Woww Stat: Do you know Kolkata Knight Riders have won consecutive seven opening matches of every Indian Premier League season since 2013. Yes, that’s right. KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first match of Vivo IPL 2019 and with this win, they’ve achieved phenomenal record of claiming victory in successive opening games of IPL editions.
KKR Stats from 2013 to 2019 (Opening Matches)
IPL 2019: KKR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets
IPL 2018: KKR beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets
IPL 2017: KKR beat Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets
IPL 2016: KKR beat Delhi Capitals by 9 wickets
IPL 2015: KKR beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets
IPL 2014: KKR beat Mumbai Indians by 41 runs
IPL 2013: KKR beat Delhi Capitals by 6 wickets
Kolkata Knight Riders won two IPLT20 editions in 2012 and 2014. In their opening match of IPL 2019 against Sunrisers Hyderabad, KKR was asked to chase 182 target at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. That wasn’t easy target and when 53 runs required in three overs, the task became difficult. But West Indies’ star all-rounder Andre Russell scored impressive 49 in 19 balls to take team through the game.
Shubhman Gill smashed two sixes in the last over to seal victory for Kolkata Knight Riders. Left-handed Nitish Rana also played 68 runs innings in 47 balls to keep home team in the game.