Indian Premier League 2009 March 26, 2009

Johannesburg to host IPL final on May 24

Cricinfo staff

All eight IPL franchises will play at least half their matches in Durban, Cape Town and Centurion, where they hope to have significant crowd support from the sizeable Indian-origin population, according to the official tournament schedule that was released on Friday night.

The opening double-header in Cape Town on April 18 - Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals v Bangalore Royal Challengers - will feature at least nine South African players, including Graeme Smith, the South Africa captain, in a calculated attempt to spark local interest in what is essentially an Indian domestic event.

JP Duminy will take the field for Mumbai against Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel. On the same day, Smith, Morne Morkel and Tyron Henderson will play for Rajasthan against Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and Dale Steyn for Bangalore.

The opening day will also showcase two England stars who will make their IPL debuts, Kevin Pietersen, who was bought by Bangalore for US$ 1.55 million, and Andrew Flintoff, who was signed for the same amount by Chennai.

According to the schedule, Cape Town hosts a chunk of the matches in the beginning of the tournament till April 26 when the action shifts to the Supersport Park and other venues. The matches in Durban, the main venue, run through the whole tournament from April 21 to May 20. The final is being held on May 24 in Johannesburg, which also hosts one of the semi-finals the day before

Kingsmead in Durban, which has a sizeable Indian-origin population, was allocated 16 matches, the highest among the eight venues, while Supersport Park in Centurion will host 12 games. The Wanderers and Newlands will stage eight matches each, while St George's Park in Port Elizabeth and Buffalo Park in East London were given seven and three matches respectively. Two matches each were handed to the Outsurance Oval in Bloemfontein and three to the De Beers Oval in Kimberley.

Kings XI Punjab play 10 of their 14 matches, the maximum among the eight franchises, at the three venues in demand, followed by Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Bangalore Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings (9), Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians (8), and Delhi Daredevils (7).

The matches will be held at 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm local time (4.00pm and 8.00pm IST; 10.30am and 2.30pm GMT ).

Fixtures

April 2009
Sat 18
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
1st match - Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
Newlands, Cape Town
Sat 18 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
2nd match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals
Newlands, Cape Town
Sun 19
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
3rd match - Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab
Newlands, Cape Town
Sun 19 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
4th match - Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders
Newlands, Cape Town
Mon 20 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
5th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Tue 21
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
6th match - Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
Kingsmead, Durban
Tue 21 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
7th match - Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
Kingsmead, Durban
Wed 22 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
8th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers
Newlands, Cape Town
Thu 23
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
9th match - Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu 23 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
10th match - Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Newlands, Cape Town
Fri 24 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
11th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab
Kingsmead, Durban
Sat 25
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
12th match - Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians
Kingsmead, Durban
Sat 25 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
13th match - Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
Newlands, Cape Town
Sun 26
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
14th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Sun 26 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
15th match - Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
Newlands, Cape Town
Mon 27
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
16th match - Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings
Kingsmead, Durban
Mon 27 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
17th match - Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Tue 28 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
18th match - Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Wed 29
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
19th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kolkata Knight Riders
Kingsmead, Durban
Wed 29 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
20th match - Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu 30
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
21st match - Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Thu 30 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
22nd match - Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals
SuperSport Park, Centurion
May 2009
Fri 1
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
23rd match - Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
Buffalo Park, East London
Fri 1 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
24th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab
Kingsmead, Durban
Sat 2
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
25th match - Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Sat 2 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
26th match - Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sun 3
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
27th match - Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Sun 3 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
28th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Mon 4 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
29th match - Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers
Buffalo Park, East London
Tue 5
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
30th match - Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
Kingsmead, Durban
Tue 5 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
31st match - Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders
Kingsmead, Durban
Wed 6 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
32nd match - Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Thu 7
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
33rd match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Thu 7 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
34th match - Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Fri 8 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
35th match - Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
Buffalo Park, East London
Sat 9
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
36th match - Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Sat 9 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
37th match - Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Sun 10
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
38th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Sun 10 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
39th match - Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Mon 11 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
40th match - Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals
De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Tue 12
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
41st match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kolkata Knight Riders
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Tue 12 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
42nd match - Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Wed 13 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
43rd match - Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu 14
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
44th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu 14 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
45th match - Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
Kingsmead, Durban
Fri 15 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
46th match - Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab
OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein
Sat 16
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
47th match - Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
Sat 16 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
48th match - Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sun 17
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
49th match - Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sun 17 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
50th match - Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
OUTsurance Oval, Bloemfontein
Mon 18 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
51st match - Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Tue 19 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
52nd match - Delhi Daredevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Wed 20
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
53rd match - Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Kingsmead, Durban
Wed 20 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
54th match - Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab
Kingsmead, Durban
Thu 21
12:30 local, 10:30 GMT
55th match - Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Thu 21 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
56th match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Fri 22 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
1st Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sat 23 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
2nd Semi-Final - TBC v TBC
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Sun 24 Floodlit Match
16:30 local, 14:30 GMT
Final - TBC v TBC
New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

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