So the new season of IPL is upon us. This season is special because it marks the return of two franchises that were absent for the last two seasons. Yes, the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals are back. Cricket is a religion in India and IPL can be called as the religious festival by that sense. The breakaway win in the Nidahas Trophy and the manner in which India won it by Dinesh Karthik smashing a six off the last ball has increased the anticipation of the fans. The season brings on the 7th April and will culminate on the 27th May. The first match is between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings. The match will be played at the MI home ground Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Mumbai Indians are the only team to have won the tournament thrice. CSK has won it twice. CSK is the only team in the tournament to be lead by a single captain in all seasons. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be leading CSK this season also.

The tournament has eight teams and every team plays each other twice once home and away in a round-robin format. The top four teams make it to the playoffs. The top two teams play each other and the team that wins directly goes to the final. The team that loses does not go out but plays the winner of the third and the fourth-placed teams which play each other in an eliminator. The winner of the eliminator and the loser of the first match between the top two teams meet again to qualify for the final. Therefore the teams at the top tow spots get two chances to be in the final.

Some of the team composition rules (as of 2018 season) are as follows:

  • The squad strength must be between 18 and 25 players, with a maximum of 8 overseas players.
  • The salary cap of the entire squad must not exceed ₹80 crore.
  • Under-19 players cannot be picked unless they have previously played first-class or List A cricket.
  • A team can play a maximum of 4 overseas players in their playing eleven but there are some instances in IPL when teams have been played with less than 4 overseas players.

There are caps also which acts as a motivation for the players. There are two caps – orange and the purple cap. The orange cap is given to the batsman who is the highest scorer in the tournament. The cap starts to change heads after the first round. The same thing happens with the purple cap, it is awarded to the bowler who has the highest wicket in the tournament.

IPL 2018 Points Table with Net Run Rate

TEAMS P W L T NR PTS NRR
CSK 7 5 2 0 0 10 +0.54
SRH 7 5 2 0 0 10 +0.51
KXIP 7 5 2 0 0 10 +0.23
KKR 7 3 4 0 0 6 +0.06
RR 6 3 3 0 0 6 -0.80
MI 7 2 5 0 0 4 +0.03
RCB 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.45
DD 7 2 5 0 0 4 -0.48

Orange Cap Holder in IPL 2018

Ambati Rayudu (CSK) – 6 Matches – 283 Runs

Purple Cap Holder in IPL 2018

Trent Boult (DD) – 7 Matches – 11 Wickets

VIVO IPL 2018 Schedule (Time-table) with Venue:

S. No. Date/Time Location Teams
Match 1 7 April 2018, 8PM Mumbai MI vs CSK
2 8 April 2018, 4 pm Mohali DD vs KXIP
3 8 April 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs RCB
4 9 April 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs RR
Match 5 10 April 2018, 8PM CSK vs KKR
6 11 April 2018, 8PM Jaipur RR vs DD
7 12 April 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs MI
8 13 April 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs KXIP
9 14 April 2018, 4 pm Mumbai MI vs DD
10 14 April 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs SRH
11 15 April 2018, 4 pm Bengaluru RCB vs RR
12 15 April 2018, 8PM Indore KXIP vs CSK
13 16 April 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs DD
14 17 April 2018, 8PM Mumbai MI vs RCB
15 18 April 2018, 8PM Jaipur RR vs KKR
16 19 April 2018, 8PM Indore KXIP vs SRH
17 20 April 2018, 8PM CSK vs RR
18 21 April 2018, 4 pm Kolkata KKR vs KXIP
19 21 April 2018, 8PM Delhi DD vs RCB
20 22 April 2018, 4 pm Hyderabad SRH vs CSK
21 22 April 2018, 8PM Jaipur RR vs MI
22 23 April 2018, 8PM Indore KXIP vs DD
23 24 April 2018, 8PM Mumbai MI vs SRH
24 25 April 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs CSK
25 26 April 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs KXIP
26 27 April 2018, 8PM Delhi DD vs KKR
27 28 April 2018, 8PM CSK vs MI
28 29 April 2018, 4 pm Jaipur RR vs SRH
29 29 April 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs KKR
30 30 April 2018, 8PM CSK vs DD
31 1 May 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs MI
32 2 May 2018, 8PM Delhi DD vs RR
33 3 May 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs CSK
34 4 May 2018, 8PM Mohali KXIP vs MI
35 5 May 2018, 4 pm CSK vs RCB
36 5 May 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs DD
37 6 May 2018, 4 pm Mumbai MI vs KKR
38 6 May 2018, 8PM Mohali KXIP vs RR
39 7 May 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs RCB
40 8 May 2018, 8PM Jaipur RR vs KXIP
41 9 May 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs MI
42 10 May 2018, 8PM Delhi DD vs SRH
43 11 May 2018, 8PM Jaipur RR vs CSK
44 12 May 2018, 4 pm Mohali KXIP vs KKR
45 12 May 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs DD
46 13 May 2018, 8PM CSK vs SRH
47 13 May 2018, 8PM Mumbai MI vs RR
48 14 May 2018, 8PM Mohali KXIP vs RCB
49 15 May 2018, 8PM Kolkata KKR vs RR
50 16 May 2018, 8PM Mumbai MI vs KXIP
51 17 May 2018, 8PM Bengaluru RCB vs SRH
52 18 May 2018, 8PM Delhi DD vs CSK
53 19 May 2018, 4 pm Jaipur RR vs RCB
54 19 May 2018, 8PM Hyderabad SRH vs KKR
55 20 May 2018, 4 pm Delhi DD vs MI
56 20 May 2018, 8PM CSK vs KXIP
Qualifier 1 22 May 2018, 8PM Mumbai Teams to be announced
Eliminator 23 May 2018, 8PM Teams to be announced
Qualifier 2 25 May 2018, 8PM Teams to be announced
Final 27 May 2018, 8PM Mumbai Teams to be announced