Sounds like a month or more packed with fun and frolic, mixed with a tinge of disappointments for some and joy for the others. Nevertheless, the IPL format this year has been unchanged except for the fact that the Kochi Tuskers will lose out on the opportunity to tussle for the cup. The brand new stadium in Pune is ready to bare a huge audience for its home team during the 8 encounters it’s scheduled to have. Pune warriors this time around are going to have the home advantage which they can hopefully turn it into a winning affair. Other non-home venues like Vizag, Cuttack and Dharmasala are suppose to host 2 games each as a neutral venue which can also turn out to be live-wire encounters.
The league will set out with the defending champions - Chennai Super kings - taking on the Champions of the Champions league 2011 - Mumbai Indians - in a fierce clash which is not to be missed at the most famous stadium in South India, the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. This league came down to a 72 matches while the other four being the playoffs making it a total of 76 clashes, whilst the 4 being played at Chennai and Bengaluru. Each team is ought to play 8 encounters, both home and away, which is scheduled to last till May 20, 2012. As aforesaid, the play offs would be hosted by the 2 finalists of 2011 edition with Bengaluru hosting one qualifier and also an eliminator on May 22 and 23 respectively.