Not often have we seen the team led by Dhoni be on the 6th spot in the league table in IPL, but this IPL has made us see so. Same has been the case for Delhi Daredevils, the team that never crossed the 6th spot in the past few season is now on the 3rd position in the league table. Half way into the tournament RPS desperately needed to win this to stay alive in the tournament.
Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl, he also had Usman Khawaja joining the Supergiants squad in place of du Plessis. So 2 good things for the Dhoni and Co to start off with. Soon came more joy as previous match hero of DD, Rishabh Pant fell early. Next, 5 batsmen got good starts but none could stay on the pitch and anchor the team innings. As a result, wickets fell at regular intervals and in the end Delhi Daredevils managed to put up 162 runs on the board.
Rahane came in with Khawaja to open today and the new man seems to have brought new fortunes in the team as both of them scored 50 runs in the powerplay overs. While Rahane held on from one end, important contributions were made from Dhoni and Perera to take the team through in the last over.
Here’s a list of interesting numbers and stats from this match:
Young Talent – This is the first time that a pair opening in IPL for any team is aged less than 22 years. Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are both aged below 22 years.
5 starts, none convert – 5 batsmen from Delhi Daredevils scored between 20-35 runs. This is the joint most for any team to have 5 or more players scoring more 20 runs in a 20 over the match.
Sixes Kings – T20 World Cup star Brathwaite has faced just 23 balls in this IPL and has already 7 sixes. In World T20, he faced 28 balls and hit 7 sixes. Which includes 4 off 4 in the final over of the final match.
5th fifty for Rahane – Rahane became the 3rd batsman in this IPL after Kohli and Rahane to hit 5 fifties this IPL. The joint most in this season so far.
150 for Tahir – After picking up the wicket of MS Dhoni, Imran Tahir became the first SA spinner to take 150 wickets in T20 cricket.