The 15th match of IPL 2021 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings ended up as an entertaining high-scoring thriller. It had all the elements that one would ask for in a T20 match. After winning the toss, KKR invited CSK to bat and the opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis laid a solid foundation for CSK with 115-run partnership. CSK ended up posting a mammoth total of 220 runs on the board.
Chasing the humongous total, KKR at one stage were reeling at 31/5 and looked like they would lose heavily but Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik and Pat Cummins played valiant cameos and gave some fight to CSK. However, with little contribution from the top-order, KKR ultimately fell short by a slender margin of 18 runs.
Let us have a look at some of the interesting numbers from this game:
30 - Pat Cummins smashed 30 runs off the 16th over, bowled by Sam Curran.
Most runs in an over in IPL
C.Gayle - 36 vs KTK in 2011
S.Raina - 32 vs PBKS in 2014
V.Sehwag - 30 vs Deccan in 2008
S.Marsh - 30 vs RCB in 2011
C.Gayle - 30 vs PWI in 2012
V.Kohli - 30 vs GL in 2016
R.Tewatia - 30 vs PBKS in 2020
P.Cummins - 30 vs CSK in 2021*
95 - Faf du Plessis' 95* is the joint-highest score for a CSK batsman against KKR in IPL.
Highest score by a CSK batsman vs KKR in IPL
Faf du Plessis - 95* in Mumbai, 2021
Michael Hussey - 95 in Chennai, 2013
Suresh Raina - 78* in Chennai, 2010
Suresh Raina - 73 in Chennai, 2012
Ruturaj Gaikwad - 72 in Dubai, 2020
150 - MS Dhoni has completed 150 dismissals as wicket-keeper in IPL.
Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in IPL
MS Dhoni - 151*
Dinesh Karthik - 143
Robbie Uthappa - 90
6 - Faf du Plessis became only the 6th SA player to complete 6000 runs in T20s.
SA players with 6000+ runs in T20s
AB de Villiers
Quinton de Kock
Faf du Plessis*
8 - Pat Cummins recorded the highest score ever in IPL while batting at number 8 position.
Highest score for a player in IPL while batting at number 8
Pat Cummins - 66*(34) vs CSK, 2021
Harbhajan Singh - 64(24) vs PBKS, 2015
Chris Morris - 52*(41) vs MI, 2017
Harbhajan Singh - 45*(30) vs RPS, 2016
8 - Deepak Chahar became the 8th bowler to pick 50 wickets for CSK (IPL + CLT20).
Most wickets for CSK in T20s
Dwayne Bravo - 127
Ravichandran Ashwin - 120
Ravindra Jadeja - 98
Albie Morkel - 91
Mohit Sharma - 69
Doug Bollinger - 55
Deepak Chahar - 52*
Muttiah Muralitharan - 52
128 - Sunil Narine has picked 128 wickets for KKR in IPL and he went past Harbhajan Singh who had 127 wickets for MI.
Most wickets for a single franchise in IPL
Lasith Malinga - 170 for MI
Sunil Narine - 128 for KKR*
Harbhajan Singh - 127 for MI
Yuzvendra Chahal - 123 for RCB
Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 115 for SRH
15 - MS Dhoni has won 15 matches as captain against KKR, which is most for any player.
Most wins as captain vs KKR in IPL
MS Dhoni - 15*
Rohit Sharma - 14
Virat Kohli - 9
Sachin Tendulkar - 6