[caption id="attachment_699497" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Ravichandran-Ashwin-AFP-1.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-699497" alt="Ravichandran Ashwin AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Ravichandran-Ashwin-AFP-1.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Ravichandran Ashwin AFP[/caption] <p></p><p style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ravichandran-ashwin/">Ravichandran Ashwin</a> in his maiden captaincy match led Punjab to victory in the opening match of the Indian T20 League 2018 against Delhi by 6 wickets. They did a decent job with the ball restricting Delhi to 166 picking up seven wickets. In the second innings <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kl-rahul/">KL Rahul </a> created history by scoring the fastest 50 of the tournament. Punjab won the match in the 19th over with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/marcus-stoinis/">Marcus Stoinis </a> hitting the winning runs.</p> <p></p>In the post match presentation Ashwin admitted that he felt the pressure during the toss. <p></p> <p></p>"There is lesser pressure now. I had a bit of nerves going in for the toss. Feeling a bit relieved now. I had some elaborate plans going in the practice games." <p></p> <p></p>Rahul completed his half century in only 14 balls with a strike rate of 340. Ashwin in his first match showcased liking for spin bowling as seven overs off the first 10 were bowled by spinners. <p></p> <p></p>"KL Rahul and the other guys helped me execute them. It doesn't matter if it's a left-arm spinner to a left-hander or a right-arm spinner for a right hander. I think it's just the perception that one has and I would like to think my best bowlers are the best bowlers and if they get hit, so be it, we will try and chase it down." <p></p> <p></p>"That's the thought process. I wanted a lot of guys to have a good hit and we batted well today." <p></p> <p></p>With the win Delhi also recorded their sixth consecutive defeat opening game of the tournament. Rahul was rewarded the Man of the Match for obvious reasons.