The big stage of IPL 2014 is all set to witness an exciting encounter on Wednesday when these two sides face each other in the tournament opener. This will be the first time that an IPL match is played in cricket crazy country of UAE. With all tickets already sold out for the first IPL match, spectators and fans of teams back at home in India can anticipate a thrilling T20 contest. Mumbai Indians will get onto the field without their iconic player Sachin Tendulkar who retired from IPL last year after winning the title for the first time. Both teams have been able to win the Indian Premier League title once. Mumbai Indians did that in the last season while KKR won it in IPL 2012.
Team Composition: As far as the team balance is concerned, star studded Mumbai Indians looks better than KKR on papers and the history of the two teams also makes MI stronger and well balanced. MI has the likes of good foreign players which include Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson who could be seen in the playing XI for them. The domestic combination of players also looks good of MI as they have got Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Zaheer Khan and Pragyan Ojha.
Talking about Kolkata Knight Riders, Gautam Gambhir led side has also got few foreign players in their squad. They key foreign players for KKR are Jacques Kallis, Sunil, Narine, Morne Morkel and Shakib Al Hasan. Besides captain himself, Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla are crucial domestic players for the team.
Head to Head:
Matched Played: 12
Mumbai Indians win: 10
Kolkata Knight Riders win: 2
Last 5 Matches:
Mumbai Indians: WWWWD
Kolkata Knight Riders: LLWWL
Timings: Match Scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST on 16 April 2014
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (UAE)