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IPL 2018: 5 best moments from the 1st week

Kartik Seth
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The Orange Army is back at the top of the table.
The Orange Army is back at the top of the table

The first week of the 11th edition of IPL came to an eventful end with a massive 5 wicket win for the Sunrisers Hyderabad over Kolkata Knight Riders in their own yard. After 10 matches, the points table are led by familiar occupants Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, whereas Mumbai Indians have made another slow start to their campaign and are lying at the bottom of the table once again.

Just like all the previous season of IPL, this season also had a phenomenal first week with a string of exciting matches. If the matches so far are a sign of things to come, the next 6 weeks are going be a treat for the fans.

Between CSK's stunning victory in their return match to the IPL after 2 years and SRH's easy victory over KKR in Kolkata, the first week had a plethora of moments that will be counted among the best moments of this season. Here are 5 of the best moments from the first season of IPL.

#5 KL Rahul breaks the Shackles

What a way to start your new job.
What a way to start your new job

Before the start of this year's IPL, there was a lot of pressure on KL Rahul's shoulders. Bought by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping 11 crores, not only was Rahul supposed to act as the team's first choice wicketkeeper but also had the added load of proving his worth to his franchise. He got his first chance in KXIP's opening fixture against DD, and he did prove his worth in style with a record-breaking inning.

With the help of 6 fours and 4 sixes, Rahul raced to the fastest 50 in the history of IPL, taking only 14 balls and reaching the landmark in just the 3rd over of the innings. The highlight of his quick-fire inning was his destruction of Amit Mishra, who was smashed for 2 sixes and 3 fours in his first over.

If there were any doubts regarding Rahul's ability to play a big role in the squad, he made sure that he silenced his critics with an inning that will be remembered for a long time.

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