IPL 2018: KXIP start on a winning note against Delhi Daredevils

KXIP are deadly, says Brad

Afghanistan teenager Mujeeb Ur Rahman became the youngest ever debutant in the Indian Premier League after being picked in the playing eleven of the Kings XI Punjab side for their campaign opener against Delhi Daredevils at Mohali on Sunday. Both Gautam Gambhir (for the Daredevils) and R Ashwin (for KXIP) led their respective sides out on the field with a point to prove, and both emerged with their reputations enhanced.

Presence of multiple superstars makes KXIP team a unsafe unit, says Brad Hodge: Kings XI Punjab head coach Brad Hodge feels that presence of multiple superstars makes their team a "dangerous unit" going into the 11th edition of Indian Premier League. Just as Gambhir tried to up the ante, he kept losing partners at the other end. After being set a target of 167, K.L. Rahul got Punjab to a blistering start as he smashed fastest fifty in IPL history, in just 14 balls.

Later on in the same year, Rahul became the fastest batsman to score hundreds in all three worldwide formats when he scored 110 runs against the West Indies. In his over Rahul got another six and a four.

As Rahul dug into the Delhi Daredevils bowlers, 27-year-old Agarwal did the sensible thing by rotating the strike and giving Rahul the strike as much as possible. And Miller (24) and Stoinis (22) took the team across the finishing line and KXIP won the match by 6 wickets with seven balls to spare.

However there was no stopping to the run flow after the wicket of Rahul as Karun Nair scored a quickfire 50 off 33 before getting out in the 15th over.

3;35 PM IST- For DD, there can be a little selection headache as Finch's best man, Glenn Maxwell, will also miss the match and, after Gautam Gambhir, the onus will be on Chris Morris, Colin Munro and Jason Roy to shoulder more responsibility.

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Ravichandran Ashwin, who was previously with Chennai Super Kings, will lead the new-look Kings XI Punjab.

There were two other batting performances of note in the match.

On a pitch that had a bit of green, it was the two spinners who had a good innings.

However, the Delhi skipper did not get adequate support from his team mates.

"He has been working extremely hard and he is excited about this competition", he said. Agarwal said the plan was to keep watching the ball and look to play good cricketing strokes.

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