IPL defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) tasted its first loss of the 2024 edition on Sunday as they went down to Delhi Capitals. After winning the first two matches, CSK slumped to a 20-run defeat against DC. David Warner (52 in 35 balls, with five fours and three sixes) and comeback man Prithvi Shaw (43 in 27 balls, with four boundaries and two sixes) started off well with a 93-run opening partnership. Following their dismissal, DC lost their direction for a while until Rishabh Pant (51 in 32 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes) scored some quick runs in the end to take the side to 191/5 in their 20 overs. Matheesha Pathirana (3/31) was the pick of the bowlers for CSK.

In the run-chase of 192, Khaleel Ahmed (2/21) and Mukesh Kumar (3/21) troubled the CSK batters with their line and length and at one point, CSK was 75/3 in 10.2 overs. Useful knocks came from Ajinkya Rahane (45 in 30 balls, with five fours and two sixes), Daryl Mitchell (34 in 26 balls, with a four and two sixes) and MS Dhoni (37* in 16 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), but DC secured a 20-run win, restricting the five-time champions to 171/6.

The match saw a great catch by Pathirana off Mustafizur Rahman‘s bowling. The video of the catch went viral. Post game, Pathirana re-shared several congratulatory messages on Instagram, one of which said: “This is the first time a Sri Lankan has helped a Bangladeshi”. The same post also had another user saying: “That’s why he did not celebrate the catch.”

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Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman completed 300 wickets in T20 cricket, becoming the second bowler from his country to reach the milestone.

The veteran pacer accomplished this milestone during his side Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Capitals (DC) at Visakhapatnam.

During the match, Mustafizur was expensive with the ball, giving away 47 runs in four overs at an economy rate of 11.80. But nonetheless, he got the wicket of David Warner.

In 243 T20 matches, the Bangladeshi pacer has taken 300 wickets at an average of 21.71 and at a strike rate of 17.4. His best bowling figures are 5/22. He has taken six four-wicket hauls and three five-wicket hauls in the shortest format.

His teammate for Bangladesh and star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is the fifth-highest wicket-taker in T20s, taking 482 scalps in 428 matches at an average of 21.19.

The highest wicket-taker in the shortest format of the sport is West Indies’ great Dwayne Bravo, who has taken 625 runs in 573 T20 matches at an average of 24.29, with the best bowling figures of 5/23. He has 11 four-fers and two five-wicket hauls in T20 cricket.

Mustafizur is the ‘Purple Cap’ holder for most wickets in IPL 2024 so far, taking seven in three matches at an average of 15.14, with the best bowling figures of 4/29.

With ANI inputs

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