IPL 2020: Mumbai to host the season opener and finals

IPL 2020: Mumbai to host the season opener and finals

The inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match will be played by defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on March 29. The cash-rich tournament will commence only 11 days after India's ODI series against South Africa ends on March 18 in Kolkata.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will release the schedule for the IPL knockouts later, but the final is scheduled for May 24. While the IPL is yet to make an official announcement, the franchises have tweeted about the schedule sent to them. So far, the dates for the league phase have only been declared.

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The last league game is scheduled for May 17, between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru.

In a first of its kind, the IPL will not have any double-headers on Saturdays. Therefore, there will be three matches over the weekends with double-headers now only limited to Sundays, except on March 29 and May 17 - the opening and closing dates of the league phase - when only one match is scheduled.

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To accommodate the extra matches which would have originally been held on Saturdays at 4:00 pm, BCCI has added an extra week to the league phase. Accordingly, the cash-rich tournament will now stretch to 50 days compared to last year's 44.

Earlier it was being said that the evening matches will commence at 7:00 pm to avoid the games from stretching past midnight. However, the IPL has decided to stick to evening matches commencing at 8:00 pm. The afternoon matches will start at 4:00 pm IST, as usual. According to reports, the IPL finals will be held at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

Meanwhile, barring the Rajasthan Royals, all the other seven franchises have retained their original home bases.

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