KL Rahul recorded the fastest 50 in India T20 league history © AFP
KL Rahul recorded the fastest 50 in India T20 league history © AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin in his captaincy debut led Punjab to six wicket victory against Delhi in the second match of Indian T20 League. This was also Delhi’s sixth consecutive defeat in opening matches of tournament. However, all other performances were  overshadowed by the brilliance of KL Rahul  who recorded the fastest 50 in the history of the tournament. The Delhi bowlers did well to drag the match to the 19th over defending 167 after conceding 73 off the Powerplay. Marcus Stoinis  and David Miller held their nerves wining it for Punjab. Marks out of 10 rates the individual players on their performance. Starting with the losing team.

Delhi

Players Performance Rating
Gautam Gambhir 55(22) 8/10
Rishabh Pant 28(13) 6.5/10
Chris Morris 27*(16),3-0-25-1, 1c 7.5/10
Daniel Christian 13(13), 2-0-12-1, 1c 6/10
Rahul Tewatia 9(7), 4-0-24-1 5/10
Trent Boult 3.5-0-34-1, 1c 4/10
Shreyas Iyer 11(11) 3/10
Vijay Shankar 13(13), 1c 3/10
Mohammed Shami 2-0-26-0, 2c 3/10
Amit Mishra 4-0-46-0 2/10
Colin Munro 4(6) 1/10

Delhi Team’s Average: 4.6/10

Punjab

Players Performances Rating
KL Rahul 51(16), 1c 9/10
Karun Nair 50(33) 8/10
Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-28-2, 1 r.o 7/10
Mohit Sharma 4-0-33-2 6.5/10
Marcus Stoinis 22*(19), 1-0-7-0 6/10
Ravichandran Ashwin 4-0-23-1 5/10
David Miller 24*(23) 5/10
Axar Patel 3-0-35-1, 1c 4.5/10
Yuvraj Singh 12(22) 3/10
Andrew Tye 4-0-38-0 2/10
Mayank Agarwal 7(5) 1/10

Punjab Team average: 5.6

Although, Gambhir admitted 166 was a good score but Delhi would have loved 15-20 runs more. The quick runs from Rahul and Nair helped Punjab register their first win.

Brief Scores

Delhi 166 for 7 in 20 overs (Gautam Gambhir 55, Rishabh Pant 28, Chris Morris 27*; Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-28-2, Mohit Sharma 4-0-33-2) beat Punjab 167 in 18.5 overs (KL Rahul 51, Karun Nair 50David Miller 24*; Rahul Tewatia 1 for 24) by 6 wickets.

Man of the Match: KL Rahul