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The schedule for the first two weeks of Indian Premier League 2019 has been released, with the tournament to begin on 23 March as defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.

The schedule from the starting date to 5 April 2019 has a total of 17 matches with each team playing a minimum of four matches. Delhi Capitals and Bangalore are playing five games each. 

Each team is scheduled to play a minimum two home and two away matches. Delhi are playing three home games and Bangalore have three away fixtures.

However, all the fixtures are subject to the announcement of the dates of India's general elections, which are expected to be contested in the months of April and May and will clash with the IPL.

"IPL releases the schedule of the first two weeks (17 matches) of the VIVO IPL 2019 Season. These are still subject to the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2019 election dates," a release on IPL's official website, iplt20.com, read.

"Once these have been released, BCCI will address any issues with the first two weeks and will also prepare a schedule for the remainder of the season working with the local authorities around the polling dates."

Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL title in 2018
Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL title in 2018

The home venues of the eight participating teams have been selected for the fixtures and matches will be held in Delhi (Delhi Capitals), Mohali (Kings XI Punjab), Mumbai (Mumbai Indians), Hyderabad (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Kolkata (Kolkata Knight Riders), Bengaluru (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Jaipur (Rajasthan Royals) and Chennai (Chennai Super Kings).

Mumbai begin their IPL 12 campaign with a home game against Delhi on 24 March in the evening while Kolkata take on Hyderabad on the same day in the afternoon. Rajasthan and Punjab clash in Jaipur on 25 March to begin their run.

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The Spiderman Catch: De Villiers was in outstanding batting and fielding form in the 2018 IPL

Chennai and Mumbai have won the tournament three times while Kolkata have lifted the coveted trophy twice. Hyderabad and Rajasthan have one IPL title each.

Full schedule

Date Time Home Team Away Team Venue
23 March Evening Chennai Super Kings Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai
24 March Afternoon Kolkata Knight Riders  Sunrisers Hyderabad Kolkata
24 March Evening Mumbai Indians Delhi Capitals Mumbai
25 March Evening Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab Jaipur
26 March Evening Delhi Capitals Chennai Super Kings Delhi
27 March Evening Kolkata Knight Riders Kings XI Punjab Kolkata
28 March  Evening Royal Challengers Bangalore Mumbai Indians Bengaluru
29 March Evening Sunrisers Hyderabad Rajasthan Royals Hyderabad
30 March Afternoon Kings XI Punjab Mumbai Indians Mohali
30 March Evening Delhi Capitals Kolkata Knight Riders Delhi
31 March Afternoon Sunrisers Hyderabad Royal Challengers Bangalore Hyderabad
31 March Evening Chennai Super Kings Rajasthan Royals Chennai
1 April Evening Kings XI Punjab Delhi Capitals Mohali
2 April Evening Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore Jaipur
3 April Evening Mumbai Indians Chennai Super Kings Mumbai
4 April Evening Delhi Capitals Sunrisers Hyderabad Delhi
5 April Evening Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata Knight Riders  Bengaluru

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