IPL defending champions and three time champion Mumbai Indians and the returning team Chennai Super Kings will kick off the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League on April 7 in Mumbai at the Wankhede Stadium, it was announced on Wednesday (February 14).
Chennai's first home match will be against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 10.
The much-anticipated final between the victor of Qualifier 1 and the victor of Qualifier 2 will be played at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, May 27, 2018.More news: High Court Revokes Miguna Miguna's Deportation to Canada
Adhering to the demand of the franchises to stick to original timings, the IPL has confirmed that the match timings will remain 4pm (12 matches) and 8pm (48) for the forthcoming edition.
The 11th edition of the T20 tournament will be played at nine venues across 51 days.
The venues for Qualifier 1, Eliminator and Qualifier 2 to be played on 22nd, 23rd and 25th May respectively are yet to be finalised. Except for Kings XI Punjab, the other teams will get to play all seven of their home games at their traditional venues.More news: Sebastian Janikowski's agent: 'At 39, Sebastian is too young to retire'
The IPL's governing council had last month had accepted the broadcaster's request to change the timings of the matches.
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.
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.More news: Icardi to Man United is Mino Raiola's intention
According to the fixtures announced on the official IPL website, the second match will see Delhi Daredevils take on Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla.