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Chennai-Mumbai to battle in IPL 2018 opener

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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