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Challengers face Riders

Published:Friday | April 18, 2008 | 12:51 PM

Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s Bangalore Royal Challengers and Chris Gayle’s Kolkata Knight Riders will clash in the opening match of the highly anticipated Indian Premier League this morning.

The match is expected to bowl off at 9.30 a.m.

Ramnaresh Sarwan is the third West Indies player involved in the 20/20 Tournament. He will represent Kings Eleven Punjab.

Sarwan is expected to play his first game against the Chennai Super King in Mohali tomorrow.

The tournament, making its debut following the controversial Indian Cricket League, will see 59 matches being played over a six-week period between eight-franchised team.

The June 1st final will have prize money of three million US dollars while the eight franchises were bought for a combined 700 million US dollars.