Mahendra Singh Dhoni achieved a personal milestone of completing fifty catches as a wicketkeeper in the Indian Premier League in Chennai Super Kings’ two-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at MA Chidambram Stadium in Chepauk on Tuesday. Dhoni is only the third keeper after Dinesh Karthik and Adam Gilchrist to have this rare distinction in the IPL.(Match Report | Scorecard | Highlights)
Chennai also became the first team to win 75 games in the IPL, out of a total 122 matches. Dhoni has led them in 119 of which he has won 74, the most by any captain in the tournament. In addition to this ‘Captain Cool’ has 27 wins in 60 Tests, 100 wins in 178 ODIs, 26 victories out of 49 in T20Is and 115 in 192 T20 matches. He recently quit Test cricket during India’s tour of Australia in December.(Gambhir Slams Batsmen)
Chennai’s win also means that they have 10-5 win-loss record in 15 IPL games against Kolkata. The two-run win margin is their narrowest against Kolkata – they had beaten KKR by two runs in Chennai on April 8, 2011.(Dhoni All Praise for Team’s Fielding)
Here are some of the other statistical highlights from the match:(‘Wanted to do Something Special With the Ball’)
# Chennai have recorded three wins by two runs or less in the IPL – their narrowest in terms of runs being by one run vs Delhi Daredevils at Chennai on April 9, 2015.
# Chennai have won nine consecutive IPL games at Chepauk between April 22, 2013 and April 28, 2015.
# Chennai have won seven successive games by batting first in the IPL at Chepauk.
# Chennai Super Kings have contested seven games in this IPL with the same team, emulating an IPL record of seven games in-a-row played by them without a change last year.
# Chennai (134 for six) wickets have recorded their lowest score in IPL 2015. They have registered their first total of less than 150 in IPL 2015. They had registered 150 for seven vs Daredevils at Chennai on April 9.
# Brad Hogg, at 44 years 81 days old, became the oldest player to appear in an IPL encounter. His last IPL game was for Rajasthan vs Kolkata at Kolkata on May 3, 2013. Pravin Tambe, at 43 years 198 was the previous oldest player when he had last played vs Bangalore at Ahmedabad on April 24, 2015.
# Gautam Gambhir is the first recognised batsman to register eleven ducks in the IPL. Gambhir has equalled an unwanted IPL record for most ducks, held by Harbhajan Singh.
# The second place is shared by Piyush Chawla, Amit Mishra and Manish Pandey – ten ducks each in the IPL.
# Four batsmen have recorded ducks in Kolkata’s innings for the first time in the IPL.
# Bravo got his second Man of the Match award in the IPL – his first was for Mumbai vs Deccan Chargers at Hyderabad in 2008.
cerdit : ndtv