The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League kicks on today as 2013 champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders – who have won the title in two of the last three seasons – at Eden Gardens.
When: 3.30pm (UK time)
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Hosts Kolkata will begin the match as marginal favourites, but Mumbai cannot be taken lightly.
Mumbai have found it difficult to gel all their star names into a settled team in past campaigns.
However, with the likes of captain Rohit Sharma, Lendl Simmons, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and new signing Aaron Finch in the side, they are not short of match-winners.
Kolkata have world class talent in their ranks too. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir can do damage with the bat, but bowling and fielding is the main strength of the Knight Riders.
Spin twins Sunil Narine (pictured) and Piyush Chawla have been joined by experienced Australian T20 specialist Brad Hogg, while Morne Morkel adds pace to balance out an impressive attack.
Narine and Chawla were at the crease when Kolkata secured last season’s title.
Chawla’s hit the winning boundary to seal a three-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in May. Relive that magic moment below…