CSK VS KKR 1st Match Result: KKR Win By 6 Wickets

The IPL opener started between the 2 renowned franchises Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings where KKR won the toss and decided to bowl first.

It looked to be a typical Wankhede wicket and the captain who won the toss had nothing else to choose from so Sherays Iyer decided to have a bowl first.

KKR started very steadily with the ball getting their in-form openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway cheaply and their start was put to halt, then comes Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa to rescue. They consolidated the ship and ended the powerplay with the score of 35 for 2 at the end of the powerplay but it would be correct to say that their innings never got going.

They lost Uthappa and Rayudu for 28 and 15 respectively.  The newly appointed captain Ravi Jadejapromoted himself and came at no 5. At the halfway stage, they were 57 for 4 with Jaddu and ShivamDube at the crease. But they never got the momentum losing Dube for a mere 3, then comes Mahendra Singh Dhoni at no 7.

People were so excited to see him bat after a Long time and he did have a slow start but his innings kept on progressing. He finished with an unbeaten 50 from 38 balls that made sure that Chennai gets a score of respectability with 131. Jadeja also was not his mere best with a contribution of 26from 28 balls.

Dominant KKR Spin Duo With The Ball

Wankhede stadium is known to be spin-friendly but one would expect that a used Wankhede wicket will offer some assistance for the spinners but the duo of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine made healthy contributions with the ball, their combined figures were 38 runs for 8 overs with 1 wicket. That was quite unreal stuff at Wankhede.

Clinical KKR Bowling Performance

The newly appointed captain of KKR used only 5 bowlers with 3 quicks and 2 spinners. All had done exceedingly well combined and restricted to opposition to a below-par total considering surface of Wankhede and its reputation.

Confident Run Chase By KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders got themselves to a decent start in the powerplay, where they scored 43 runs without losing any wicket, and it was perfect for a run chase of 130.

Both the openers Rahane and Venkatesh Iyer played some calculated risky shots and utilized the powerplay effectively. They did not try any rash shots and relied on conventional stuff in the first six overs. In the 7th over, Bravo made the first breakthrough with Venkatesh Iyer nicking one to MS Dhoni on 16.

Nitish Rana came at no three and he kept progressing at a decent pace which ensured there was no run rate pressure on them. The top 3 of KKR contributed a lot with the bat. AjinkyaRahane ended his innings at 44 from 34 balls, and Nitish Rana got 21 from 17. So with these three contributions, it was always assumed that the game is in the control of KKR.

Dj Bravo was the only guy with some glimpse of performances where he conceded 20 runs in his four overs and took three wickets, but no one supported him from the other hand, and it was just not good enough for Chenna. KKR steadied the ship smoothly and chased the score with nine balls to spare.

They won the opener of the IPL with six wickets, with their captain Shreyas Iyer making an unbeaten contribution of 20 from 19, and he was there till the end and finished the game for his team. The IPL startup was not as exciting as everyone would have liked to be.

It was more of a one-sided game, but fans would expect better cricket from tomorrow as we have a doubleheader with Mumbai facing Delhi and RCB facing Punjab Kings.