• In the World Cup finals against Sri Lanka, I vividly remember Sachin delaying the square-cut by allowing Nuwan Kulasekra's short-pitched delivery to go past him before making contact. Result-a well placed, well timed boundary on the left of the fielder standing at point while beating the man at third-man. To cover that particular stroke, the point fielder went a lot finer, but this time Sachin decided to play the same delivery a fraction earlier to find the gap on the right of the fielder at point, resulting in another inevitable boundary. Now Sangakarra brought the cover fielder a lot squarer to plug that gap, unfortunately though to no avail. Sachin, this time, went a bit more across towards the off-stump to play the almost identical delivery with a straight bat to maximize the gap created by moving the fielders squarer, producing, yet again, a third meticulously executed boundary.

     

    Formats changed but Sachin continued to bat in the same vein. This time he dished out similar

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  • - R Dravid and SK Warne were playing their 50th IPL game with their appearance in this game. Other cricketers  to play 50 plus IPL games are - S Badrinath {53} : SK Raina {53} : RV Uthappa {53} : AC Gilchrist {52} : V Kohli {52} : RG Sharma {52} : MS Dhoni {50} : YK Pathan {51} : Yuvraj Singh {51} : JH Kallis {50} : IK Pathan {50} and RP Singh {50}.

     

    - SK Warne became the second captain after MS Dhoni to appear in 50 plus IPL games. MS Dhoni has played 51 IPL games.  The win in this game gave SK Warne 29 victories in IPL. MS Dhoni has more wins than SK Warne - 30 wins.

     

    - SK Warne's lone wicket in this game gave him 55 wickets. He now stands second in the list of most wicket takers in IPL. RP Singh is ahead of SK Warne with 56 wickets. SK Warne became the first captain in IPL to bag 55 wickets.

     

    - Jaipur won this game which gave them the 29th win in IPL. Chennai has won more games than Jaipur in IPL. It has won 30 games.

     

    - R Dravid's IPL run aggregate at the end of his 50th IPL

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  • - AC Gilchrist's lone six in this game gave him an aggregate of 70 sixes in IPL. He became the first batsman to score 70 sixes in IPL. The following batsmen have scored 60 plus sixes in IPL -  AC Gilchrist {70} : YK Pathan {66} : SK Raina {65} : Yuvraj Singh {62} and RG Sharma {60}.

     

    - AC Gilchrist's IPL run aggregate read 1397 at the end of this game. He stands third in the list of batsmen who have scored most runs in IPL. SK Raina {1528} and SR Tendulkar {1446} occupy the first two places. AC Gilchrist went past JH Kallis who had 1377 runs on his way to the third place.

     

    - This game was the 50th IPL game for JH Kallis.  Others to play 50 or more IPL games are - S Badrinath {53} : SK Raina {53} : RV Uthappa {53} : AC Gilchrist {52} : V Kohli {52} : RG Sharma {52} : MS Dhoni {51} : YK Pathan {51} : Yuvraj Singh {51} : IK Pathan {50} and RP Singh {50}.

     

    - DJ Hussey with his 15 in this game took his T20 run aggregate to 3511. He became the second batsman in T20 games to total 3500

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