Mumbai: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League at Chennai's MA Chidambaram stadium on April 4, the BCCI announced on Friday.

The tournament is scheduled to feature nine franchisee teams and a total of 76 matches will be played across the 12 venues in the run to the finals on May 27.

The league stage of the 54-day-long event will comprise of 72 matches with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format.

The play offs would be hosted by Bangalore and Chennai, the two finalists from the previous edition.

While Bangalore will host Qualifier 1 - the table toppers from the league stage versus the second team on that list (1 vs 2) - and the Eliminator - the contest between the third and fourth placed teams (3 vs 4) - on May 22 and 23 respectively, Chennai will be the venue for Qualifier 2 to be played on May 25.

The city will also host the final on May 27. The new stadium in Pune, subject to the final completion, will make its debut as an IPL venue, by staging all eight 'home' games of the Pune Warriors India. Dharamsala, Cuttack and Vizag will host two games each.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala, which made its debut in 2011, will not figure in the fifth season as the franchise was terminated by the BCCI last September for breaching its terms of agreement.

Schedule of IPL 5 matches:

April 4 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

April 5 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

April 6 Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

April 7 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

April 8 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab

April 9 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

April 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils Chennai Super Kings

April 11 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

April 12 Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India

April 13 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

April 14 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings

April 15 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

April 16 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

April 17 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India

April 18 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 19 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India

April 20 Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 21 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India.

April 22
Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

April 23 Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 24 Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

April 25 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

April 26
Pune Warriors vs India Deccan Chargers

April 27
Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

April 28
Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

April 29
Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

April 30
Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 1
Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

May 2
Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

May 3
Pune Warriors vs India Mumbai Indians

May 4
Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

May 5
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

May 6
Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers

May 7
Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 8
Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

May 9
Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 10
Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

May 11
Pune Warriors India vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 12
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

May 13
Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India, Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers

May 14
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

May 15
Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

May 16
Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 17
Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 18
Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

May 19
Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 20
Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

Play offs:

May 22 Qualifier 1: First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team

May 23 Eliminator:
Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team

May 25 Qualifier 2:
Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier1

May 27 Final:
Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2.


(Agencies)