Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

IPL 2018: Astrologer predicts victor of KXIP vs DD clash, check

IPL 2018: Astrologer predicts victor of KXIP vs DD clash, check

Debutant Mujeeb Ur Rahman ended up with two wickets. It was coming on to the bat easily. Nair also made merry, hitting five fours and two sixes.

Gambhir's excellent knock came to an end with a soft dismissal, the left-hander ambling through for a single and failing to make his ground as Mujeeb ran him out with a direct him from short fine leg.

Vijay Shankar didn't fare much better as he was caught by Patel at long-on off the bowling of Mohit Sharma for 13. If not for the 24-run over (conceded by Mishra), it would have been different. At the end of the powerplay, DD was at 45-1. So I just didn't want to overthink. The burly West Indian, though in the twilight of his career, should fancy his chances with Mayank Agarwal who is likely to open with him.

Gambhir's decision to play Mishra was questionable as the latter didn't look fully fit and has played very limited domestic cricket this season.

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. Both Gautam Gambhir (for the Daredevils) and R Ashwin (for KXIP) led their respective sides out on the field with a point to prove, and both emerged with their reputations enhanced. Star players like Chris Morris, Colin Munro, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer add depth to DD's batting order.

There were two other batting performances of note in the match. After taking 16 runs of the Kiwi pacer's first over, Rahul milked Mohammed Shami for 12 runs. Tye and Boult will be the quicks to watch out for. The Delhi bowlers did well to pull things back in the middle overs but failed to create pressure. We are talking about Indian Premier League 2018. Rabada was ruled out of the IPL with a lower back injury after he felt tightness and discomfort during the fourth Test against Australia in Johannesburg. Like Shahbaz Nadeem is there for eight years and Jayant (Yadav) is there for three years. "So that was my plan, to make sure the new ball goes for a lot of runs, to strike hard early", Rahul said.

If the opening game of the 2018 IPL was all about the return of Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils began their quest to improve on their middling last season with the first of the double-headers on Sunday. "That's a great record and I think you will have many more to score in this format".

However, the Delhi skipper did not get adequate support from his team mates.

The right-hander reached his fifty off just 14 deliveries, hitting four sixes and six fours.

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