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Delhi win the toss and send Chennai in at Chepauk

Yuvraj Singh and his new look Delhi Daredevils head to the cauldron that is the Chepauk Stadium to take on former Champions Chennai Super Kings in Match 2 of the Indian Premier League.

The flip of the coin went the way of the Daredevils, who slightly surprisingly opted to send the powerhouse Chennai line-up in. Chennai are an awesome side on paper with 9 present international stars including the Indian triumvirate of MS Dhoni, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, not to mention the newly married Suresh Raina.

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Kolkata begin title defence with easy win against Mumbai

The Kolkata Knight Riders kicked off season 8 of the Indian Premier League in similar fashion to how they finished the previous one, beating the Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in the season opener at the Eden Gardens.

Kolkata won the toss and sent Mumbai in to bat on a belter of a wicket at Eden Gardens. The Mumbai Indians made a poor start, losing three wickets inside the powerplay, dropping to 37-3 with Morne Morkel picking up a couple of wickets.

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Kolkata Knight Riders win the toss and send Mumbai in

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After a short interlude from cricket following the conclusion of the World Cup, the Indian Premier League returns for season 8 to bring cricketing fever right back into our homes.

The season kicks off today with the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders taking on former champions Mumbai Indians. The flip of the coin went the way of the hosts with KKR sending the Mumbai Indians in to bat in front of a packed house at the Eden Gardens.

Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Aaaron Finch, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Vinay Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Pragyan Ojha.

Sunil Narine cleared to play in IPL Season 8

The bowling review committee of the BCCI, comprising Mr. S. Venkatraghavan, Mr. Javagal Srinath and Mr. A.V. Jayaprakash examined the bowling action of Mr. Sunil Narine after he had undergone a biomechanical assessment at the ICC-accredited SRMC centre, Chennai.

The committee concluded that Mr. Sunil Narine, who had remodelled his bowling action, was within the ICC approved limits for all types of deliveries that were assessed and has hence recommended to the BCCI, that his name may be removed from the warning list of bowlers with suspect action.

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KKR call up Azhar Mahmood and Johan Botha as replacements

Defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders will not have the services of Jimmy Neesham and Chris Lynn for this season. Neesham who was bought at this year's auction and Chris Lynn retained from last year have both been ruled out based on the injury reports received from their respective boards.

IPL regulations permit replacement if a player is unavailable for the entire season. KKR have opted to replace the injured players with the experienced duo of Azhar Mahmood, former Pakistan Test Cricketer who is currently based in England playing for Surrey and Johan Botha, former SA Captain and currently playing for Adelaide Strikers at the Big Bash.

Change in IPL Schedule due to Kolkata Elections

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There has been a change in the match-schedule of IPL 2015 on the request of the Kolkata Police, with the Kolkata Municipal Elections taking place on 18 April 2015.

There will be no ‘home’ matches of the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens from 12 April 2015 to 25 April 2015, as per the revised schedule. In all, the dates of three matches and timings of two other matches have been changed.

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Yuvraj does it again in IPL Auction, while mystery man Cariappa attracts plenty of interest

Who says one can't be lucky every year. Luck was definitely a lady today for former India superstar Yuvraj Singh, who has been rewarded for his years of exemplary service to Indian cricket with another massive payday in the Indian Premier League. Bought for a whopping 14 crores last year by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise released him recently, but were still keen to re-sign the player, possibly at a considerably reduced price.

Yuvi though was never going to go cheap in today's mini-auction, in which 67 players were picked up the 8 IPL franchises. RCB were in the bidding, as were the Rajasthan Royals early on, but Yuvraj Singh was eventually picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for a massive 16 crores.

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Kings XI Punjab adds Indian star Murali Vijay in IPL Auction

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To further strengthen the team’s performance in the forthcoming IPL Season 8, Kings XI Punjab bagged Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalker at the auctions held today in Bangalore. Making strategic additions to the team with a spend of Rs. 3.4 crore and remaining wallet of Rs. 9.2 crore, the franchise has fortified its batting and bowling side.

The franchise was represented by Mohit Burman, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Preity Zinta, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Ness Wadia, Co-Promoter and Board of Director, Fraser Castellino, Chief Operating Officer along with Ashish Tulli, Official Analyst.

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Kolkata Knight Riders to face Mumbai Indians in Opening Match of IPL 2015

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Pepsi IPL 2014 winners, will commence their defence of the title, on home turf, on 8 April 2015. The opening encounter of the Pepsi IPL 2015 will see them play Mumbai Indians, winners of the 2013 season, at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 8th April 2015.

A total of 60 matches (including the 4 playoffs) will be played over a period of 47 days, in the eighth season of the tournament that has captured the imagination of cricket-lovers across the world.

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