Ban­ga­lore likely to host IPL fi­nal; Pune’s new base is Visakha­p­at­nam

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NEW DELHI: Ban­ga­lore is likely to host this sea­son’s IPL fi­nal in­stead of Mum­bai, while debu­tants Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants will shift their home base to Visakha­p­at­nam as the Bom­bay high court dis­al­lowed matches in drought-bat­tered Ma­ha­rash­tra this May.

The sulk­ing Mum­bai In­di­ans sought time till Sun­day to pick their stand-in home city af­ter the top brass of the cash-rich T20 cricket league gave the two Ma­ha­rash­tra fran­chises four op­tions on Fri­day — Raipur, Jaipur, Visakha­p­at­nam, and Kan­pur — to choose from.

Other than the fi­nal, which Mum­bai was sup­posed to host on May 29, the qual­i­fier 1 play­off too could go to Ban­ga­lore as the court or­der forced the BCCI to re­set the sched­ule. The other two play­offs — qual­i­fier 2 and elim­i­na­tor — will be held at the Eden Gar­dens in Kolkata.

The court di­rected the BCCI to shift all IPL matches af­ter April 30 from Ma­ha­rash­tra, which is grap­pling with the worst early sum­mer drought in years.

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