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    IPL schedule out, final in Johannesburg

    ALL SET: The Centurion Park in Pretoria (in picture) will host 12 of the 59 IPL games.

    ALL SET: The Centurion Park in Pretoria (in picture) will host 12 of the 59 IPL games.

    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.

    Next page: The full IPL schedule

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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.