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IPL 2021 schedule announced: MI face RCB in opener on April 9, final on May 30

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.

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“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.

COMPLETE FIXTURES

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

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.

Source: timesofindia