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IPL 2021 to begin in Chennai on April 9 without spectators

Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium will host the playoffs as well as the May 30 final. Photo: Twitter/@IPL  

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will run from April 9 to May 30 across six venues with no team getting to play at home, its Governing Council announced on Sunday.

Despite COVID-19 surge, Mumbai has been named as one of the host cities and the tournament will be held behind closed doors at least in in the initial phase of the tournament.

The other venues are Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata. The Nardendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the final on May 30 as well as the play-offs.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai on April 9.

Each team is set to play at four venues during the league stage. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight matches each.

"One of the highlights of this edition of the VIVO 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," read an IPL statement.

IPL 2021 to begin in Chennai on April 9 without spectators
 

There will be a total of 11 double headers where six teams will play three afternoon matches and two teams will play two afternoon matches.

The afternoon games are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start while the evening games will have a 7:30 p.m. start.

"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.

"The VIVO 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," the statement read further.

The previous edition was played in the UAE amid the pandemic but since then the COVID-19 situation has improved drastically in India.

Date and DayMatchTime (IST)Venue
April 9, FridayMumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 10, SaturdayChennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 11, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 12, MondayRajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 13, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 14, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 15, ThursdayRajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 16, FridayPunjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 17, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 18, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders3:30 p.m.Chennai
April 18, SundayDelhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 19, MondayChennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 20, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 21, WednesdayPunjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad3:30 p.m.Chennai
April 21, WednesdayKolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 22, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 23, FridayPunjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 24, SaturdayRajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 25, SundayChennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore3:30 p.m.Mumbai
April 25, SundaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals7:30 p.m.Chennai
April 26, MondayPunjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
April 27, TuesdayDelhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
April 28, WednesdayChennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad7:30 p.m.Delhi
April 29, ThursdayMumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals3:30 p.m.Delhi
April 29, ThursdayDelhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
April 30, FridayPunjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 1, SaturdayMumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings7:30 p.m.Delhi
May 2, SundayRajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad3:30 p.m.Delhi
May 2, SundayPunjab Kings Vs Delhi Capitals7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 3, MondayKolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore7:30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 4, TuesdaySunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians7.30 p.m.Delhi
May 5, WednesdayRajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings7.30 p.m.Delhi
May 6, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings7.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 7, FridaySunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings7.30 p.m.Delhi
May 8, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals3.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 8, SaturdayRajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians7.30 p.m.Delhi
May 9, SundayChennai Super Kings v Punjab Kings3.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 9, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 10, MondayMumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders7.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 11, TuesdayDelhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 12, WednesdayChennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders7.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 13, ThursdayMumbai Indians v Punjab Kings3.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 13, ThursdaySunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 14, FridayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 15, SaturdayKolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings7.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 16, SundayRajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore3.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 16, SundayChennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians7.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 17, MondayDelhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad3.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 18, TuesdayKolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals3.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 19, WednesdaySunrisers Hyderabad v Punjab Kings3.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 20, ThursdayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians3.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 21, FridayKolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad3.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 21, FridayDelhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 22, SaturdayPunjab Kings v Rajasthan Royals7.30 p.m.Bengaluru
May 23, SundayMumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals3.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 23, SundayRoyal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings7.30 p.m.Kolkata
May 25, TuesdayQUALIFIER 17.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 26, WednesdayELIMINATOR7.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 28, FridayQUALIFIER 27.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
May 30, SundayFINAL7.30 p.m.Ahmedabad
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