IPL 2022: Kolkata vs Chennai First Match? Punjab Has A New Captain!

Ian Morgan’s Kolkata Knight Riders lost to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the 2021 IPL final. This time there is no Morgan. The baton of leadership has gone to Shreyas Iyer. And this time, the IPL can start with the match between these two teams.

According to news agency ANI, KKR and CSK will face each other in the competition’s first match on March 26. However, the rules of the group stage of the IPL have changed this time. All the teams will not play two matches against all the teams. According to that rule, there should be a match between Kolkata and Chennai. That can happen at the very beginning.

IPL 2022 Introduces Group Stage

This time there are two groups in the IPL. One group includes Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow SuperGiants. Other groups include Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Titans, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Each team will play two matches against the other four teams in their group and two matches against one team in the other group. The remaining four teams will play one match each. In their group, Kolkata will play two matches each against Mumbai, Delhi, Rajasthan and Lucknow. In the other group, KKR will play two matches against Hyderabad. Kolkata will play one match each with the other four teams.

 Kolkata vs Chennai First Match

There will be a total of 60 games on the group stage. The board has said it will compete in Mumbai and Pune in the Corona situation. The grounds to be played at are Wankhede, Brabourne, and DY Patil in Mumbai and MCA International Stadium in Pune. 

Fifty-five matches will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede, Brabourne, and DY Patil stadiums. There will be 15 matches at the MCA International Stadium in Pune. Each team will play four matches at Wankhede and DY Patil Stadium. One match will be played in Brabourne and Pune. However, the venue of the play-offs has not been decided yet.

Mayank Agrawal Is The New Captain Of Punjab Kings

On Monday, the Punjab Kings announced that Mayank would be declared the captain. An audio message from Mayank was also given on Twitter. He said he was happy and honored to be captain of the Punjab Kings there.

In 2016, Punjab bought Mayank for Rs 1 crore in an auction. He has been in Punjab since then. A few days ago, Mohit Barman, one of the team owners, hinted that Mayank could be the captain of the team. 

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