Mumbai, Mar 19 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the schedule of the group stages of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL opener on March 23 in Chennai.
The league stage will end on May 5 with a double header where Kings XI Punjab will host CSK while Mumbai Indians will host Kolkata Knight Riders.
According to the IPL's official website, IPL 2019 will retain the conventional home and away format. Each of the eight franchises will play their seven home games at their respective venues.
BCCI , this year has released the schedule keeping in view of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls which will be conducted in seven phases stretched across April and May.
Earlier, BCCI had only announced the schedule of the first 17 matches.
Meanwhile, the venues and schedule for the play-offs - the two Qualifiers, the Eliminator and the Final will be announced later.
Full schedule :-
Saturday, March 23- Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at 2000 hrs in Chennai
Sunday, March 24- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at 1600 hrs in Kolkata
Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals at 2000 hrs in Delhi
Monday, March 25- Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab at 2000 hrs in Jaipur
Tuesday, March 26- Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings at 2000 hrs in Delhi
Wednesday, March 27- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab at 2000 hrs in Kolkata
Thursday, March 28- Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians at 2000 hrs in Bengaluru
Friday, March 29- Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals at 2000 hrs in Hyderabad
Saturday, March 30- Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians at 1600 hrs in Mohali
Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders at 2000 hrs in Delhi
Sunday, March 31- Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at 1600 hrs in Hyderabad
Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals at 2000 hrs hrs in Chennai (UNI)