IPL 2022, CSK vs KKR: Still under tension when MS Dhoni is at bat, says KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer | Cricket News


MUMBAI: After beating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a six-wicket win in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season opener, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Shreyas Iyer says there was always a feeling of tension when Mahendra Singh Dhoni is at bat.
Ajinkya Rahane’s 44 run ensured Dhoni’s half-century was in vain as KKR recorded a six-wicket win over CSK here at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

“There is always tension when MS Dhoni kicks. I knew the momentum was going to move towards them with the dew. It was hard to grab the ball… It (the ball) was more squishy than us imagined it,” Shreyas said in a post-match presentation.
“(I) appreciate the new franchise. The CEO, management, support staff have been outstanding. Just keep the momentum going.”

Coming from Mumbai, Shreyas has a good knowledge of the local conditions.
“This (Wankhede Stadium) is a place where I like to play. I grew up here. I thought (the pitch) would be flat,” he said.
The skipper also praised Umesh Yadav who took two wickets to limit CSK to 131/5.
“It was pretty easy for me with the bowling lineup I had. Umesh worked hard in net and also did well in practice games. Really happy to see him play today,” said he added.

After Rahane’s shot to the top, it was Shreyas who reached the winning limit and brought KKR home with 9 balls remaining.
For CSK, Dhoni scored half a century unbeaten to lead his side to a 131/5 aggregate after the first wickets were lost.
CSK will now face Lucknow Super Giants in their next clash on March 31 while KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 30.

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