Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is now leading the charts of most catch dismissals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni, who took two catches during Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) inning surpassed KKR’s Dinesh Karthik. Dhoni now has 116 catches to his name in comparison to Karthik’s 115. However, Karthik will have an opportunity to leapfrog Dhoni in CSK’s inning. Dhoni took the catch of Venkatesh Iyer in the sixth over to level with Dinesh Karthik before catching Dinesh Karthik in the final over to break Karthik’s record.
Overall, Dhoni has the most number of dismissals in the IPL with 155 scalps, including 39 stumpings. The veteran is followed by Dinesh Karthik, who has 146 dismissals. Meanwhile, CSK are cruising to a win against KKR. The Men in Yellow are 101-2 at the time of writing and need just 70 runs to win of 51 balls to get their one foot into the playoffs.
Earlier, KKR managed to post a solid 171/6 in their 20 overs. KKR got off to a decent start and scored 50 runs in the first five overs. However, regular wickets derailed their chase. At one point, it looked like they will settle for a subpar score but a late blitz by Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana took them to a decent score.
CSK has emerged as the team to beat in the tournament. The Yellow Brigade till now have seven wins in nine games. The main reason for their success in the tournament has been the form of their openers, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis. While Du Plessis has scored 394 runs in the tournament at an average of 49.25, Gaikwad is following him with 362 runs at an average of 40.22.