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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians to play Chennai Super Kings in opener

Defending champions Mumbai Indians will play Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 opener on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium.

cricket Updated: Feb 14, 2018 23:36 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will take on Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians in the opening match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.(HT Photo)

The 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) promises to start with a bang with defending champions Mumbai Indians facing MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the opening match on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

READ | Indian Premier League 2018: Full list of players of all eight IPL teams and their salaries

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.

No change in match timing

Also, despite several earlier reports, the match timings have not been changed. The evening matches in IPL 2018 will start from 8 pm. There will be 48 evening matches and 12 afternoon starts at the 2018 IPL.

(Read | Shane Warne appointed Rajasthan Royals mentor for IPL 2018)

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.

IPL 2018 : Schedule
Saturday 7th April 2018
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings
Match 1, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Sunday 8th April 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab
Match 2, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 3, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Monday 9th April 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals
Match 4, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Tuesday 10th April 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 5, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Wednesday 11th April 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils
Match 6, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Thursday 12th April 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians
Match 7, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Friday 13th April 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab
Match 8, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Saturday 14th April 2018
Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils
Match 9, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 10, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sunday 15th April 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals
Match 11, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings
Match 12, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Monday 16th April 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils
Match 13, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Tuesday 17th April 2018
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 14, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wednesday 18th April 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 15, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Thursday 19th April 2018
Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 16, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Friday 20th April 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals
Match 17, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Saturday 21st April 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab
Match 18, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 19, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings
Match 20, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
Match 21, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Monday 23rd April 2018
Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils
Match 22, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Tuesday 24th April 2018
Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 23, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wednesday 25th April 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings
Match 24, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Thursday 26th April 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab
Match 25, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Friday 27th April 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 26, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Saturday 28th April 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
Match 27, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Sunday 29th April 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 28, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 29, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Monday 30th April 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
Match 30, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Tuesday 1st May 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians
Match 31, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Wednesday 2nd May 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
Match 32, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Thursday 3rd May 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings
Match 33, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Friday 4th May 2018
Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
Match 34, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Saturday 5th May 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 35, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils
Match 36, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Sunday 6th May 2018
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 37, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
Match 38, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Monday 7th May 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 39, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Tuesday 8th May 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab
Match 40, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Wednesday 9th May 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
Match 41, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Thursday 10th May 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 42, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Friday 11th May 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
Match 43, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Saturday 12th May 2018
Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 44, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils
Match 45, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Sunday 13th May 2018
Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 46, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
Match 47, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Monday 14th May 2018
Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 48, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Match 49, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Wednesday 16th May 2018
Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab
Match 50, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Thursday 17th May 2018
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad
Match 51, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Friday 18th May 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings
Match 52, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Saturday 19th May 2018
Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 53, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders
Match 54, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad
Sunday 20th May 2018
Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
Match 55, 16:00 IST (10:30 GMT), Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab
Match 56, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
TBC v TBC
Qualifier 1, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
TBC v TBC
Eliminator, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), TBC, TBC
Friday 25th May 2018
TBC v TBC
Qualifier 2, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), TBC, TBC
Sunday 27th May 2018
TBC v TBC
Final, 20:00 IST (14:30 GMT), Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

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.

(Read | IPL 2018: Shane Watson excited to play under ‘great’ MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings)

CSK, RR’s return

The Dhoni-led side are two-time IPL champions and are returning to the fold after a two-year gap, along with Rajasthan Royals. Both teams served a two-year suspension over their officials’ alleged involvement in betting on matches of their own teams.

Rajasthan Royals will play their opening match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 9. The Shane Warne-coached Royals’ first home game in Jaipur is on April 11 against Delhi Daredevils.

(Read | Kings XI Punjab seek name change ahead of IPL 2018)

Apart from the eight home cities of the respective franchises, Indore will host three matches of Kings XI Punjab. The Madhya Pradesh city was host to KXIP’s matches in 2017 too.

High-profile clashes

The first week of the IPL will witness another high-profile clash with Kolkata Knight Riders facing Royals Challengers Bangalore at home on April 8. On the same day, Delhi Daredevils will face Kings XI Punjab at the former’s home.

Most of the franchises this time has a rejigged line-up after a costly auction where teams did not shy away from loosening their purse strings.

Ben Stokes emerged as the costliest player (Rs 12.5 crore) and Jayadev Unadkat was the costliest Indian player (Rs 11.5 crore). Both of them were roped in by Rajasthan Royals.

However, Stokes’ participation is still in doubt over as he faces trial for a brawl outside a pub in Bristol a few months ago.

Stokes will not be the only player in focus. Gautam Gambhir, the 36-year-old who had led Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles in his seven-year stay but not retained this time, was bought by Delhi Daredevils. He will most likely to lead the side.

However, Gambhir’s departure from Kolkata Knight Riders have left a void at the captain’s slot in the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team. Andre Russell, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik are the likely choices for leading the two-time champions.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 20:30 IST