s just about trying to implement what we want to do on the field. We’re playing Munro, Christian, Morris and Boult.”

Ashwin: “We will be fielding first. Playing the IPL, which is one of the marquee events, and I am very happy. We have a lot of international experience. It’s a new start. A decade if IPL is gone by and the franchises are looking to build a new culture and that’s where me and Hodge come in. We’re playing Stoinis, Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Tye as our four overseas players.”

3:25 PM IST: For the Delhi Daredevils, it’s pretty obvious for Gambhir to go to Trent Boult in the absence of Kagiso Rabada who has been ruled out of the tournament after a back injury. Boult can be Gambhir’s go-to man as he was during his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Mohammad Shami will also look forward to leaving behind all the recent controversies and perform on top of his game for Gambhir.  

3:15 PM IST: Will Ashwin go with Chris Gayle to open the attack? The West Indies batsman has been highly inconsistent in the recent tournaments but his IPL experience cannot be written off. He will be the player to watch out for in the Punjab dugout if he plays. 

3:10 PM IST: SQUADS

KXIP: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.

DD: Gautam Gambhir (Captain), Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh.