It was an excellent performance for Shreyas Iyer and Co. as they have beaten the Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets to start their campaign on a high.
KKR won the toss and chose to bowl first at the Wankhede Stadium.
Umesh Yadav was quick in dismissing Ruturaj Gaikwad and debutant Devon Conway.
Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu tried to up the ante for the Super Kings.
CSK at one stage were reeling at 61/5 and it became difficult for them to get going.
The top scorer for the Super Kings was MS Dhoni who hit his first half-century since IPL 2019.
CSK finished off with just a 131/5 off their 20 overs.
For the Knights, it was a pretty easy target and the momentum for it was laid down by Ajinkya Rahane.
Rahane top-scored with 44 and the rest of the batters too chipped in with scores of 20+ to help last year’s runners-up gain a victory over the reigning champs.
Player of the Match
Umesh Yadav for his 2/20 off 4 overs.
Post Match Reaction
Ravindra Jadeja, Chennai Super Kings skipper said that the dew was a very vital factor in the game and also winning the toss at the Wankhede is always very crucial. He praised DJ Bravo and said that they needed to do more work in the batting department.
Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders captain said that it’s always a worry when MS Dhoni is at the crease. Said although he knows the wicket very well himself he hadn’t imagined that it would provide so much for the bowlers and he heaped praises on his bowling unit. Shreyas also talked about Umesh Yadav and said that they are ready for their next match.
Chennai Super Kings will now face debutants Lucknow Super Giants on the 31st of March at the Brabourne Stadium while the Kolkata Knight Riders will be up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dr DY Patil Stadium on the 30th of March.