The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) began with a promise of a scintillating contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which pitted iconic stars MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli against each other. But, thanks to a raging turner at the MA Chidambaram stadium, the match turned out to be a hunting ground for spinners as CSK romped to a seven-wicket win.
It was definitely not the kind of contest fans were hoping for, but it did the job for Chennai in attaining two crucial points. But, the two matches on 24th March had no shortage in terms of blistering knocks and towering hits. While Andre Russel's blazing 19-ball 49 powered Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the third match of the season saw Rishabh Pant going hammer and tongs in his blitzkrieg of 27-ball 78 to pave way for Delhi Capitals' 37-run triumph over Mumbai Indians (MI).
During the third match, the likes of Pant, Colin Ingram (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (43) hogged the limelight for their respective knocks, one Delhi Capitals player quietly etched his name in the history books for a unique feat.
The 25-year-old took four catches against Mumbai and became the fourth fielder to do so in the history of the IPL. In the process, he joined the elite list of cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, David Warner and Jacques Kallis who also took four catches in the IPL seasons earlier.March 24, 2019
While his teammates upped the ante in batting and bowling departments, Tewatia made his presence felt in the field by with his safe pair of hands. His catches resulted in the dismissals of Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya - all capable of taking the game away from Delhi.
Following their emphatic triumph, Delhi - tournament's perennial underachievers - romped to the No. 1 spot in the points table with two points and a stunning Net Run-Rate (NRR) of +1.850. Having defeated three-time champions Mumbai, Delhi will be eager to carry on their winning momentum when they take on mighty Chennai in their second match at the Feroz Shah Kotla on 26th March.