Mumbai: Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday embarked on the journey to Chennai for their first three matches of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League to begin on Friday.
Barring the trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson and Pat Cummins, who are already quarantining at the team hotel in Chennai, the entire team and management took an afternoon chartered flight.
KKR will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in their opening match of the season at Chepauk on Sunday.
📸 Knights in Flight!
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 8, 2021
The Eoin Morgan-led side will also take on Mumbai Indians (April 13) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (18 April) in Chennai.
After the Chennai leg, KKR will return to Mumbai and then head to Ahmedabad and Bengaluru for their concluding leg.
Keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPL is being held in a caravan format with none of the franchises getting to play at their respective home venues.
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The skipper was all-praise for Rana who played the match-winning knock, days after recovering from a bout of COVID-19.
Needing just 30 runs from 27 deliveries, KKR's experienced finishers— Russell and Dinesh Karthik— faltered big time as the five-time champions Mumbai pulled off an epic comeback to secure their first win of the season.
KKR notched up an easy win against SRH, riding on opener Nitish Rana (80) and Rahul Tripathi's (53) fluent half-centuries after being asked to bat. SRH could score just 177 for 5 while chasing 188.