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    IPL releases schedule, final in Johannesburg

    Mumbai: The opening match and final of the second edition of IPL, shifted overseas to South Africa, are to be held at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town and the Wanderers in Johannesburg respectively on April 18 and May 24.

    The semi-finals are to be held on May 22 and 23 in Pretoria and Johannesburg respectively, as per the full schedule of the Twenty20 league.

    In a double header on the first day, last year's winners Rajasthan Royals would take on Bangalore Royal Challengers, while Mumbai Indians would clash with first edition's runners-up Chennai Super Kings at Cape Town.

    In all, the 59 matches will be held in eight cities: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, East London, Kimberley, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

    Kingsmead in Durban, which has a large number of South Asians, has been allotted the lion's share of 16 matches while the Centurion Park in Pretoria would host 12 ties.

    The Wanderers in Johannesburg and Newlands in Cape Town come next best with eight matches each, with the latter playing host to four of these on the first two days of the cash-rich, high-profile competition.

    Seven matches are to be held in St George's Park in Port Elizabeth while Buffalo Park in East London has been allotted four matches.

    Two matches each have been handed over to Outsurance Oval in Bloemfontein and De Beers Oval in Kimberley. Matches would be held at 4 pm (12.30 pm local time) and 8 pm (4.30pm local time) IST. There are a total of 10 double headers (two matches back-to-back at the same venue) with Durban hosting half of these.
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    The schedule (All times IST):
    April 18: Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore (4 pm) at Cape Town; Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings (8 pm) at Cape Town
    April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers (4 pm) at Cape Town; Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab (8 pm) at Cape Town
    April 20: RCB V CSK (4 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    April 21: RR v MI (4 pm) at Durban; KKR v KXIP (8 pm) at Durban
    April 22: DD v CSK (4 pm) at Durban; RCB v DC (8 pm) at Cape Town
    April 23: KKR v RR (4 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    April 24: KXIP v RCB (4 pm) at Johannesburg
    April 25: KKR v CSK (4 pm) at Cape Town; DC v MI (8 pm) at Durban
    April 26: RR v KXIP (4 pm) at Cape Town; RCB v DD (8 pm) Port Elizabeth
    April 27: KKR v MI (4 pm) at Cape Town; CSK v DC (8 pm) at Durban
    April 28: DD v RR (4 pm) at Pretoria
    April 29: MI v KXIP (4 pm) at Durban; KKR v RCB (8 pm) at Durban
    April 30: DD v DC (4 pm) at Pretoria; RR v CSK (8 pm) at Pretoria
    May 1: RCB v KXIP (4 pm) at East London; MI v KKR (8 pm) at Durban
    May 2: RR v DC (4 pm) at Johannesburg; CSK v DD (8 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    May 3: MI v RCB (4 pm) at Durban; KXIP v KKR (8 pm) at East London
    May 4: DC v CSK (4 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    May 5: DD v KKR (4 pm) at Durban; KXIP v RR (8 pm) at Durban
    May 6: MI v DC (4 pm) at Pretoria
    May 7: KXIP v CSK (4 pm) at Pretoria; RCB v RR (8 pm) at Pretoria
    May 8: DD v MI (4 pm) at East London
    May 9: DC v KXIP (4 pm) at Bloemfontein; CSK v RR (8 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    May 10: KKR v DD (4 pm) at East London; RCB v MI (8 pm) at Johannesburg
    May 11: DC v RR (4 pm) at Bloemfontein
    May 12: RCB v KKR (4 pm) at Pretoria; KXIP v MI (8 pm) at Pretoria
    May 13: DC v DD (4 pm) at Durban
    May 14: MI v RR (4 pm) at Durban; CSK v RCB (8 pm) at Durban
    May 15: KXIP v DD (4 pm) at Kimberley
    May 16: CSK v MI (4 pm) at Johannesburg; DC v KKR (8 pm) at Port Elizabeth
    May 17: RR v DD (4 pm) at Kimberley; KXIP v DC (8 pm) at Johannesburg
    May 18: CSK v KKR (4 pm) at Pretoria
    May 19: DD v RCB (4 pm) at Johannesburg
    May 20: CSK v KXIP (4 pm) at Durban; RR v KKR (8 pm) at Durban
    May 21: DC v RCB (4 pm) at Pretoria; MI v DD (8 pm) at Pretoria
    May 22: Semi Final 1 at Pretoria
    May 23: Semi Final 2 at Johannesburg
    May 24: Final at Johannesburg.