The Indian Premier League (IP) 2023 will kickstart on March 31, with defending champions taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the first match in Ahmedabad. The final will be played on May 28 in Ahmedabad. The tournament will commence just five days after the inaugural Women's Premier League (WPL) final.
Following the opening clash, there will be a double-header the next couple of days. On April 1 Punjab Kings (PBKS) will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) first, followed by Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) vs Delhi Capitals (DC). The following day, we will see Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on IPL 2022 runners-up Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be in action against Mumbai Indians the in the second game of the day.
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The IPL 2023 will be played in the traditional home-away format for the first time since 2019. IPL 2020 was fully staged in the UAE, while the following was partially played in India, before a Covid outbreak forced the second half of the tournament to be held once again in the UAE.
As many as 70 games will be played in league stage of IPL 2023, concluding May 21, that will include 18 double-headers.
Guwahati and Dharamsala will also act as home venues for RR and PBKS respectively. RR will play their first two home games in Guwahati- vs PBKS (April 5) and DC (April 8) - before playing thee rest of their home matches in Jaipur. PBKS, on the other hand, will play a couple of home matches in Dharamsala - against DC on May 17 and RR on May 19.
The schedule for the playoffs and final will be announced in due course.