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|Bowlers Hold Sway in DLF IPL 2009, Some Interesting Stats|
|Pitched By Sharad with C360 Reporter|
|Tuesday, 12 May 2009|
Did you know that this year in the DLF IPL, there have been as many as eight instances when Bowlers have captured 4 or more wickets in an innings? Did you know that the most economical bowling in an innings by a bowler was by Anil Kumble when Bangalore played their first game against the Rajasthan Royals and he picked up 5 wickets from his 3.1 overs which included a maiden and conceded just five runs?
That DLF IPL 2009 has been more bowler friendly than the last one was is undeniable. We are seeing more watchful batting, lower scores, fewer successful high score run chases and some very effective use of bowling tactics yielding results which is unusual in T20 matches.
LEADING WICKET TAKERS
After 40 matches being completed in the DLF IPL 2009, it is RP Singh of the Deccan Chargers who is the leading wicket taker with his 16 wickets from 10 games. Yusuf Abdullah (Punjab) and Lasith Malinga (Mumbai) have 14 each from 9 matches. Ashish Nehra (Delhi) and Lakshmipathy Balaji (Chennai) have 12 each from 7 and 8 matches respectively. Irfan Pathan (Punjab), Shadab Jakati (Chennai) and Ishant Sharma have 11 wickets each. In Jakati’s case, his 11 have come from only 5 T20 matches, which makes his the best figures in terms of wickets per match.
MOST EXPENSIVE AND MOST ECONOMICAL
Anil Kumble has been the most parsimonious when he conceded just 5 runs in a match. Fidel Edwards and Rohit Sharma both of the Deccan Chargers also gave away just 6 runs apiece in their most economical matches. Following them are Amit Singh (Rajasthan), Muralitharan (Chennai), Malinga, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and R Bhatia having conceded just 15 runs or less.
There have been two hat tricks so far in the DLF IPL 2009: Yuvraj Singh claimed R V Uthappa, Jacques Kallis and M V Boucher of the Bangalore team and Rohit Sharma of the Deccan Chargers claimed a hat-trick with his three victims being A Nayyar, Harbhajan Singh and J-P Duminy of Mumbai Indians.
A B de Villiers (Delhi) has held the most number of catches so far in the tournament; 10 in 9 matches. He is followed by DPMD Jayawardene (Punjab) with 8 catches. Virat Kohli (Bangalore), Herschelle Gibbs (Hyderabad) and M van Wyk (KKR) have 7 each. Van Wyk, P Chawla (Punjab) and de Villiers have each taken 3 catches each in one innings.
* Statistics updated till Match Number 40 of DLF IPL 2009.
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