The Indian Premier League 2018 will kick off with the defending champions Mumbai Indians hosting Chennai Super Kings, according to a report in the Deccan Chronicle.

The tournament begins on 7th April and the opening fixture has many people excited as it should be an entertaining match-up.

The Chennai Super Kings have won the tournament twice and will travel to the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday 7th April to face the Mumbai Indians.

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The IPL has built up a reputation for being the richest cricket tournament in the world with players being auctioned for millions of pounds, including England player Ben Stokes.

This is the 11th edition of the tournament and it is expected to be one of the best ever as eight teams will battle to become the best.

Mumbai Indians will be hoping to secure a second title in succession after they performed so well last year to claim the trophy.

However, with the other sides strengthening their squads significantly, it will be tough for them to repeat their heroics again this year.

The venue for the final has also been revealed. It will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on 27th May and it really is difficult to predict which two sides will reach that stage of the tournament.