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    The 2011 DLF IPL season will get under way on Friday?April 8, 2011, with?reigning champions Chennai Super Kings playing Kolkata Knight Riders at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

    The ten teams will play a total of 74 matches at 13 venues over 51 days.

    In announcing the schedule, which was released on Wednesday, IPL chairman Chirayu Amin emphasised that it is subject to final approval:

    ''We are aware that State Assembly elections are planned in a number of the host cities. We are consulting the authorities and will confirm the schedule as soon as we are able to do so; in the meantime we have decided to release the provisional schedule to satisfy the massive level of interest in IPL across the country,'' he said.

    To qualify for the final, the top four teams in the league will have to negotiate a new play-off system that has been introduced for the 2011 season.

    In the new format, the teams finishing first?and second in the league stage will compete in the first play-off game, Qualifier 1. The winner will progress directly to the final, whilst the loser will have a second chance of reaching the final via the Qualifier 2 play-off match.
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