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The Chennai Super Kings and the Kings XI Punjab will fight it out in the third match of the 2014 Indian Premier League on Friday as the tournament really gets going with two games on today. This game will start at 6.30 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Today's game takes place in Abu Dhabi, and should be a fantastic match up between two sides packed with some of the best cricket talent from across the world.
The Chennai Super Kings are of course the two time former champions and they will want to go for a third title this year. They will know how important it is to get a good start to the tournament, and they will be looking to claim the win against a revamped Kings XI Punjab today.
Chennai have arguably been the best IPL team over the past three seasons, but they have had to deal with a spot-fixing scandal that has brought unwanted attention their way.
Coach Stephen Fleming has said, "There's a lot going on, I won't lie. There are a lot of distractions (leading up to the tournament). I think we were all uncertain about how it was going to play out."
However, the CSK, who are led by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have been one of the most consistent teams over recent years and they need that consistency and the confidence that comes with it to weather the storm this season.
They will also have to deal with losing key players Australian Michael Hussey and South African Albie Morkel, this season after losing them in the players' auction.
Instead they have drafted in replacements in the form of New Zealand's Brendan McCullum and South Africa's Faf du Plessis.
The Chennai Super Kings and the Kings XI Punjab will start at 6.30 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.