Christian Departs, Kings XI on Top

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A heavily-rejigged Daredevils produced a much-improved bowling performance to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 143 for eight but the visitors staged a strong comeback to stop Delhi at 139 for eight.

Liam Plunkett - 8: (0 off 1, 3-17 from 4 overs) Superb debut.

Delhi was expected to do well this season as they had big players like Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Maxwell with the experience of Gautam Gambhir. But Plunkett, playing his first game of this IPL season, surprised Rahul with his slow off-cutter and then left the incoming batsmen wondering about his variations.

Delhi Daredevils made five changes for their contest against Kings XI Punjab but to their dismay, the replacements couldn't alter their fortunes as Gautam Gambhir's men stuttered to their fifth loss in six Indian Premier League 2018 contests.

Shreyas Iyer - 8: (57 off 45) Delighted to hold on to catch from Karun Nair after a juggle.

When play resumed an hour-and-a-half later, Kings XI required 29 from 28 balls and Gayle wasted no time in lifting the first delivery straight back overhead to bring up his half-century from 24 balls.

For the last over, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had given the ball to 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Afghanistan with Delhi needing 17 for victory.

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Plunkett struck in his first over, having the irrepressible Rahul caught by a diving Avesh Khan at short fine leg.

Shreyas Iyer was the batsman of the match as he kept the Daredevils hopes alive till the very last over.

But, while going for one too many, the youngster lost his wicket to pacer Ankit Rajpoot, who bowled with fire to return figures of 2/23 in four overs.

Flattered to deceive. Prithvi Shaw, the Under-19 World Cup winning captain, helped Daredevils race away at the start of the second innings by finding the fence regularly, including three fours off a Barinder Sran over.

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 bowler of the match was the debutant Liam Plunkett who picked up three wickets at an economy rate of just 4.25. "Good part is that our bowling was really good today but our batsmen couldn't complete the job". He bowled an uninterrupted four-over spell with the new ball and returned 2 for 23 with 15 dots to make light work of Daredevils' top order. They wanted to attack upfront in the first six and it actually fell into our hands because it wasn't such a wicket where you can come and take off and lay your hands on it. I thought AJ (Tye) was the best bowler on the day.

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