Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders takes place on Wednesday as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 gets underway. Today's opening match sees defending champions, the Mumbai Indians commence their defense of their title against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The game will start at 10.30 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Mumbai will be favorites; their team has compiled together a stream of talent, with the spine made up of big match winners. The formula that was so successful last season has been maintained by the team's owners, and they will be hopeful of a second straight season with the title.
Meanwhile, Kolkata has a completely revamped team from last season; retaining only Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine. However, that has meant they have been able to clear the way for some great talent. Added to their team for this season are Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Jacques Kallis and Ryan ten Doeschate.
If Kolkata manages to get the win today and take out the defending champs then it would be a massive boost in confidence for them, and they just might be able to push on and go for the title this season themselves.
Momentum can mean a lot in cricket, and especially in 20-20 cricket, once you get in the winning habit you can be hard to stop. That makes today's opener even more important for both teams as they will both want to get off to a positive start and get the momentum on their side.
A loss for either today would mean increased pressure to win the upcoming games, and that could be difficult for the players to deal with.
Today's game between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders will start at 10.30 a.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.