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What to expect from IPL season 10

Apr 05, 2017 12:47 IST
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The 10th edition of the Indian Premier League will start from today and the first match of the tournament will feature defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad taking on three-time finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore. A total of 56 T20 league games will be played in this tournament. This will be followed by two qualifiers and an eliminator before the final in Hyderabad. (Full IPL coverage)Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Mohali, Rajkot and Kolkata will be the key centres in this tournament. However, some teams like Gujarat Lions and Kings XI Punjab will play their ‘home’ games in neutral venues like Green Park, Kanpur and the Holkar stadium in Indore.Each team will play a total of 16 games, eight at home and eight away. The top four teams will qualify for the knock-outs, with the top two getting an extra benefit in the first qualifier. The winner of the first qualifier goes to the final while the loser will play the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier in order to reach the final. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla announced on Monday that unlike past editions, the tenth edition will not exclude any fan from the celebrations as the league plans to host eight different opening ceremonies, one before the first home game of each franchise. Each opening ceremony is expected to be graced by a different celebrity as well.