Ravichandran Ashwin marshalled his resources admirably, restricting Delhi to 166/7 on a placid track.
Chasing 167, Punjab didn't need to go all guns blazing as the required run rate was just over 8. With no pressure for quick runs, David Miller (24no) amd Marcus Stoinis (22no) completed the six-wicket win with seven balls to spare. Although he took some iffy decisions like bowling two overs of Axar Patel (3-35-1) in the Powerplays despite having the option of Andrew Tye (4-38-0), Ashwin (4-23-1, ER: 5.75) fared well as a bowler and proved to be the most economical of all KXIP bowlers.
The harshest treatment was meted out to Amit Mishra.
He broke the fastest fifty record by hammering Mishra for two sixes and three fours in his first over.
It may come as a shocker that T20 cricket's most fierce batsman Gayle was not a part of Kings playing XI. Nair also made merry, hitting five fours and two sixes.
And, after all these years, he was happy to shed the brand of a Test cricketer. The match witnessed some great batting from KL Rahul who was adjudged as the "Man of the Match". Numerous overseas players have joined us late.
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KL Rahul created a new record of scoring the fastest half-century in the Indian Premier League and guess who he credited after the match? It's a really good bunch that we have. I knew that once the ball gets older it is going to get harder for the batsmen batting down the order.
Delhi will look at the Gambhir-Ponting combine to make a big title push.
Earlier, DD had its comeback captain Gautam Gamhir to thank who scored an attractive 55 off 42 balls.
Delhi were restricted by a fine bowling display by Punjab, with 17-year-old spinner Rahman making his IPL debut.
Coming onto bowl in the third over of the Delhi Daredevils innings, Zadran trapped Colin Munro leg-before to open his tally in the competition.
The former India opener took a liking to Axar Patel, smashing the spinner for a huge six over mid-off and hitting 14 off just three balls of the fourth over. However, Rahul came with different plans as we whacked the DD bowlers right from the beginning and continued his rampage despite the team losing wickets from the other end.