The ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) will be played from April 9, 2016 to May 29, 2016. Both the opening match as well as the final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The first match of the tournament will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and new team Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). This will be followed on April 10 by a match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Delihi Daredevils (DD) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Then on April 11 Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on new team Gujarat Lions (GL) at PCA Stadium in Mohali.
On April 12 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face off against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Thus, within the first four days of the tournament each and every team will have played their opening matches. Two of the teams that have been an integral part of IPL history, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will not be a part of IPL 9 due to the repercussions of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
It will be interesting to see how the two teams go. Top four teams progress to the next round. The top two teams play each other and the winner of that match goes directly to the final. The losing team however will get another crack at making it to the final. They will face the winner between the team placed third and the team in fourth position in Qualifier 2. The winner of that match will face the winner of the Qualifier 1 in the final, which was played between the top two sides earlier.