KKR vs CSK, Match 15: MS Dhoni took a brilliant running catch to dismiss Nitish Rana to complete 150 dismissals as the wicketkeeper in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
MS Dhoni added yet another feather to his wicketkeeping cap on Match 15 of IPL 2021 (AFP Photo)
- MS Dhoni is the first wicketkeeper to complete 150 dismissals in the IPL
- Dhoni has taken 111 catches and affected 39 stumpins so far in the league
- Dhoni also hit his 1st boundary against Sunil Narine in Match 15 vs KKR
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday became the first wicketkeeper to affect 150 dismissals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Dhoni took a running catch to send back Nitish Rana off Deepak Chahar’s bowling in the 5th over of KKR’s run chase to complete 150 dismissals in the tournament. It was his 111th catch in the league and has 39 stumpings to his credit, which is also more than any other wicketkeeper in IPL.
KKR’s former skipper Dinesh Karthik is the next-best wicketkeeper on the list behind Dhoni with 112 catches and 31 stumpings.
Dhoni’s catch was not easy as he had to run a fair distance from behind the stumps towards square leg to take complete the dismissal.
Chahar bowled a slower ball which Rana looked to flick off his pads but only managed to top-edge the ball. Dhoni called for the catch and ran all the way to take it.
1ST BOUNDARY AGAINST SUNIL NARINE
Dhoni achieved another first in the same match but with the bat in hand when he hit Sunil Narine for a four off a free-hit in the 17th over of Chennai’s innings.
It was the first time in IPL history that Dhoni managed to hit a boundary against the West Indian mystery spinner, taking 65 deliveries till date to achieve the feat.
It was Dhoni’s first boundary in the 8-ball 17 cameo he played after promoting up the batting order.
Earlier in the evening, CSK managed to post the second highest total of this season as they reached 220 for 3 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first by Eoin Morgan.
The three-time champions got off to a great start thanks to the openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who added 115 runs before the latter got out for 64.
Du Plessis then took a back seat for a while as Moeen Ali (25) and MS Dhoni (17) played small cameos before launching an attack in the death overs to end up with 95 not out off 60 balls.