Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir will lead the KKR once again in this edition of the IPLGetty

The 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) season gets under way on Wednesday (8 April) as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on the Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 3:30pm BST. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

After the end of an exciting 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the most absorbing domestic T20 cricket league will be back in action, starting Wednesday. It will be a new season in which those who played against each other just a month back will be in the same team.

The Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions and their skipper Gautam Gambhir will be keen on winning it for a third time. They have a very good squad at their disposal after making minor tweaks prior to the start of the tournament.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh will be the key player in the Mumbai Indians' spin attackGetty

The Knight Riders will play their first game at home against the Mumbai Indians, who will be led by Indian opener Rohit Sharma. They are known for having star-studded players in their squad and this year the list includes Aaron Finch, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga.

The Mumbai Indians' bowling attack is spearheaded by pace bowlers, while the Knight Riders will rely heavily on spin. A win for either side at the Eden Gardens will be a massive boost as they will be starting this year's IPL on a high.

Prediction

Kolkata Knight Riders to win

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • Kolkata Knight Riders to win: 4/5
  • Mumbai Indians to win: 68/67

Team News

Kolkata Knight Riders

Possible XI: Gautam Gambhir (c), Robin Uthappa (wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav

Mumbai Indians

Possible XI: Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel(wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Vinay Kumar, Lasith Malinga, Abhimanyu Mithun