Champions League T20 schedule announced


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Mumbai, June 29

The Indian Premier League III runners-up Mumbai Indians, led by batting great Sachin Tendulkar, will face South Africa’s Highveld Lions in the opening match of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg on September 10.

Mumbai Indians and IPL’s third-placed outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore have been placed in Group B along with Highveld Lions, South Australia Redbacks, and West Indies’ representative to be determined in late-July.

IPL champions Chennai Super Kingsare in Group A alongside the Twenty20 champions from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, the organisers announced today.

The final would be held at the Wanderers on September 26 while Durban and Centurion have been awarded the semi-finals on September 24 and 25 respectively.

The 10 competing teams have been divided into two groups of five for a round robin phase before the top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.

Matches have been evenly distributed across the four venues with each hosting at least five fixtures, including the final, the organisers said.

All 23 matches in the tournament would be broadcast in prime time in India starting at 5pm or 9pm IST, as per the schedule.

Group A - Chennai Super Kings, Warriors, Victorian Bushrangers, Wayamba Elevens, Central Stags.

Group B - Mumbai Indians, Highveld Lions, South Australian Redbacks, Royal Challengers Bangalore, West Indies Domestic T20 Champions. — PTI