IPL 2022: KKR defeated CSK by 6 wickets at the Wankhede in season opener.© BCCI
Ajinkya Rahane’s 44-run knockdown put Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s half-century in vain as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, here at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday. Rahane scored 44 runs as Umesh Yadav scalped two wickets while KKR took a six wicket victory over CSK with 9 balls left.
In the pursuit of 132, KKR openers Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer got their team off to a great start as they scored 43 points in the power play. CSK finally breathed a sigh of relief when Venkatesh was caught by Dhoni on Dwayne Bravo’s delivery.
Nitish Rana then joined Rahane and harassed the CSK bowlers for a short while and left after scoring 21 points, with 76 points on the board. After Rana’s dismissal, Rahane also died in the delivery of Mitchell Santner when he was caught by Ravindra Jadeja, leaving the team total at 87/3 in 11.4 overs.
KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer and Sam Billings came to the crease and anchored the innings. The duo brought the score to 123, but before they could choose their side through the victory line, Billings was sacked by Bravo for 25 runs.
Later, Shreyas, who was then joined by Sheldon Jackson, closed the game with a 6 wickets and 9 balls left in hand.
Earlier, Dhoni scored an unbeaten half-century to provide CSK, which was led by Jadeja, with a respectable 131/5 total after they suffered an early loss of wickets.
CSK will now face Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their next clash on March 31, while KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on March 30.
Short Score: Chennai Super Kings (Dhoni 50*, Jadeja 26*; Umesh Yadav 2/20) vs Kolkata Knight Riders 133/4 (Rahane 44, Billings 25; Bravo 3/20).
Topics mentioned in this article