With IPL 2019 confirmed to start from 23rd March, today the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) & IPL governing committee announced the provisional set of fixtures for the 8-team tournament. The Tournament is confirmed to be held completely in India. Meanwhile the player trade window which closed on 15 November saw some healthy transfers between team. The IPL Auctions saw tipsy-turvy kind of stuff this year with money showered on rookies & old reliables, while some big names like Brendon McCullum didn’t even got a look-in. CSK recruited Ruturaj Gaikwad & former CSKian Mohit Sharma. The Schedule has been announced for the first 2 weeks (23 March to 5 April) and is subject to change according to LokSabha Elections 2019. A total of 17 matches will be played with 3 double-headers on 24,30,31 March.
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The first match of the season will be played between the Royal Challengers Bangalore & Winners Chennai Super Kings on 23rd March at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. While the tournament will start-off with some big names missing due to National Duties and Australia, South Africa along with England has already confirmed that their players will take the flight back home on 1st May to prepare for the show-piece event i.e. ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which will be held in England this year from May 30. Whereas Windies, New Zealand has assured that their players will stay for the entire tournament. While fate of Srilankan & Bangladeshi players is still unknown.
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While CSK is scheduled to play two away and 2 home games . The 2 home games will be against Bangalore & Rajasthan while the away games will be against arch-rivals Mumbai & Delhi. The match cycle will be Home-Away-Home-Away for our beloved CSK. Also, Bangalore & Delhi will play as many as 5 games in the first 2 weeks.
|23 MARCH 2019||EVENING||CSK VS RCB||CHENNAI|
|26 MARCH 2019||EVENING||DC VS CSK||DELHI|
|29 MARCH 2019||EVENING||CSK VS RR||CHENNAI|
|3 APRIL 2019||EVENING||MI VS CSK||MUMBAI|