Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 1 |3/26/2022 Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Right then! That is all we have from the opening fixture of the Indian T20 League 2022. The action has just begun and on Super Sunday the 27th of March, we have a tasty double-header lined up for you. In the first match, Delhi will take on Mumbai and that match will begin at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT) but the build-up will begin much sooner. This clash will be followed by a match between Punjab and Bangalore, beginning at 7.30 pm IST (2 pm GMT). Do join us then. Goodbye and take care!
Umesh Yadav is the Player of the Match for his exploits with the ball in the Powerplay. He says he is back after two years and he is happy. He thanks his captain and the staff for giving him the opportunity. Adds that he is working on his consistency and he gets the ball to swing as well early on. Tells that wickets early on are very important and he just follows his work ethic.
Kolkata captain Shreyas Iyer says there's always tension when MS Dhoni is at the crease and the last 3 overs were a bit difficult to contain him as there was dew and it was hard to grip the ball. Adds that the wicket was spongier than they imagined and he himself knows the wicket inside-out and though it would be flat but it wasn't but the bowlers bowled really well. About Umesh Yadav, he says that he is very happy to see him perform really well again and they are pumped up for the next match.
Time for the presentation ceremony...
Sheldon Jackson is down for a quick chat. He says there were nerves at the start but the staff helped him. Adds that Dhoni is his inspiration and he always tries to imitate him.
Chennai skipper, Ravindra Jadeja is up for a chat. Jadeja says dew will play its part in the second innings and while the toss, it will be very crucial further. Adds the ball was coming nicely in the second innings. Tells that Bravo bowled brilliantly but they need to do better with the bat and hopes to come back strong in the next match.
Chennai had it all to do with the ball and given the score on the board was well below par, it would have required something special. With Deepak Chahar no more in the side, they didn't have an experienced pacer in the Powerplay and it showed as Deshpande and Milne were dealt with by the opposition openers pretty easily. It was then the veteran, Dwayne Bravo who provided the breakthrough. He went on to pick three wickets in total and in doing so, went level with Lasith Malinga for the most wickets in the tournament's history. His efforts were not enough though as only Mitchell Santner got on the wickets column alongside him and Chennai have a few things to ponder upon before their next match.
It seemed a straightforward chase for Kolkata and with the platform their openers, Venkatesh Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane had laid, half the job was done then and there itself. Rahane played fairly well but missed out on a fifty. A couple of quick wickets fell in the middle overs but captain Shreyas Iyer along with Sam Billings just kept knocking the ball around. When the target was in sight, the big shots came out and even though Billings got out at the death, Kolkata got over the line without needing the muscle of Narine or Russell. A good win for the new captain who hit the winning runs and they will be very pleased with their performance tonight.
Kolkata get over the blemishes of the previous final and get a bit of sweet revenge over Chennai. They have won the opening match of the 2022 Indian T20 League season pretty comfortably in the end with 9 balls remaining. They get the two points on the board and are off to a flying start in the tournament. Chennai have been handed a comprehensive defeat here and they will look to bounce back quickly in the next game.
Adam Milne to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Iyer hits the winning runs. Milne follows Iyer on the leg side and serves a full ball. Iyer whips it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary. Kolkata win by 6 wickets.
Adam Milne to Shreyas Iyer, A length ball, outside off. Iyer gets a thick outside edge as he looks to push. The third man is standing very fine and there is a bit of work to do for him. Two runs taken. Ambati Rayudu gets hurt in the process.
Adam Milne to Sheldon Jackson, Full ball, on off. Jackson jams it out to mid off for a single.
END OF OVER 18 | 4 Runs & 1 Wkt | KKR 126/4
Dwayne Bravo to Sheldon Jackson, Full and on middle. Sheldon Jackson lofts it to long on for a single. A wonderful spell from Bravo - Three wickets while giving away just 20 runs.
Dwayne Bravo to Shreyas Iyer, Very full and on off. Iyer squeezes it out to mid off for a single.
Dwayne Bravo to Sheldon Jackson, Short of a length, outside off. Sheldon Jackson looks to pull but gets a bottom edges it to the left of the keeper. An easy single.
Sheldon Jackson is the new man in.
Dwayne Bravo to Sam Billings, OUT! TAKEN! With this wicket, Dwayne Bravo equals Lasith Malinga for most wickets in Indian T20 League history. A length ball, outside off. Sam Billings slog-sweeps it straight in the hands of Tushar Deshpande at deep mid-wicket. Was hit nicely but did not get the required elevation.
Dwayne Bravo to Shreyas Iyer, On a length and on middle, this is flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Dwayne Bravo to Shreyas Iyer, A full toss, on off, was there to be hit but Iyer plays it back to Bravo.
END OF OVER 17 | 9 Runs & 0 Wkt | KKR 122/3
Ravindra Jadeja to Sam Billings, A loopy ball, on off, Sam pushes it straight to covers.
Ravindra Jadeja to Shreyas Iyer, Short ball and on off. Iyer cuts it hard and to short third man for a quick single.
Ravindra Jadeja to Sam Billings, Around off, drilled down to long on for one.
Ravindra Jadeja to Sam Billings, SIX! Flatter and on off. Billings shimmies down the pitch and hammers it over mid-wicket for a biggie.