Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, the two most successful IPL teams, will face each other in the opener of the 2020 edition of the tournament on March 29, it was confirmed on Tuesday, 18 February.
The 13th edition of the IPL will be one of the longer tournaments, after the BCCI decided to hold just six afternoon games this time around, extending the overall duration of the tournament to 57 days, a full 13 days more than the 44-day edition last year.
Rajasthan Royals will be the last team to get their campaign underway, with their first match slated for 2 April against Chennai. The league phase ends on 17 May with Royal Challengers Bangalore hosting Mumbai Indians, with the final taking place a week later on 24 May.
🗓️🗓️ Announcement 🚨🚨— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 18, 2020
Schedule for league stage of the VIVO IPL 2020 is out 😎
Mumbai Indians to take on Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener in Mumbai on March 29th 🏟️🏟️
Full Details here 👉👉https://t.co/vi0Ve6zoy8 pic.twitter.com/kankjBLuJg
The tournament will begin just 11 days after the completion of India’s ODI series at home against South Africa.
The date for the All-Stars game mooted by the BCCI last month is yet to be confirmed, as is the case with the schedule for the women’s league, with as many as seven matches set to be played during the IPL knockouts.