IPL: Colin de Grandhomme's Royal Challengers lose season opener

Colin de Grandhomme.
Colin de Grandhomme. Photo credit: Sky Sports

Blackcaps all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme only scored four runs, as his Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener.

Bangalore lost the toss and were bowled out for 70, before the Stephen Fleming-coached Super Kings reached their target with 14 balls to spare, winning by seven wickets.

De Grandhomme's Bangalore struggled, as Parthiv Patel (29) was the only member of the star-studded line-up to make double figures. The visitors struggled against Chennai's deadly spin bowling, while Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh took three wickets each.

Despite losing Shane Watson for a 10-ball duck, the Super Kings cruised home, with Ambati Rayudu top scoring with 29.

Meanwhile, New Zealand paceman Adam Milne is set to miss the entire IPL season with the Mumbai Indians, due to a heel injury.

"We were waiting for his [Milne's] fitness report," said Mumbai coach Mahela Jayawardene. "He had an injury four weeks back while playing a game, so we needed to wait for his recovery and his progress. 

"We had a report two days back, saying that he is not 100 percent [fit] and he might not be able to be part of the extended IPL, so we have realised that we need a replacement. We are considering that, but we have got enough resources [for now]."

Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson is also in doubt for Sunrisers Hyderabad's season-opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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