The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season was all set to start from March 29 onwards. However, the catastrophic coronavirus outbreak saw the BCCI postponing the event. The 13th edition of the tournament is set to start from April 15 now. However, things could still change depending on how the epidemic unfolds in weeks to come. We might have a curtailed IPL this season that could be played behind closed doors. No matter what the scenario is, here we look at the best opening matches of IPL history.
The 2008 season got off to a terrific start when Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum struck a brilliant 158 off 73 deliveries to propel his side to 222/3. In this maiden IPL encounter, fans could not have asked for a better start. KKR won the match by 140 runs as they bundled out the Royal Challengers Bangalore for just 82 runs in front of the massive Eden Gardens crowd.
In the 2011 edition, defending champs CSK were up against KKR. Batting first, CSK posted 153/4 after 20 overs. KKR openers got off to a solid start (64/0), however, Shadab Jakati provided CSK the crucial breakthrough. Losing wickets at regular intervals, KKR fell short by just two runs to lose the match. Notably, MS Dhoni affected three stumpings.
In 2017, defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad met Virat Kohli-led RCB.
SRH lost Warner early on, however, Shikhar Dhawan and Moises Henriques put them in the driving seat. Later, southpaw Yuvraj Singh hammered the RCB bowlers for 7 fours and 3 sixes during a blistering 27-ball 62. RCB were in the chase but faltered in the end to surrender the tie.
After a two-year ban, CSK returned to the scenes in 2018. In the opener, chasing a target of 166 against Mumbai, Dhoni’s side was reduced to 84/6 with MS Dhoni falling to Mayank Markande. However, Dwayne Bravo single-handedly snatched the game away from MI in the death overs, having struck seven sixes. Kedar Jadhav, who got retired initially, came back in the final over and struck a match-winning four.