Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) kicked off their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with a 6-wicket win against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) began their new era in the Indian Premier League (IPL) under new skipper Shreyas Iyer with a victory against the defending Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match of IPL 2022 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Talking almost how the opening game of the brand modern edition of the IPL panned out, newly-appointed KKR captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and picked to bowl first. Final season’s Orange Cap winner Ruturaj Gaikwad stowed a duck as New Zealander Devon Conway managed just three runs on his IPL debut. Both were dismissed by the amazing fast Umesh Yadav as he bowled a brilliant spell of 2/20 in 4 overs. Robin Uthappa scored a quick-fire 28 runs off 21 balls with two fours and two sixes.
It was Dhoni who then mustered a half-century along with the new leader Ravindra Jadeja who scored 26 runs as CSK posted 131/5 in their 20 overs. In the run-chase, former Delhi Capitals player Ajinkya Rahane amassed 44 runs off just 34 deliveries with Nitish Rana, Shreyas Iyer, and Sam Billings all scoring over 20 runs. For CSK, Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the bowlers for his spell of 3/20 in four overs as he equaled Lasith Malinga’s record of 170 IPL wickets and is now joint-highest with him for most wickets in the tournament. Umesh Yadav for his two wickets first up was declared as the Player of the Match.
MS Dhoni enrolled his first half-century within the IPL since the year 2019.
Venkatesh Iyer was caught behind off Dwayne Bravo, who struck immediately after being introduced into the attack in the seventh over.
Nitish Rana, who was the next man in, hit two fours as 15 runs were conceded off the eighth over bowled by Shivam Dube. Rana carried the momentum into the next over and smacked a maximum off Mitchell Santner over mid-wicket.