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Zaheer Khan enters elite club, Delhi Daredevils captain takes 100 wickets in IPL

Zaheer Khan, former India pacer, entered a special club in the Indian Premier League as he picked up his 100th wicket in a match between Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant

ipl 2017 Updated: May 12, 2017 23:28 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Zaheer Khan (R) celebrates with teammate wicketkeeper Rishab Pant (L) after the dismissal of Rising Pune Supergiant batsman Ajinkya Rahane in an 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match.
Zaheer Khan (R) celebrates with teammate wicketkeeper Rishab Pant (L) after the dismissal of Rising Pune Supergiant batsman Ajinkya Rahane in an 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) match.(AFP)

Zaheer Khan showed that he is still one of India’s best left-arm pace bowlers as he picked up his 100th wicket in the Indian Premier League during the clash between Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday. (DD vs RPS: T20 MATCH BLOG)

The Delhi Daredevils skipper brought up his landmark by striking in the first ball of the Rising Pune Supergiant’s innings after his team had notched up 168/8. He removed Ajinkya Rahane for a golden duck with a delivery that nipped back off a good length to breach Rahane’s defences and uproot middle stump. (DD vs RPS: T20 MATCH SCORECARD)

Rahane’s wicket was Zaheer’s first wicket after five games, having last taken a wicket in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens when he removed Gautam Gambhir for 14.

Zaheer became the ninth player in the history of the IPL to pick up 100 wickets and he achieved it in his 99th IPL game. He is the seventh Indian overall to pick up 100 wickets, with Amit Mishra leading the pack for Indian bowlers with 134 wickets in 125 games. Overall, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga leads the wickets tally in IPL with 152 wickets in 107 games.

Delhi Daredevils are out of the play-off race and Zaheer has the chance to end IPL 2017 on a high when he plays his 100th game in the final league game of the tournament against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 14.

Jaydev Unadkat enters 50-wicket club

Jaydev Unadkat continued his magnificent form as he picked up his 50th wicket against Delhi Daredevils.

Unadkat, who had opened the attack, struck with the first ball of his second over as he removed Shreyas Iyer for 3 as the batsman edged a short ball outside off to MS Dhoni to reduce Delhi Daredevils to 9/2. This made Unadkat the 41st player to reach 50 wickets in IPL and the 27th Indian overall to achieve this feat.