The final IPL schedule for 2018 was rolled out lately. The opening match on April 7 will be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the previous season. The match will be on Wankhede Stadium. The venue is fixed for the final match of the tournament as well as the first qualifier is in Wankhede. The final match is scheduled on May 27.
On the first day, only a single match will be played, followed by two matches in the next day. On April 8, Delhi Daredevils will tussle Kings XI Punjab in Delhi. In Kolkata, in the same day, home team Knight Riders will play against Rajasthan Royals. The league stage will go on until May 20, with total 56 matches lined up in the schedule before the first Qualifier match. Although in most of the days, only a single match will be played, two matches are scheduled on 11 dates, falling on Sundays and Saturdays. In the league stage, a total of 44 matches will be played in evening, leaving 12 fixtures in afternoon session.
In the list so far, two venues for the eliminator and the second qualifier matches are still not decided. It is being reported that Maharashtra Cricket Association wanted the venues to be at Pune as their home team, Rising Pune Supergiant, finished as the runners up previous season. The IPL Governing council will decide on his proposal for the matches.
In another tug-o-war, franchises are appealing the governing council not to overlap the afternoon and evening venues. Per the timing of the matches, it is mist likely that second inning of the afternoon matches will overlap with the first inning of the evening matches. This issue is to be resolved through Star TV Network, which is the broadcaster of the tournament. There are proposals to re-schedule the afternoon matches from 5 PM to 3:30 PM, to avoid any overlap will the evening matches. However, this could make the matches in peak summer heat.
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