For the very fast time, we have vibed the essence of Ashwin’s captainship in the jersey of Punjab franchise. We must say, he came out well as he began their sojourn with a clinical six-wicket win over Gautam Gambhir’s Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. KXIP’s debutants have been magnificent to watch whether be it Mujeeb Ur Rahman, KL Rahul, Karun Nair or R Ashwin all playing their parts in the win. Among them, Rahul did become the standout performer for slamming a record 14-ball fifty that helped KXIP started off their IPL journey on winning note.

Rahul’s massive hands:

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Rahul was totally on his prime touch today. The way he initiated his batting blitz from the very start of the game it shows how determined he was on leaving a great impression to the public at large. It was simply elegant to watch him smacking the ball all over the ground. The right-hander took three balls to get into his stride, but once he did, he batted like a man possessed. He slammed Trent Boult for six and two fours in the opening over, before hitting Mohammed Shami for one hit each to and over the fence. The harshest treatment was meted out to Amit Mishra. Rahul took a liking to the leg-spinner, who bowled the third over of the innings, and slammed him for 24 runs, which included two sixes and three fours, the last of which brought up his fifty – off just 14 balls – the fastest ever in IPL history. On a subsequent event Nair, with a fifty on KXIP debut, and David Miller ensured KXIP won on a canter in the end.

The show of debutants:

There were two debutants in today’s match. One making his captaincy debut in the IPL – R Ashwin – and the other making his IPL debut – Mujeeb Ur Rahman. The spinners simply declared an off day for all the rest of the bowlers by not only picking key wickets but also restricting the run flow. Mujeeb’s variety simply turned out to be a riddle for the batsman. The spinner unlocked his full array of tricks and ended with impressive figures of 2 for 28. Ashwin, who opened the bowling, ensured he kept things tight, constantly played with the mind of the batsmen by mixing his orthodox off-spinners with wrist spin. The pair combined to give away 51 runs for three wickets in their eight overs.



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