Punjab beat Delhi by four runs to continue the winning run.
Batting first, Punjab posted 143 runs on the board in their quota of 20 overs. KL Rahul missed his opening partner Chris Gayle, as he fell cheaply. However, some good contribution in the middle-order ensured Punjab inch towards the 150-run mark.
Liam Plunkett was stunning for Delhi in his debut match, as he returned with three for 17 in his four overs.
Meanwhile, in return, Delhi once again suffered due to a poor start. Although Shreyash Iyer pulled things back with a well made fifty, fell short of four runs.
Rahul Tewatia also tried his best in the dying moments, but Mujeeb Ur Rahman kept his nerves in the seal to continue Punjab’s winning run. As a result, Punjab’s replace Chennai Super Kings at the top of the table with five wins from six games.
Here is the players’ ratings of the Kings XI:
Lokesh Rahul (wk): (6/10)
Rahul missed his opening partner badly, as Punjab didn’t have a very good start. However, the stylish right-handed batsman looked in great touch scoring 23 runs off 15 deliveries. However, he will be livid with himself for not converting the start.
Aaron Finch: (2/10)
Finch’s poor form with the bat continues. He was sent up the order but failed to impress with the bat.
The Australian opener needs to come good early to retain his place in the team.
Mayank Agarwal: (5.5/10)
Agarwal yet again failed to replicate his domestic form. Although he looked good with the bat, he needs to start converting the starts.
He departed scoring 21 runs off 16 deliveries including three boundaries.
Karun Nair: (7.5/10)
Karun Nair has been consistent with the bat so far in this season. His 34 runs knock ensured Punjab post a challenging total on the board.
He is keeping the middle-order rock solid, and Punjab will want him to continue his form.
Yuvraj Singh: (5/10)
The veteran all-rounder is yet to show his old form in this edition of the league. Yuvraj scored 14 runs off 17 deliveries, as Punjab struggled to score quick runs.
The southpaw needs to prove his worth if he wants to retain his spot in the team.
David Miller: (6/10)
The South African batsman struck the ball fiercely on his way to scoring 26 runs off 19 deliveries. Meanwhile, he will look to continue the gained form in the next outings.
Ravichandran Ashwin (c): (7.5/10)
Ashwin was fabulous with the ball. He contained the runs in the middle-overs, as he returned with none for 19 runs in his four overs.
The Punjab skipper is a changed cricketer since he took over the captaincy.
Andrew Tye: (8/10)
The Australian seamer was of top-notch with the ball today. Tye claimed two wickets for 25 runs in his full quota of four overs. He will be desperate to continue this form in Punjab’s upcoming fixture.
Barinder Sran: (3/10)
The left-arm seamer had an off day in business, as he went away for 45 runs in his overs. He will look to hit back to form in Punjab’s next game.
Ankit Rajpoot: (8.5/10)
Rajpoot was stunning with the new ball, as struck early to put a brake on Delhi’s top-order. He returned with an impressive figure of two for 23 in his four overs.
Meanwhile, this will give confidence to the young pacer for the upcoming games.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman: (9/10)
The Afghan spinner was once magical with the ball. He defended 17 runs in last over to hand Punjab consecutive victories. His form will keep Punjab in the business throughout the tournament.