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IPL opening match: MI to face KKR

Posted on Mar 21 2014 | IBNS

Mumbai, Mar 19 : Current champions Mumbai Indians will start the Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign this year against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) next month.

The first match of the cash-rich tournament will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Apr 16.

The first leg of the tournament will be played in the UAE.

"At its meeting in Chennai earlier today, the IPL Governing Council confirmed that the first phase of the Pepsi IPL 2014 season matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates, from Wednesday 16th April to Wednesday 30th April," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement on Wednesday.

"A total of 20 matches will be played in three stadiums: the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah; and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The opening match on Wednesday, 16 April, will be in Abu Dhabi, between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the 2012 IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders," he said.

The board said the schedule for the remaining 40 matches will be announced later.

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