The Kolkata Knight Riders are one of three teams along with the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians to have won the IPL on two occasions. They will be aiming for a record third title in 2016 when they begin their campaign against the Delhi Daredevils on Sunday (10 April) at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

The Gautham Gambhir-led team have retained their core during the player auction, but their main boost will be Sunil Narine's clearance to bowl from the ICC. The West Indian off-spinner missed out on the Caribbeans' triumphant campaign at the T20 World Cup, but will come in full force for his IPL franchise. He is likely to miss the first game, but will be back for the rest of the campaign. If he is in form, you can expect the Knight Riders to go a fair distance in the tournament.

Coach: Jacques Kallis

Key players: Gautham Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Colin Munro, Manish Pandey, Andre Russell,


Apr-10Sunday8pmDelhi Daredevils (DD)Kolkata
Apr-13Wednesday8pmMumbai Indians (MI)Kolkata
Apr-16Saturday4pmSunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)Hyderabad
Apr-19Tuesday8pmKings XI Punjab (KXIP)Mohali
Apr-24Sunday8pmRising Pune Supergiants (RPS)Pune
Apr-28Thursday8pmMumbai Indians (MI)Mumbai
Apr-30Saturday4pmDelhi Daredevils (DD)Delhi
May-02Monday8pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)Bengaluru
May-04Wednesday8pmKings XI Punjab (KXIP)Kolkata
May-08Sunday8pmGujarat Lions (GL)Kolkata
May-14Saturday8pmRising Pune Supergiants (RPS)Kolkata
May-16Monday8pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)Kolkata
May-19Thursday8pmGujarat Lions (GL)Rajkot/Kanpur
May-22Sunday4pmSunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)Kolkata

IPL History: Kolkata Knight riders are two-time winners of the IPL in 2012 & 2014.

Squad: Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa (wk), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan. Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, John Hastings, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.

Prediction: TheKolkata Knight Riders will be one of the favourites to enter the play-off stage of the competition owing to their winning pedigree in the league, which has seen them lift two trophies in 2012 and 2014.