- Dwayne Bravo took 3 wickets against Kolkata
- Bravo equals Malinga’s record
- Chennai lost against Kolkata in the first match
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Chennai by 6 wickets in the first match of the 15th season of the Indian Premier League played against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium. In this match, Dwayne Bravo has also reached close to one of his records in the league. Dwayne Bravo has equaled Lasith Malinga’s record of taking the most wickets in IPL after taking the wicket of Kolkata batsman Sam Billings.
Now Dwayne Bravo will have a chance to overtake Malinga in the next match to be played against Lucknow Super Giants on March 31. Dwayne Bravo took 3 wickets for 20 runs in 4 overs against Kolkata. Bravo equalized Malinga’s 170 wickets as soon as Sam Billings took the third wicket. Dwayne Bravo now has 170 wickets in 152 matches in IPL, while former Mumbai Indians fast bowler Lasith Malinga has taken 170 wickets in 122 matches.
Top 5 bowlers who took most wickets in IPL
Lasith Malinga– 122 matches, 170 wickets
dwayne bravo– 152 matches, 170 wickets
Amit Mishra– 154 matches, 166 wickets
Piyush Chawla– 165 matches, 157 wickets
Harbhajan Singh– 163 matches, 150
The West Indian all-rounder has been a part of the Indian Premier League since the first season. He has participated in the league for three teams so far. He has played in this league for Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions and Chennai Super Kings. Bravo has taken 170 wickets in 152 IPL matches at an economy of 8.33 and an average of 24, while Malinga has taken 170 wickets in better economy (7.14), average (19) and less matches (122) than Bravo.
In terms of taking the most wickets in this league, 7 Indian and 3 foreign bowlers are included in the top-10 list. After Bravo, Ravichandran Ashwin is currently number one among the active players, he is at number 6 in this list. His name is 145 in 167 matches, after Ashwin Sunil Narine (143), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (142), Yuzvendra Chahal (139), Jasprit Bumrah (130) are included in the top-10.
Chennai Super Kings had a very poor start in the 15th season, due to top order batting, the team had to face defeat by 6 wickets against Kolkata. Chennai has to play the next match against Lucknow Super Giants on 31 March at the Brabourne Stadium.