The IPL 2014 first match will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the 2012 IPL winners, Kolkata Knight Riders, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, April 16 at 8 pm IST.
Where to Watch Live
The match will begin at 8:00 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Set Max channel in India.
List of TV channels Showing Live:
India : Set Max and Sony SixAustralia : Seven Sport and 7mate (Seven Network)
Bangladesh : Channel 9
Canada : Sportsnet One/Omni Television/Sportsnet (Rogers media )
Hong Kong : Now TV (PCCW)
Malayasia and Brunei : Astro
Nepal : Set Max
New Zealand : Sky Television Network
Pakistan : Geo Super
Afric including South Africa : SuperSport
Singapore : Cricket Extra (StarHub)
Sri Lanka : Carlton Sports Network
UAE and other Arab Countries : CricOne (Arab Digital Network)
UK : ITV4 (ITV)
USA: Willow.tv, NEO Sports
The Mumbai Indians, owned by the richest man in India, Mukesh Ambani, is known for its big bucks but lost two dependable players in Dinesh Karthik and Dwayne Bravo this year but was able to induct Corey Anderson, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Dunk and Mike Hussey, in all retaining 11 players from the last year’s squad.
The team has its coach John Wright and mentor Anil Kumble who are guiding the team with an eye on getting Kieron Pollard back onboard, after the Jamaican suffered a knee injury. Other players worth watching are Corey Anderson, the New Zealander with an injured finger. However, skipper Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu will concentrate on their bowling skills while the batting team with Mike Hussey, Aditya Tare, Rohit and Pollard will show it on the ground. Spinner Bhajan and Prgyan Ojha should help the team this year too but team will be missing a senior batsman in Sachin Tendulkar, who retired last year.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
This year, KKR will depend on Robin Uthappa, the former India opener and skipper Gautam Gambhir to get the team off to a good start. Sunil Narine, will have to get the Kolkata Knight Riders win the title this year as he did in 2012. Yusuf Pathan was one who made some blistering knocks in the last series and need to show his mettle in 2014 to win the title and win more matches this time.
The 2014 team has not seen many changes, but spent heavily on pace bowlers and succeeded in getting Morkel, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, VRV Singh and Vinay Kumar. If Jacques Kallis, the South African legend, fails to get quick initial runs, the team will come under pressure. If Gautam Gambhir too fails, then the team loses its winning streak.
Prediction: KKR may show ist grit to win the match as Mumbai Indians suffer from some absentees in the opening match.
Mumbai Indians – Mike Hussey, Aditya Tare(wk), Ambati Rayadu, Rohit Sharma(c), Shreyas Gopal, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa, Manvinder Bisla(wk), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla/Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav.
Past IPL Performance:
|Mumbai Indians||5th out of 8 teams||7th out of 8 teams||Finalists||3rd out of 10 teams||4th out of 9 teams||Winners|
|KKR||6th out of 8 teams||8th out of 8 teams||6th out of 8 teams||4th out of 10 teams||Winners||7th out of 9 teams|