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Published : Sunday, 7 March, 2021 at 4:48 PM  Count : 506
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday announced the schedule for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The season 14 opener of the cricketing extravaganza will take place between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9.

While the first match will be played in Chennai, the final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 30.
The tournament will be initially without the spectators, the Indian cricket board said.

"The IPL this year at home will be played behind closed doors to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

"The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimising risk," Shah said.

"After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in the UAE last year ... the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount," he added.

DATE MATCH TIME VENUE
9-Apr MI vs RCB 7:30 PM Chennai
10-Apr CSK vs DC 7:30 PM Mumbai
11-Apr SRH vs KKR 7:30 PM Chennai
12-Apr RR vs PK 7:30 PM Mumbai
13-Apr KKR vs MI 7:30 PM Chennai
14-Apr SRH vs RCB 7:30 PM Chennai
15-Apr RR vs DC 7:30 PM Mumbai
16-Apr PK vs CSK 7:30 PM Mumbai
17-Apr MI vs SRH 7:30 PM Chennai
18-Apr RCB vs KKR 3:30 PM Chennai
18-Apr DC vs PK 7:30 PM Mumbai
19-Apr CSK vs RR 7:30 PM Mumbai
20-Apr DC vs MI 7:30 PM Chennai
21-Apr PK vs SRH 3:30 PM Chennai
21-Apr KKR vs CSK 7:30 PM Mumbai
22-Apr RCB vs RR 7:30 PM Mumbai
23-Apr PK vs MI 7:30 PM Chennai
24-Apr RR vs KKR 7:30 PM Mumbai
25-Apr CSK vs RCB 3:30 PM Mumbai
25-Apr SRH vs DC 7:30 PM Chennai
26-Apr PK vs KKR 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
27-Apr DC vs RCB 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
28-Apr CSK vs SRH 7:30 PM Delhi
29-Apr MI vs RR 3:30 PM Delhi
29-Apr DC vs KKR 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
30-Apr PK vs RCB 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
1-May MI vs CSK 7:30 PM Delhi
2-May RR vs SRH 3:30 PM Delhi
2-May PK vs DC 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
3-May KKR vs RCB 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
4-May SRH vs MI 7:30 PM Delhi
5-May RR vs CSK 7:30 PM Delhi
6-May RCB vs PK 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
7-May SRH vs CSK 7:30 PM Delhi
8-May KKR vs DC 3:30 PM Ahmedabad
8-May RR vs MI 7:30 PM Delhi
9-May CSK vs PK 3:30 PM Bengaluru
9-May RCB vs SRH 7:30 PM Kolkata
10-May MI vs KKR 7:30 PM Bengaluru
11-May DC vs RR 7:30 PM Kolkata
12-May CSK vs KKR 7:30 PM Bengaluru
13-May MI vs PK 3:30 PM Bengaluru
13-May SRH vs RR 7:30 PM Kolkata
14-May RCB vs DC 7:30 PM Kolkata
15-May KKR vs PK 7:30 PM Bengaluru
16-May RR vs RCB 3:30 PM Kolkata
16-May CSK vs MI 7:30 PM Bengaluru
17-May DC vs SRH 7:30 PM Kolkata
18-May KKR vs RR 7:30 PM Bengaluru
19-May SRH vs PK 7:30 PM Bengaluru
20-May RCB vs MI 7:30 PM Kolkata
21-May KKR vs SRH 3:30 PM Bengaluru
21-May DC vs CSK 7:30 PM Kolkata
22-May PK vs RR 7:30 PM Bengaluru
23-May MI vs DC 3:30 PM Kolkata
23-May RCB vs CSK 7:30 PM Kolkata
25-May Qualifier 1 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
26-May Eliminator 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
28-May Qualifier 2 7:30 PM Ahmedabad
30-MayFinal7:30 PMAhmedabad

(All times in India Standard Time - IST)

A total of 56 group matches and the knockouts will be played across six venues that include Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai.

"The season will kickstart on 9th April, 2021 in Chennai with a high-octane clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore," BCCI said in its release.

"The world’s largest cricket stadium - Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, will host the Playoffs as well as the final on 30th May."
The stadium will be hosting the IPL matches for the first time.

There will be a total of 11 double headers. The afternoon games are slated for a 3:30 pm IST start while the evening games will have a 7:30 pm IST start.

"Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host 8 matches each," the BCCI release further said.

"One of the highlights of this edition of the IPL will be the fact that all matches will be played at neutral venues, no team will play at their home venue. All teams will play at 4 out of 6 venues during the league stage."

Last year's edition of the popular Twenty20 competition was held in the United Arab Emirates as India grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic.






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