night Riders captain Gautam Gambhir elected to bat after winning the toss against Mumbai Indians, even as the visiting team captain Ricky Ponting decided to drop himself from the team.
While Mitchell Johnson comes in place of Ponting, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was inducted in place of Jaspreet Bumrah. Munaf Patel was also dropped from the side to accommodate Pragyan Ojha. In the KKR side, Iqbal Abdulla came in place of Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Eoin Morgan, Debabrata Das, Iqbal Abdulla, Rajat Bhatia, Sachitra Senanayake, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pragyan Ojha, Lasith Malinga.