Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date: 26th March 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Last year’s two finalists are ready to go head-to-head against each other in the tournament opener of the 15th season of the IPL.
Although Kolkata Knight Riders did not have a good start in last year’s IPL, things turned around pretty quickly for the Shahrukh Khan-owned franchise in the second leg.
They went on to play Chennai Super Kings in the finals but were defeated by the latter who were crowned champions for the 4th time.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings had a fairly good start to their campaign in last year’s IPL.
They became one of the most successful teams in last year’s tournament and secured the berth for the finals after defeating Delhi Capitals in the qualifiers.
This time, it will be a new captain for the defending champions and for KKR as well. Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer will be locking horns for the opener.
It will be interesting to see which of the last year’s finalists start their campaign on a high.
Predicted Playing XI for Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders
Chennai Super Kings
Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Devon Conway, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Chris Jordan/Maheesh Theekshana, Adam Milne
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chamika Karunaratne, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Umesh Yadav/Rasikh Salam Dar