Sunil Narine Surpasses Lasith Malinga

Sunil Narine Breaks Lasith Malinga All-Time Record in IPL

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In a thrilling encounter at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders secured a convincing 7-wicket victory over Delhi Capitals in the 47th match of the ongoing IPL 2024 T20 series on April 29.

Batting first, Delhi Capitals posted a total of 153/9, with Kuldeep Yadav top-scoring with an unbeaten 35 runs. Despite the efforts of key batsmen like Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, Delhi struggled to put up a formidable total. Varun Chakravarthy, the Tamil Nadu spinner, was the pick of the bowlers for Kolkata, claiming three crucial wickets.

Chasing a target of 154 runs, Kolkata Knight Riders put up a dominant batting display. Philip Salt led the charge with a brilliant 68 off just 33 deliveries, well supported by skipper Shreyas Iyer (33) and Venkatesh Iyer (26). Kolkata reached the target comfortably in just 16.3 overs, securing their sixth win in nine matches.

With this victory, Kolkata Knight Riders have moved up to the second position in the points table, significantly boosting their chances of making it to the playoffs. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals suffered their sixth defeat in 11 matches, dealing a blow to their playoff aspirations.

Varun Chakravarthy was awarded the Man of the Match for his exceptional bowling performance, conceding only 16 runs in his four overs and claiming three important wickets. However, the standout moment of the match came from Sunil Narine, who not only bowled economically, conceding only 24 runs in his four overs, but also took the crucial wicket of Axar Patel.

In addition to his bowling heroics, Sunil Narine achieved a significant milestone by breaking Lasith Malinga all-time record of taking the most wickets at a particular ground in IPL history. Narine now has 69 IPL wickets to his name at the Kolkata Eden Gardens cricket ground, surpassing Malinga previous record of 68 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Narine achievement is particularly noteworthy as he has also been a significant contributor with the bat this season, scoring 372 runs in nine matches. Currently, he sits at the eighth position in the list of highest run-scorers in IPL 2024. With his exceptional all-round performance, Narine has emerged as a dark horse in Kolkata Knight Riders’ quest for victory in the ongoing IPL season.