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IPL in the UAE liveblog: Mumbai Indians versus Kolkata Knight Riders

The long wait is over, IPL 7 finally begins tonight in Abu Dhabi and Gulf News will be there every step of the way.

Join our team live from 5pm and don’t miss a ball of the action from the Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, where current champions Mumbai Indians meet the Kolkata Knight Riders in a mouth-watering opening fixture.

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The Kolkata Knight Riders in training this week. Picture: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

Can the Indians compensate for the loss of Sachin Tendulkar with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Michael Hussey and Kieron Pollard in their line-up? Or will a Knight Riders team featuring big names like Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel have too much firepower?

While you wait for the action to start, who not get up to date with some of the preview articles written by our team of cricket experts:

Mumbai hope for Wright approach on UAE wickets

Write Jacques Kallis off at your peril, says Trevor Bayliss

Sachin Tendulkar back with a bat in his hands in Abu DhabiKnight Riders need Robin Uthappa to back up Gautam GambhirTrevor Bayliss: Write Jacques Kallis off at your perilWrite Jacques Kallis off at your perilWrite Jacques Kallis off at your peril 

Knight Riders need Uthappa to back up Gambhir

Or you could catch up with our coverage of last night’s opening ceremony here and here.

And if you fancy a dose of pre-match statistics, click here.

Meanwhile, the first big breaking news of the tournament has nothing to do with the opening game. Kevin Pietersen’s finger injury means he will miss Delhi Daredevils’ opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah tomorrow.

For more updates, see you at 5pm.