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Defending champions Mumbai Indians are up against 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match at Abu Dhabi.
The first phase of IPL 7 includes 20 games that will be played at Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi between April 16 and 30.
File photo of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. (BCCI)
Mumbai won their maiden title last year, giving a perfect farewell to batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is with the team this year in the capacity of an 'ICON'.