IPL opening match: KKR wins by 7 wickets
Mumbai: The IPL season has begun. Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) faced off in the first match of the match. In the first innings, CSK lost five wickets for 131 runs in the allotted overs. In reply, KKR lost 6 wickets in 13.3 overs and scored 133 runs to win the opening match by 7 wickets.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have won their first match of the IPL 2022. The Kolkata Knight Riders started their campaign with a victory in the 15th season of the IPL, defeating the Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in a series of both batting and bowling. In addition, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s half-century innings wasted. Rabindra Jadeja, on the other hand, lost his first match as captain. Batting first, Chennai’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s unbeaten 50, Rabindra Jadeja’s unbeaten 24 and Robin Uthappa’s unbeaten 24 helped them to 131 for five in the allotted overs. In reply, Kolkata lost 4 wickets in 18.3 overs to reach the victory target. Today, Rahane has played an important innings of 4 runs for the team. In addition to him, Sam Billings has 25 runs, while captain Shreyas Ayyar is unbeaten on 20.
Chennai, batting in Mumbai’s Wankhede after losing the toss, suffered a batting disaster from the start. Rituraj Gaekwad, the opener, returned to the pavilion in the first over before opening the account. Chennai’s new opener Devon Conway (3) also failed to do much. Umesh Yadav took the wicket of both. Rabin Uthappa was in good form but managed to score only 24 runs. He scored 24 off 21 balls with 2 sixes and 2 fours and was dismissed by Barun Chakraborty. Ambati Rayudu scored 17 while Jadeja was out for lack of coordination. Shivam Dubey, playing his first match for Chennai, has managed just three runs. By 11 overs, Chennai were in dire straits, losing five wickets for 41 runs. Meanwhile, Mr. Finish’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined the crease with captain Jadeja.
Both were unable to play big shots but did not give the KKR bowlers a chance to take wickets. In particular, Dhoni relied heavily on singles. In the final over, Dhoni tried to score runs quickly. He even bowled his 19th over in the 19th over, beating Russell by three fours. In the 19th over, Dhoni hit a six and a four. Chennai scored 15 runs in the over. Dhoni also batted forcefully in the last over. He hit two fours in a row to take Chennai to 120 runs. In addition, Dhoni scored his half-century off 37 balls. Jadeja hit a huge six off the last ball to give Chennai 131 runs. By the end, Dhoni was unbeaten on 50 and Jadeja was unbeaten on 28 off 28 balls. Dhoni hit six fours and a six in his innings. Kolkata’s Umesh Yadav, on the other hand, took a maximum of two wickets, while Russell and Barun Chakraborty scored one wicket each.