File photo of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. (BCCI)
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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.
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'.