The Mumbai Indians are set to open the proceedings at the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2016 when they take on new entrants Rising Pune Supergiants at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday (9 April).
The defending champions are aiming to become the first team to win the competition on three occasions following their triumph in 2013 and 2015 and are one of the favourites to make the play-offs as they are a well settled team with a number of match winners. They retained their core at the player auctions earlier this year, and will be raring to go in front of their home fans.
The Rising Pune Supergiants, meanwhile, are a new outfit and one of the replacements for the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, with Gujarat Lions being the other. They are led by the most successful IPL captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and have the likes of Kevin Peterson and Australia T20 skipper Steven Smith in their ranks. The only disadvantage on their side will be the lack of cohesion between the players, as most of them are playing together for the first time. It will take a couple of games for them to settle down, but with the individual talent they possess, they will go into the game with a 50-50 chance to take the points.
The matches are set to be shown live online and on TV and mobile all across the globe. Find out how you can watch it live in the UK and abroad.
Cricketgateway.com will provide live streaming of all 60 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 matches in all countries outside India, US, UK, Africa and Europe.
Below is a list of official TV broadcasters across the globe
The match start is at 3.30pm BST. Live TV coverage is available on Sky Sports 3 and Sky Sports 3 HD.
Live updates for all 60 matches on mobile will be available on the Hotstar app, which can be downloaded for Android, iOS and Windows from hotstar.com
Live TV coverage is available on Sony Max, Sony Six and Sony ESPN channels with the match starting at 8pm IST. The matches can be live streamed online via Sonyliv.com, while live mobile updates with score and team news will be available on the Hotstar app, which can be downloaded for all mobiles on hotstar.com
|India||Sony Max, Sony Six, Sony ESPN|
|Bhutan||Set Max, Sony Six|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Sri Lanka||Carlton Sports Network|
|Middle East and North Africa||OSN|
|United Kingdom||Sky Sports|
|Nepal||Sony Six, Sony Max|