Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni will be locked in another interesting battle in IPL final. © BCCI
The relaxing IPL 2018 has finally come with a glittering opening ceremony with Bollywood and cricket stars at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tonight. Stay updated with the Kalerkantho English over the mega cricket event.
The 2018 edition of the IPL was declared by tournament chairman Rajeev Shukla. The first match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will begin around 8:30pm Bangladesh Time after the opening ceremony.
Performance in the opening ceremony
Bollywood stars like Varun Dhawan, Prabhu Deva, Tamanna Bhatia, Jacqueline Fernandez, Mika Singh and Hrithik Roshan have performed in the opening ceremony while the IPL Opening Ceremony has the dance performance.
Rohit Sharma, captain of Mumbai Indians and MS Dhoni, captain of Chennai Super Kings, were present at the ceremony, according to the Indian Express report.
Toss: Chennai win toss, elect to bowl first
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has won the toss and has opted to field first against Mustafizur Rahman’s Mumbai Indians in the 11th edition of lung-opener of the Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium today.
Mumbai Indians: Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Jasprit Bumrah.
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Mark Wood.
New rules for IPL 2018
With the Indian Premier League beginning Saturday, here are some notable changes that will be seen during the course of the tournament. After the opening ceremony on Saturday, Chennai Super Kings will take on last edition's winners Mumbai Indians.
The Chennai team has returned after a gap of two years after having served a two-year ban following the spot-fixing scandal. MS Dhoni will lead the side and will take Rohit Sharma led Mumbai, Zeenews reported.
Following are the changes that have been introduced for the first time in the Indian Premier League.
BCCI has decided to use DRS in the IPL 11. The DRS will use HawkEye, UltraEdge and at an increased frame-rate per second. Each team will get one review per innings and the third umpire can access ball-tracking and UltraEdge.
Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez performed at the opening ceremony of IPL 2018.(BCCI )
In a move aping League football, the governing council of the IPL has introduced mid-season transfers. According to media reports, the window will be opened from Match no 28 to 42, for a period of just five days.
However, this window is for uncapped players only and only those who have not played more than games. The move could prove beneficial for franchises as the selling team can get some cash back which they spent during the auctions.