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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Statistical highlights of the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.

# Sunil Narine has captured 24 wickets at 11.95 runs apiece in 14 matches - the second best tally in IPL 5 behind Morne Morkel's 25 (ave. 18.12) in 16 matches.

# Narine's economy rate of 5.20 is the best in the current edition.

# 15 run-outs in IPL 5 have been effected by Delhi Daredevils - the most by a team in the current edition.

# Yusuf Pathan (40 not out off 21 balls) has equalled his highest score in IPL 5. He had posted an unbeaten 40 against Mumbai at Eden Gardens on May 12.

# Pathan's superb tally of 14 MOM awards is the highest by an Indian player in Twenty20.

# Yusuf Pathan and Chris Gayle, with 12 MOM awards each, share an IPL record.

# Shukla and Yusuf put on 56 in just four overs for the fifth wicket - Kolkata's highest stand against Delhi in the IPL.

# Brendon McCullum (12 matches) and Naman Ojha (17 matches) are the top wicket-keepers with most dismissals in the present competition - 14 each.

# Ojha and Jayawardene put on 59 for the third wicket - Delhi's highest partnership against Kolkata in the IPL, eclipsing the 46 between Jayawardene and Ross Taylor at Feroz Shah Kotla on May 7, 2012.

# Virender Sehwag (494 at an average of 35.28 in 15 matches) needs six runs to complete his 500 runs in the current edition of IPL.

# Sehwag's above tally is the fifth highest, next only to Gayle (733), Gambhir (588), Dhawan (569) and Rahane (560) in IPL 5.

# Gautam Gambhir (588 at an average of 39.20 in 16 matches) needs 12 runs to become the second batsman to complete 600 runs in IPL 5.

# Gambhir and McCullum have amassed 533 runs in partnerships for the opening wicket at an average of 53.30 in ten innings in IPL 5. Their tally includes a century partnership and four scores between 50-99.

# Kolkata Knight Riders' 18-run victory is their fifth in nine games played against Delhi Daredevils in the IPL - winning % 55.55 (Lost 4).

# Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the finals in the IPL for the first time in five seasons.

# Mahela Jayawardene (40 off 33 balls) top-scored for Delhi Daredevils.

# Gambhir (32 off 16 balls) took his overall runs' tally in IPL to 2063 (33.81) in 71 matches, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 2036 at an average of 38.41 in 63 games.

Only Suresh Raina has amassed more runs than Gambhir - 2154 at an average of 33.65 in 78 games in IPL

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