IPL 2018: Full schedule, match timings, venues and more

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New Delhi: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 schedule has been announced. Comeback giants Chennai Super Kings will take on holders Mumbai Indians to kick-start the IPL 2018, which has retained its earlier match timings, weeks after considering broadcaster’s request for a change in schedule. The first match on April 7 will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which will also see the return of two-time winners CSK from a two-year ban owing to involvement in corruption.
The venues for eliminator and qualifier 2 have not been confirmed yet while the qualifier 1 and the final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 22 and 27 respectively. As per the fixtures posted on the IPL website today, there will be 48 evening matches and 12 afternoon starts. The doubleheaders timings remained unchanged, while the opening ceremony will take place in Mumbai on April 6.

The IPL governing council had last month accepted the broadcaster Star Sports’ request to shift the timings of the matches. The broadcaster had recommended that the second match of the day start at 7pm instead of the earlier 8pm, while pushing 4pm match to a 5.30pm start. However, a section of franchises who are 50 percent stakeholders in the IPL revenue model, expressed their grievances with the change in timings as it was done without consulting them.

IPL 2018 Full Schedule

DateTimeTeamsVenue
7-April-5:30pmMumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super KingsWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
7-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight RidersSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
8-April-5:30pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
8-April-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Dare DevilsPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
9-April-7:00pmMumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan RoyalsWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
10-April-7:00pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Dare DevilsEden Garden Stadium Kolkata, West Bengal
11-April-7:00pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kings XI PunjabRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
12-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
13-April-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Dare DevilsM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
14-April-5:30pmKings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight RidersPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
14-April-7:00pmMumbai Vs Delhi Dare DevilsWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharshtra
15-April-5:30pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI PunjabEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
15-April-7:00pmMumbai Indians Vs Sunrisers HyderabadWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
16-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super KingsSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
17-April-7:00pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Sunrisers HyderabadEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
18-April-7:00pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Kings XI PunjabFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
19-April-7:00pmMumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight RidersWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
20-April-7:00pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super KingsM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
21-April-5:30pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight RidersFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
21-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI PunjabRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
22-April-5:30pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
22-April-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai IndiansM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
23-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Dare DevilsSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
24-April-7:00pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
25-April-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai IndiansPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
26-April-7:00pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan RoyalsEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
27-April-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Sunrisers HyderabadM.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
28-April-5:30pmMumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
28-April-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI PunjabSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
29-April-5:30pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
29-April-7:00pmMumbai Indians Vs Kings XI PunjabWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
30-April-7:00pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore Vs Sunrisers HyderabadM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
01-May-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Kolkata Knight RidersM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
02-May-7:00pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan RoyalsM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
03-May-7:00pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi DaredevilsEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
04-May-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Sunrisers HyderabadPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
05-May-5:30pmChennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
05-May-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai IndiansSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
06-May-5:30pmKings XI Punjab Vs Delhi DaredevilsPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
06-May-7:00pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Kolkata Knight RidersRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
07-May-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan RoyalsM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
08-May-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers BangalorePunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
09-May-7:00pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Sunrisers HyderabadFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
10-May-7:00pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super KingsEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
11-May-7:00pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan RoyalsFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
12-May-5:30pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kings XI PunjabM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka
12-May-7:00pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Chennai Super KingsRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
13-May-5:30pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Mumbai IndiansFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
13-May-7:00pmRoyal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight RidersM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka
14-May-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Rajasthan RoyalsPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
15-May-7:00pmSunrisers Hyderabad Vs Mumbai IndiansRajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
16-May-7:00pmKings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight RidersPunjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
17-May-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Delhi DaredevilsSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
18-May-7:00pmMumbai Indians Vs Kings XI PunjabWankhede Stadium, Mumbai, Maharashtra
19-May-5:30pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Chennai Super KingsFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
19-May-7:00pmRajasthan Royals Vs Sunrisers HyderabadSawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur, Rajasthan
20-May-5:30pmKolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai IndiansEden Garden Stadium, Kolkata, West Bengal
20-May-7:00pmChennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI PunjabM.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
21-May-7:00pmDelhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers BangaloreFeroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
23-May-7:00pmTBC Vs TBC, Qualifier 1M.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Tamil Nadu
24-May-7:00pmTBC Vs TBC, EliminatorEden Garden Stadium Kolkata, West Bengal
25-May-7:00pmTBC Vs TBC, Qualifier 2M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Karnataka
27-May-7:00pmTBC Vs TBC, FinalWankhede Stadium Mumbai, Maharashtra
An early start would have meant an early conclusion to the matches in the night, ensuring prime time coverage. Public transport and players reaching their hotels late into the night were the other reasons for considering changes in the match timings.

Though the BCCI has maintained the status quo as far as match timings are concerned, some franchises are still pushing for a 3.30 pm and 7 pm start to the games, along with the broadcaster.

In its 11th year, the tournament’s first doubleheaders will be held on April 8, with Delhi Daredevils hosting Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders facing Royal Challengers Bangalore at home. Rajasthan Royals, also coming into the fold after a two-year suspension, will open their campaign Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Telangana capital on April 9.
Source - India .com

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