Chris Gayle impressed again in the IPL as he and opening partner KL Rahul powered Kings XI Punjab to a nine-wicket, DLS win over Kolkata Knight Riders. The cutters and the entire repertoire of slower balls became their main weapon on a night crucial to Daredevils' fortunes in the ongoing IPL season. Kings XI, eventually, lost four wickets in their last four overs while scoring just 27 runs.
The 38-year-old, who was written off after a poor IPL 2017 season, demolished Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) bowling attack, which is considered one of the best in the eight-team league, Thursday, April 19. His partnership with Rahul Tewatia helped bring Delhi back in the chase of the modest 144-run target, with Iyer himself showing a lot of maturity under pressure as he paced his innings according to the situation.
Batting first, after winning the toss, Punjab looked in trouble at the end of the innings with just 142 runs on the board. But Man of the Match Ankit Rajpoot put an end to that when he clean bowled him in the third over. Skipper R Ashwin threw the ball to Afghanistan offie Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the last over. Starts with a dot ball. The Kotla was packed but one of the stands, which failed to meet South Delhi Municipal Corporation norms, wore a deserted look. Their batting is in the bottom three in the Powerplay and middle overs, while their bowlers have been the most expensive among all teams in the Powerplay.
After having been omitted from the team for the first two matches, Gayle kicked off his IPL 2018 campaign in style with scores of 63, 104 and 62* against CSK, SRH and KKR so far.
The KXIP franchise struggled to accelerate after losing its top three, even as Daredevils sought to keep the pressure on the visitors. Liam Plunkett and Avesh Khan came in and took five wickets between them, but Plunkett's inclusion meant Jason Roy had to be left out, and his replacement, Prithvi Shaw, could not kick on after a brisk start. Delhi Daredevils are suddenly a little more lively.
The only match they won was against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium so far.
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He counted for two big Punjab wickets in the form of Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh.
Nearly all the other Punjab batsmen got a start but failed to convert them into a big one with Daredevils bowler's bowling good line and length.
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