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Apr 16, 2014
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 (IPL) kicks off with Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders going up against each other in a mother-watering clash in the sand dunes of Abu Dhabi in the background. Reigning champions Mumbai brought some of the coveted names in T20 cricket in the IPL 7 auctions while Kolkata have opted for stability and retaining a solid winning spine of the team.
There are some personal duels expected in this encounter. Just over a year ago, Gautam Gambhir lost his spot in the Indian team and was replaced by Rohit Sharma. Rohit has since held on to the spot and both captains will tussle hard with their star studded outfits. Lasith Malinga returns after a victorious ICC World T20 2014 campaign wih Sri Lanka. Kolkata’s trump card will be Sunil Narine whose crafty off-spinners have bamboozled batsmen in the past two editions.
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