Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batsman Faf du Plessis and Delhi Capitals speedster Kagiso Rabada are the holders of the Orange Cap and the Purple Cap respectively after Friday in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the UAE.
These running caps are presented to the leading run scorer and wicket-taker, and keep changing hands throughout the duration of the tournament.
Former South Africa captain Du Plessis with 173 runs in three matches lead the run-scorers’s chart. He is closely followed by Kings XI Punjab KL Rahul with 153 runs and Mayank Agarwal with 115 runs.
Rabada, on the other hand, is the leading wicket-taker of this year’s IPL at the moment with five wickets under his name in three matches. CSK pacer Sam Curran (five wickets in three games) and KXIP speedster Mohammad Shami (four wickets in two games) are the next two top wicket-takers.
Meanwhile, CSK were subject of yet another dismal run chase as they succumbed to a 44-run defeat against Delhi Capitals on Thursday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Put into bat first by CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Prithvi Shaw (64 off 43 deliveries) and Dhawan (35 off 27 deliveries) gave Delhi a solid start with their opening stand of 94 runs. Skipper Iyer (26 off 22) and Rishabh Pant (37 off 25) then batted the middle overs and ensured that they post the commendable score of 175/3.
In the second innings, it was the usual brilliance from South African pacer Kagiso Rabada (3/26) which helped Delhi in successfully defending. Anrich Nortje with 2/21 also contributed to Delhi’s cause.
On Saturday, Kolkata Knight Riders will face SunRisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.