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April 20 2018, 12:27 | Irvin Gilbert
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Gambir scored 55, Rishab pant chipped in a handy 28, while Morris made 27 of 16. A controlled innings which ensured, DD didn't succumb to the genius of Afghanistan sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman who picked two wickets along with Mohit Sharma.
The former India opener took a liking to Axar Patel, smashing the spinner for a huge six over mid-off and hitting 14 off just three balls of the fourth over. It was coming on to the bat easily.
Rahul was in a complete destructive mood as he smashed six boundaries and four sixes in his knock that unsettled the DD bowlers initially. There were also cameos from Rishabh Pant and Chris Morris. Rahul Tewatia joined Gambhir and reverse swept Mujeeb for four on the very first ball. Gambhir's 4132 runs is the most by anyone in IPL without a hundred.
Maintaining a steady scoring rate, Delhi was at 77-2 after the end of 10 overs.
Delhi Daredevils was off to a jittery start with openers failing to capitalise on the field restrictions. The highlight of his innings was his 24-run carnage off Mishra's over.
They went into auction this year with a pretty clear mindset, unlike previous years when they used to go after one player so aggressively that they end up buying that player at such a huge price that even players were not able to justify their price tag.
Two teams that have not had the best of times in last few IPL seasons, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils, would like to start this year on a winning note. His opening partner, Mayank Agarwal, had 1 against his name.
The Preity Zinta co-owned side boasts of star players like Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, David Miller, K L Rahul, Aaron Finch not to forget the likes of Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Axar Patel and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman.
Earlier in the afternoon, Gautam Gambhir scored for the Delhi Daredevils. With the likes of Gambhir, Colin Munro, Shreyas Iyer, Jason Roy and Prithvi Shaw, the side has the ability to go for big totals.
From the Punjab bowling, Ashwin's smart thinking in the power play made all the difference. Rahul was eventually dismissed by Trent Boult, the New Zealand pacer, when a leading edge of his willow traced into the hands of Mohammed Shami, patrolling the short third-man region.
On a pitch that had a bit of green, it was the two spinners who had a good innings. Tye and Boult will be the quicks to watch out for.