IPL to start on April 9, Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore first

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The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) will start on April 9 and its final will be held on May 30, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday. Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the season which will be played in Chennai.

The matches will be played in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata, the BCCI said. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host the final and the rest of the playoffs.

All matches will be played behind closed doors, with the BCCI saying that a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament.

Each team will 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.

The board said that matches have been designed in such a way that each team will travel only three times during the league stage.

“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 four out of six venues during the league stage,” said the BCCI in its statement.

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. IST start while the evening games will have a 7.30 p.m. start.

Full schedule:

  1. April 9, Friday 7.30 PM, Chennai: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  2. April 10, Saturday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals
  3. April 11, Sunday 7.30 PM Chennai: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  4. April 12, Monday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings
  5. April 13, Tuesday 7.30 PM Chennai: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
  6. April 14, Wednesday 7.30 PM Chennai: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  7. April 15, Thursday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals
  8. April 16, Friday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Punjab Kings vs Chennai Super Kings
  9. April 17, Saturday 7.30 PM Chennai: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
  10. April 18, Sunday 3.30 PM Chennai: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  11. April 18, Sunday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings
  12. April 19, Monday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
  13. April 20, Tuesday 7.30 PM Chennai: Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians
  14. April 21, Wednesday 3.30 PM Chennai: Punjab Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
  15. April 21, Wednesday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
  16. April 22, Thursday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
  17. April 23, Friday 7.30 PM Chennai: Punjab Kings vs Mumbai Indians
  18. April 24, Saturday 7.30 PM Mumbai: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  19. April 25, Sunday 3.30 PM Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  20. April 25, Sunday 7.30 PM Chennai: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals
  21. April 26, Monday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Punjab Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  22. April 27, Tuesday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  23. April 28, Wednesday 7.30 PM Delhi: Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
  24. April 29, Thursday 3.30 PM Delhi: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
  25. April 29, Thursday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
  26. April 30, Friday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  27. May 1, Saturday 7.30 PM Delhi: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
  28. May 2, Sunday 3.30 PM Delhi: Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
  29. May 2, Sunday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Punjab Kings Vs Delhi Capitals
  30. May 3, Monday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  31. May 4, Tuesday 7.30 PM Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians
  32. May 5, Wednesday 7.30 PM Delhi: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
  33. May 6, Thursday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings
  34. May 7, Friday 7.30 PM Delhi: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings
  35. May 8, Saturday 3.30 PM Ahmedabad: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals
  36. May 8, Saturday 7.30 PM Delhi: Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
  37. May 9, Sunday 3.30 PM Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings v Punjab Kings
  38. May 9, Sunday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad
  39. May 10, Monday 7.30 PM Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
  40. May 11, Tuesday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Delhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals
  41. May 12, Wednesday 7.30 PM Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
  42. May 13, Thursday 3.30 PM Bengaluru: Mumbai Indians v Punjab Kings
  43. May 13, Thursday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals
  44. May 14, Friday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals
  45. May 15, Saturday 7.30 PM Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders v Punjab Kings
  46. May 16, Sunday 3.30 PM Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore
  47. May 16, Sunday 7.30 PM Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
  48. May 17, Monday 3.30 PM Kolkata: Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad
  49. May 18, Tuesday 3.30 PM Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
  50. May 19, Wednesday 3.30 PM Bengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Punjab Kings
  51. May 20, Thursday 3.30 PM Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians
  52. May 21, Friday 3.30 PM Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad
  53. May 21, Friday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings
  54. May 22, Saturday 7.30 PM Bengaluru: Punjab Kings v Rajasthan Royals
  55. May 23, Sunday 3.30 PM Kolkata: Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals
  56. May 23, Sunday 7.30 PM Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings
  57. May 25, Tuesday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Qualifier 1
  58. May 26, Wednesday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Eliminator
  59. May 28, Friday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Qualifier 2
  60. May 30, Sunday 7.30 PM Ahmedabad: Final

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