The opening match for KXIP with new captain R Ashwin and new opener KL Rahul brought a sweet smile on their fans and supporters as they beat DD by six wickets in IPL 2018 Match 2 at Mohali stadium. We were expecting some blitz from Chris Gayle but it was KL Rahul who slams ipl 50 in 14 balls as Chris Gayle was not part of playing XI.
IPL 2018 Match 2 Analysis : KXIP vs DD, 2nd Match
Toss : Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opt to bowl
Man of the Match : KL Rahul
|Match||Date||DD Inns||KXIP Inns||Result||MoM|
|KXIP vs DD||Sunday, April 08, 2018||166-7 (20)||167-4 (18.5)||KXIP won by 6 wickets||KL Rahul|
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and they invited the host to bat. Power hitter Chris Gayle was not chosen in playing XI. Gautam Gambhir (55) started the inning with Colin Munro but the start was not good enough as the youngest debutante from Afghanistan in IPL Mujeeb Ur Rahman took the wicket of Munro in 3rd over. Gauti led his team from the front and made a comeback fifty for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018 Match 2 at mohali stadium and his team scored total of 166-7 in 20 overs quota.
KXIP started the chase in a fine tone as their new opener KL Rahul slams record fastest 50(14) in ipl history and given his team a spectular start before being out on 51. Karun Nair led the team in middle order to win the match by scoring a important fifty and they won the match in 19th over only.
DD Inns : Gautam Gambhir – 55(42), Rishabh Pant – 28(13), Mujeeb – 4-28-2
KXIP Inns : Lokesh Rahul – 51(16), Karun Nair – 50(33), Rahul Tewatia- 4-24-1
So this year KXIP have started their opening match on a winning note with good NRR. It will be interesting to see, how they use dynamite Chris Gayle in upcoming matches.