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IPL 2022, Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: CSK Face KKR In Season Opener In Mumbai


IPL 2022: CSK faces KKR at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.© BCCI/IPL

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) against each other in the opening of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on Saturday. The match will kick off the two-month cricket carnival that fans have been waiting for. It will also be a rematch of last year’s final where CSK beat KKR in the final.

At IPL 2022, CSK will be under a new captain with Ravindra Jadeja receiving the baton from MS Dhoni on Thursday. The defending champions will be without some of last season’s star players in the guise of Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur and Josh Hazlewood. Meanwhile, the team will also have some new faces with Devon Conway and Adam Milne joining the lineup.

The franchise will be heavily dependent on players like Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dhoni, Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu in the upcoming games. Versatile star Moeen Ali will miss the opening match vs KKR.

KKR also has a new captain with Shreyas Iyer replacing Eoin Morgan as captain. KKR bought Iyer for a whopping Rs 12.25 crore during this year’s mega auction. Even KKR will lose some key players, with players like Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi and Lockie Ferguson not part of the squad anymore.

Players like Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine will be decisive to KKR’s ambitions this season.

The two sides have met each other 28 times, with CSK coming out on top with 18 wins. KKR has won nine times and one match ended as a meeting without a result.

Last season, the two teams met three times and CSK emerged in the top spot on all occasions, including the 2021 IPL final.

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CSK beat KKR by 27 runs in the final.

The opening of the IPL 2022 season is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm IST and both teams will compete for glory.

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