The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will be played between April 7 and May 27, 2018. The opening match will be between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who are returning from a two-year absence from the cash-rich tournament. It is a repeat of the 2011 final that the Super Kings won to lift the trophy for the first time. Mumbai Indians have since won three titles and surpassed them as the most successful team in the tournament's history. The venue for the opening match is Wankhede Stadium, which is also the venue for the final. Rajasthan Royals are also making a comeback into the league while the two-year spell of temporary inclusions Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions comes to an end. This season of the IPL was preceded by a marathon auction that saw a number of big names changing allegiances. MS Dhoni, Sures Raina and Ravindra Jadeja all return to the Chennai Super Kings while Ravichandran Ashwin will be captaining the Kings XI Punjab. Chris Gayle will also be playing for Punjab while Indian captain Virat Kohli will continue for Royal Challengers Bangalore.