The hosts started on the front foot and went ahead as soon as the seventh minute as Akash Mishra found Ogbeche after darting past a few white and blue shirts.
Bengaluru FC will next play Hyderabad FC on Wednesday while Mumbai City FC are up against Jamshedpur FC on Thursday.
Hyderabad FC head coach Marquez believes his team is ready for the game but also knows that it will not be an easy one for his side.
The first-half was largely a one-way street with Hyderabad being relentless with their attack. It looked like Chennaiyin’s strategy was to sit back and hit on the counter.
Hyderabad, whose average age of the Indian players in the lineup was just 24, was dealt a major blow early on with Halicharan Narzary limping off in under 10 minutes.
Even before a ball was kicked in the new season, Chennaiyin FC made news after the announcement of Anirudh Thapa as the captain.
Joao, who served as one of the vice captains in the previous season, will be joined by goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani and striker Bartholomew Ogbeche to form the leadership group at the club.
The clubs have sought exemption from the AIFF in order to take part in the cash-rich event starting on November 19.
Gokulam started proceedings with very positive intent. They played an attacking game from the word go and created quite a few chances to score.
Hyderabad FC on Saturday announced the signing of city-born goalkeeper Abhinav Mulagada for the reserve team.
The youngster joins Hyderabad as the fourth new overseas player after Bartholomew Ogbeche, Edu Garcia and Juanan, and becomes the tenth new player in the squad this season.
ISL side Hyderabad FC have completed the signing of left-back Pritam Soraisam, the club announced on Wednesday.
Hyderabad FC have signed 34-year-old Spanish defender Juan Antonio Gonzalez on a one-year deal, the club has announced.
Hyderabad FC has retained Brazilian midfielder Joao Victor, who signed a two-year extension till the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
ISL side Hyderabad FC has completed the signing of Spanish player Eduardo Edu Garcia ahead of the 2020-21 season.