CSK vs KKR, IPL 2022 LIVE cricket score: Chennai loses five, Dhoni joins Jadeja

Welcome to Sportstar‘s LIVE coverage of the IPL 2022 opening clash between CSK and KKR. This is Santadeep Dey, bringing you all the action from the Wankhede Stadium.

LIVE COMMENTARY

CSK 69/5 in 14 overs: Dhoni and Jadeja run a quick two, as the former nudges one deep backward point. A dot to finish the over. Time for the second strategic timeout.

CSK 66/5 in 13 overs: Russell tactfully mixing up his deliveries to leave Dhoni flummoxed. Dhoni and Jadeja pick up a single each.

CSK 64/5 in 12 overs: And quite understandably, Chakaravarthy has been brought in to counter MSD. In the three innings that Dhoni has played against Chakaravarthy’s mystery spin, the TN spinner has emerged victorious on all occasions even as the former India skipper has managed to score only 10. Three runs off the over.

CSK 61/5 in 11 overs: KKR almost had another… Jadeja commits to taking another single and Dube, in reply, was miles out of the crease. A direct hit from Narine and it would have been all over. Three balls later, Dube ends up gifting a sitter to Narine anyway. Finally, Dhoni walks in to a thunderous greeting from the Mumbai crowd.

CSK 57/4 in 10 overs: Jadeja and Dube keep the scoreboard ticking. No undue risks taken.

CSK 53/4 in 9 overs: There is a bit of miscommunication. Jadeja nudges the ball towards short midwicket from where his KKR counterpart Shreyas throws it at the non-striker’s end. Narine is lightning quick in whipping the bails off when Rayudu was almost halfway down the track. The strategic timeout has been taken.

CSK 50/3 in 8 overs: Varun continues. Single to Uthappa off the first ball. Rayudu takes full toll of the wide ball as he clobbers Varun over deep extra cover for six. A single off the fifth ball gets Uthappa back on strike. OUT! Another one bites the dust, Uthappa is stumped. Great work by Sheldon Jackson behind the stumps. Jadeja is in at 5. The 50 comes up as Jadeja gets off the mark with a single.

CSK 42/2 in 7 overs: Spin from both ends. Here’s Narine. Rayudu gets a single off the second ball. Uthappa cuts past a diving Rana for four. A single to Uthappa off the penultimate ball. A dot to finish.

CSK 35/2 in 6 overs: First sign of spin in the PowerPlay. Here’s Varun Chakravarthy. Rayudu gets a single first ball. Uthappa gets a single next ball. Two dots later, Rayudu gets an inside edge for four. Dot to finish.

CSK 29/2 in 5 overs: GONE! Devon Conway holes out. Umesh Yadav picks up another one. Ambati Rayudu is the next man in. He is off the mark with a single off the fifth ball.

CSK 28/1 in 4 overs: Mavi bangs one short and although Uthappa doesn’t middle it, the Karnataka batter has managed to guide it for a six over the head of the ‘keeper. Uthappa is enjoying the conditions here as he picks up another boundary to end the over on a high.

CSK 16/1 in 3 overs: Uthappa has now hit the first six of the tournament as well. There was no swing on offer from Umesh and Uthappa, although he couldn’t time it well, gets the ball to land 64m square.

CSK 8/1 in 2 overs: Conway gets off the mark, hacking at the third ball he faces; this is his very first run in the cash-rich T20 league. Ladies and gentlemen, we already have the first boundary of the season as Uthappa glances a back-of-a-length delivery from Mavi down fine leg.

CSK 3/1 in 1 over: A no ball to kick off IPL 2022. However, Umesh does some damage control, getting the ball to move away from the right-handed Gaikwad off the free hit. Wide! Umesh sprays it down leg. AND GONE! Gaikwad goes without disturbing the scorers. Edged to Nitish Rana at slip. This is just the start KKR would have wanted.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway to open for Chennai. Umesh Yadav has the new ball in hand.

07:25 PM IST: Pretty noisy out there in Mumbai as the IPL throws open its gates to 25 per cent crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. Have to get used to the fact that Dhoni isn’t leading the men in yellow out onto the ground anymore. Time for the national anthem…

07:18 PM IST: Sheldon Jackson is KKR’s designated wicketkeeper, according to the team sheet.

06:44 PM IST: KKR’s Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, and Sam Billings have received their caps.

06:31 PM IST: “Tushar Deshpande, Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Adam Milne have marked their run-ups at the Wankhede Stadium,” tweets Amol Karhadkar from the venue.

PLAYING XI

Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devon Conway, Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja (c), Shivam Dube, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson, Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy.

WHAT THE CAPTAINS SAID

Ravindra Jadeja: These are big shoes to fill in. Happy and excited for the new role. We are going with four foreign players. Conway, Bravo, Milne and Santner.

Shreyas Iyer: I am super excited. It is a great honour to don this jersey. The players who have been playing for this unit have done well. The track seems to be a belter and the dew will come in later. We are going in with three overseas players – Billings, Narine and Russell.

TOSS

KKR has won the toss and opted to bowl.

Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja

Captains Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings) during the toss.   –  Sportzpics for IPL

 

PITCH REPORT

“Whoever wins the toss must bat. This is an absolute batting paradise. The statistics of the last 10 matches here says so. The average score is almost 200 for the loss of five wickets, which is a winning total. Nice and even bounce, plenty of grass, short outfields, not much spin. Team would love to chase here as the dew may come in later,” reckon Matthew Hayden and Graeme Swann.

DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM PREDICTION

Wicketkeeper: Sam Billings (wk)

Batters: Ambati Rayudu, Devon Conway, Shreyas Iyer (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad

All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja (c), Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer

Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Adam Milne, Varun Chakaravarthy

Team Composition: CSK 5:6 KKR | Credits left: 1.0

HEAD-TO-HEAD NUMBERS

All-time: Overall matches: 28, CSK won: 18, KKR won: 9, NR: 1

Last 5 games: CSK: 4, KKR: 1

Last meeting: CSK won by 27 runs, CSK 192/3 (20 overs), KKR 165/9

IPL Trophy

The IPL trophy on display during Match 1 of IPL 2022 between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.   –  Sportzpics for IPL

 

HIGHEST/LOWEST SCORES

HS (CSK) vs KKR: 220

LS (CSK) vs KKR: 55

HS (KKR) vs CSK: 202

LS (KKR) vs CSK: 61

PREDICTED PLAYING XI

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, 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

STARS OF CSK vs KKR, KKR vs CSK

Most runs: Suresh Raina 610 (CSK), MS Dhoni 442 (CSK), Faf du Plessis 423 (CSK)

Highest individual score: Faf du Plessis 95* (CSK), Manvinder Bisla 92 (KKR)

Leading wicket-takers: Sunil Narine 20 (KKR), Ravichandran Ashwin 16 (CSK), Ravindra Jadeja 16 (CSK)

MATCH PREVIEW

Not many would have anticipated Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer walking out for the toss of the Indian Premier League opener between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders, a repeat of the previous edition’s final as per the IPL convention.

While M. S. Dhoni formally handed over the reins to Jadeja two days before Saturday’s opening fixture, Shreyas took over after the Knight Riders won the battle of bids in the auction enclosure. It will be interesting to see how Jadeja, the most expensive of the four retained CSK cricketers, juggles between his duties as his team’s lead all-rounder and his duties as the captain, of course with the man behind the wickets lending the much-needed support.

Missing key players

Both the teams are going to miss some of their key players. While the Knight Riders will be without Australia’s Test captain Pat Cummins for the first three games, Kiwi veteran Tim Southee will not be available for the tournament opener. Confirming Southee’s unavailability, KKR head coach Brendon McCullum indicated that the team will look for an alternative Indian pacer.

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It may result in Umesh Yadav getting a game at the start of his second stint with KKR.

The Super Kings also have to deal with absentees in a bid to defend their crown. With Deepak Chahar set to miss a majority of the IPL, CSK management is considering whether to draft in Rajvardhan Hangargekar or Tushar Deshpande in his place for the opener. While Hangargekar has the advantage of being an all-rounder, Deshpande has the advantage of being familiar with the set-up as a net bowler in UAE last year and the conditions, having plied his trade in and around Mumbai since his formative years.

Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja

Shreyas Iyer (left) and Ravindra Jadeja during a practice session.   –  PTI

 

CSK also has to cope with Moeen Ali’s absence on Saturday as the England all-rounder joined the squad late due to visa problems.

Irrespective of the personnel, the two captains with the team sheet in their hand for the toss around dusk will surely signify the dawn of a new era in IPL.

– Amol Karhadkar

SQUADS

Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, Shivam Dube, Maheesh Theekshana, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Samarjeet Singh, Devon Conway, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Subhranshu Senapati, Adam Milne, Mukesh Choudhary, Prashant Solanki, C Hari Nishaanth, N Jagadeesan, Chris Jordan, K Bhagath Varma.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, Shreyas Iyer (c), Nitish Rana, Shivam Mavi, Sheldon Jackson, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Dar, B Indrajith, Abhijeet Tomar, Pratham Singh, Ashok Sharma, Sam Billings, Alex Hales, Ramesh Kumar, Mohammad Nabi, Umesh Yadav, Aman Khan.

WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2022 LIVE?

All IPL 2022 matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3, and Star Sports 3 HD channels in India. Disney+ Hotstar is the official live streaming partner.

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