hoicked away to the midwicket boundary. Shreyas Iyer closes the game out on his KKR debut
11.25pm That's all we have for you from this game. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Looking forward to your company for Sunday's double-header. Until then, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Shashank Kishore and Chandan Duorah. Stay safe and take care.
Srinivash Varma: "Haha feels so strange to not hear MSD after the match... Felt strange MSD picking up award without hearing from him "
Umesh Yadav is the Player of the Match: Wickets in the powerplay is important. Team's role is what I carried out today. Usually I've been focusing on my rhythm. I'm thankful to my trainers for keeping me in shape.
Shreyas Iyer: There's always tension when MS Dhoni is batting, especially in the last three overs when the dew is coming. The franchise has been supportive, right from the CEO and support staff. We just have to carry the momentum from here. It was definitely spongier than we imagined. I've grown up playing here and I thought the wicket would be flat. Umesh has been working very hard at the nets and practise session. Chuffed to see him perform at his best today.
11.10pm CSK's old boys Dhoni and Bravo sparkled, but the rest of the line-up faded away. KKR put together a near-perfect opening game. Shreyas Iyer won the toss on captaincy debut and eventually closed out the chase.
In the early exchanges, KKR's seamers hardly offered anything full, Varun and Narine then tightened the screws in the middle overs. Dhoni turned the clock back with some mighty blows at the death to haul CSK to 131 for 5. In the chase, KKR shaved 43 runs off the target in the powerplay without losing a wicket and they eventually eased to victory, despite Bravo's trickery. Do stick with us for the post-match presentation.
Jadeja: I think dew will be vital and it will play a part. If you win the toss, you will definitely look to bowl first. In the first six overs, it was damp and in the second half, the ball was coming on. We were looking to drag the game as deep as we can. Bravo bowled brilliantly and everybody did a good job with the ball. As a batting unit, we didn't get partnerships. We will try to do better next game.
Jackson: The management and staff are brilliant. They're backing me and I'm grateful to them. He [Dhoni] has always been my inspiration - whatever he does I will look to emulate him.
RajatMaheshwari: "Well done to Bravo. Deserves to be on the all time wicket taking list at IPL. IPL future hall of famer !!"
Ashish Nehra: "Malinga took 170 wickets in 471 overs to Bravo's 490 overs. Both these players are legend.... wait for it.... dary, Legendary. "
Tinura: "Nevertheless, Dhoni scored a fifty, Bravo got 3, and both are now actively became contenders for orange and purple caps respectively. Enough for me (with mad scientist laugh) "
Gautam: "Perfect example of excellent team work by KKR. Dhoni and Bravo were the standout individual performers of the game but CSK were never really into the game"
fullish and outside off, sliced to the right of deep third man. Rayudu takes a tumble and lands rather awkwardly, jamming his knee into the turf. Tommy Simsek is out to tend to Rayudu
middle-stump yorker, squirted out to mid-off
Srihari: "Familiar problems for Chennai. Only their long timers performing. New comers find it tough to get going. "
slower ball, floated full and dips at off stump, forced down to long-on. End of a fine shift from Bravo: 4-0-20-3
speared into the blockhole, jammed wide of mid-off
lifter outside off, flapped behind to Dhoni
Jackson is the new batter
DJ Bravo draws level with Malinga on this list. Billings holes out to Tushar at deep midwicket. Slower ball, hides it away from Billings. Tugged away to the outfielder
back of a length on middle, chipped down to long-on
dipping low full-toss, on off, pushed back to Bravo
short and wide of off, slapped away to extra-cover, where Rayudu, I think, fumbles. Nevertheless, it's a dot
shortish and spins away slightly outside off, chopped away to the right of short third man
another dart from Jadeja, Billings take another trip down the pitch and hits it down to long-on
Rajshekhar: "This match is a lost cause, CSK should now try to protect NRR and come back stronger next match"
down the track and muscled over midwicket for six. Darted into the stumps, Billings charges out of the crease and holds nothing back
down the track and drilled back to Jadeja
Jadeja wipes the ball with the towel
back of a length and angling into a solid punch down to long-on
Deekshant: "Another couple of wickets and CSK can pose a challenge to KKR. Otherwise its the clear victory for the Knight Riders."
yorker, jammed out between deep midwicket and wide long-on
on a length and outside off, 100.1ks slower ball. Billings jumps across off, delays the sweep, and then hits it over square leg
on-pace short ball, wide of off, Billings cracks it away through the off side. Milne tears across to his left from sweeper, slides to cut it off to a double
there's the big dipper from Bravo. This low-full toss is hauled away into the leg side
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||19.30 start, First Session 19.30-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.50|
|Match days||26 March 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Kolkata Knight Riders 2, Chennai Super Kings 0|
Over 19 • KKR 133/4KKR won by 6 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)