IPL 2021 Schedule: The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League was stopped midway due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A total of 30 matches took place, with most of the teams playing half their quota of the league fixtures. Although, the situation outside the grounds were dire, but there were some terrific games that took place in the first half of the season. However, with the IPL Schedule being moved to September, and with the likelihood of fans returning to stadiums, the second half of the star studded league promises to be an exhilarating affair in the UAE.
The newest IPL Start Date is September 19, 2021. Here’s how the first half of the IPL 2021 Schedule and the IPL Time Table 2021 originally looked like.
|1||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||9th April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 2 wickets|
|2||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||10th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||DC won by 7 wickets|
|3||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||11th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||KKR won by 10 runs|
|4||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Punjab Kings||12th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||Punjab Kings won by 10 runs|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||13th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||MI won by 10 runs|
|6||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||14th April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 6 runs|
|7||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||15th April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RR won by 3 wickets|
|8||Punjab Kings Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||16th April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 6 wickets|
|9||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||17th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||MI won by 13 runs|
|10||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||18th April/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Chennai||RCB won by 38 runs|
|11||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Punjab Kings||18th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||DC won by 6 wickets|
|12||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||19th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 45 runs|
|13||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||20th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||DC won by 6 wickets|
|14||Punjab Kings Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||21st April/ Wednesday||3:30 PM IST||Chennai||SRH won by 9 wickets|
|15||Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK)||21st April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK won by 18 runs|
|16||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||22nd April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RCB won by 9 wickets|
|17||Punjab Kings Vs Mumbai Indians (MI)||23rd April/ Friday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||Punjab Kings won by 9 wickets|
|18||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||24th April/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Mumbai||RR won by 6 wickets|
|19||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||25th April/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Mumbai||CSK win by 69 runs|
|20||Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||25th April/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Chennai||Delhi Capitals win Super Over|
|21||Punjab Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||26th April/ Monday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||KKR won by 5 wickets|
|22||Delhi Capitals (DC) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||27th April/ Tuesday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||RCB won by 1 run|
|23||Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||28th April/ Wednesday||7:30 PM IST||Delhi||CSK won by 7 wickets|
|24||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)||29th April/ Thursday||3:30 PM IST||Delhi||MI won by 7 wickets|
|25||Delhi Capitals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)||29th April/ Thursday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||DC won by 7 wickets|
|26||Punjab Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)||30th April/ Friday||3:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||Punjab Kings won by 34 runs|
|27||Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK))||1st May/ Saturday||7:30 PM IST||Delhi||MI won by 4 runs|
|28||Rajasthan Royals (RR) Vs Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH)||2nd May/ Sunday||3:30 PM IST||Delhi||RR won by 50 runs|
|28||Punjab Kings Vs Delhi Capitals (DC)||2nd May/ Sunday||7:30 PM IST||Ahmedabad||DC won by 7 wickets|
After the success of IPL 2020 in the UAE, the BCCI made the call of hosting the second half of IPL 2021 in the UAE yet again. In spite of the virus still being out there, the residents in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi have largely been vaccinated, which creates a safer environment for players and staff.
The second half of IPL 2021 Phase 2 begins on September 19, and will be concluded on October 15. The Dubai International Stadium, Sharjah Stadium and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the three venues across which the games will be contested. The wickets in the UAE are usually batting-friendly, and the second half could turn out to be a serious run feast.
With the tournament to resume normal service from September 19, 2021, plenty of cricketing fans and experts will be back at it making statistical analysis and match predictions.
12 points from eight games. The Chennai Super Kings are in at 2nd with 10 points from seven. Meanwhile, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians are in at 3rd and 4th with 10 and eight points respectively.
Talking about records, Mumbai Indians have won the title on five separate occasions. Two of which have come in the last two years on the bounce. Chennai Super Kings are in at second with three IPL titles, with their last triumph in 2018. Kolkata Knight Riders have been champions twice, while Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals have won it one.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have been a part of three finals, having failed to win in either. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab, now the Punjab Kings, have been in the receiving end of two defeats in the finals. The Delhi Capitals made it to the finals of the IPL for the very first time last year, but were beaten comprehensively by the Mumbai Indians.
The 2nd of the COVID-19 Pandemic led to the BCCI calling of the season. However, it was a priority by the governing body to ensure that the remaining fixtures of the IPL 2021 are contested. After several meetings and discussions, the BCCI eyed the Mid-September to Mid-October window as the ideal dates. Although, England, Australia and even Sri Lanka were being tagged as possible venues, it was the United Arab Emirates that was once again picked as the alternative by the officials.
The UAE entirely hosted IPL 2020, and it did turn out to be a success. Other than that, they’ve also hosted the first half of IPL 2014 due to the general elections in India. Keeping all things in mind, the BCCI made the call of resuming the star studded league, with the first game (Match Number 30) to be hosted in Dubai, on September 19. The final of the tournament will be held on October 15.
|30||Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings||19 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|31||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||20 September, Monday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|32||Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||21 September, Tuesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|33||Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||22 September, Wednesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|34||Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||23 September, Thursday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|35||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||24 September, Friday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|36||Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||25 September, Saturday||2:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|37||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings||26 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|38||Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||26 September, Sunday||3:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|39||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||26 September, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|40||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||27 September, Monday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|41||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals||28 September, Tuesday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|42||Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings||28 September, Tuesday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|43||Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||29 September, Wednesday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|44||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings||30 September, Thursday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|45||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings||1 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|46||Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||2 October, Saturday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|47||Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings||2 October, Saturday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|48||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings||3 October, Sunday||3:30PM||Sharjah|
|49||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||3 October, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|50||Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings||4 October, Monday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|51||Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||5 October, Tuesday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|52||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||6 October, Wednesday||7:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|53||Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings||7 October, Thursday||3:30PM||Dubai|
|54||Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||7 October, Thursday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|55||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians||8 October, Friday||3:30PM||Abu Dhabi|
|56||Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||8 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|57||Qualifier 1||10 October, Sunday||7:30PM||Dubai|
|58||Eliminator||11 October, Monday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|59||Qualifier 1||13 October, Wednesday||7:30PM||Sharjah|
|60||Final||15 October, Friday||7:30PM||Dubai|
The first half of IPL 2021 was indeed a competitive. The Delhi Capitals under Rishabh Pant’s captaincy occupy the top spot with six wins, two defeats and 12 points. The further good news for Delhi fans is that Shreyas Iyer is expected to be back in the squad that adds further depth in quality.
MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings are in at second with 10 points, and have seemed to got their mojo back after an underwhelming last season. It will be interesting to see if they’re able to bury their poor performances that they had in the UAE the last time around, and go the distance for the 4th time in their franchise’s history.
RCB are on level terms with CSK with only the NRR being the difference. There’s plenty of expectation on Virat Kohli and his men, as they seem to have the struck the balance which was required for them to make to the final stages. As for five-time champions Mumbai Indians; they are in at 4th with eight points.
The Mumbai Indians are usually slow starters, and we could steadily see them get back to their element in the second half. In spite of them being at 4th, Mumbai do have the winning mentality accumulated with flair that makes them a dangerous unit for others.
Rajasthan Royals, are currently at 5th, and them missing out on Ben Stokes, Jofra Arhcer, Steve Smith as well as Jofra Archer in IPL Phase 2 could cost them a spot in the Play-Offs. The Punjab Kings under man-in-form KL Rahul could still do something special, whereas, the Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have a lot of work to do with them residing at the bottom of the league.
With still one half of the league to be played at neutral venues, things could still take a change. With most teams having star personalities in their respective locker, we can expect the Phase 2 to be exhilarating
The first half of IPL 2021 has seen some scintillating performances with the bat so far. Shikhar Dhawan leads the pile for the Delhi Capitals with 380 runs from eight games. Meanwhile, his countryman KL Rahul is in at the second spot with 331 runs for the Punjab Kings. Faf du Plessis has been in terrific form with the bat for Chennai and has 320 runs to his name, whereas, Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson have also exhibited fine stroke making ability.
|3||Faf du Plessis||CSK||7||320|
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Now talking about the bowlers, there have been quite a few surprise picks that have stood out in the IPL 2021. RCB’s Harshal Patel tops the charts through his variations, and has 17 wickets to his name from the seven games so far. The Delhi Capitals fast bowler Avesh Khan is in at second with 14 wickets, and has developed quite well for his side. The Million Dollar Man Chris Morris has also led by example for the Rajasthan Royals and has 14 wickets under his belt so far this season. Rahul Chahar and Rashid Khan are the two wrist spinners that are in the list as well.
With another half of the season still remaining, the fans can expect an exciting yet evenly matched contest between bat and ball. A fresher group of individuals with a better frame of mind could further increase the competitiveness, and quality in cricket.
The Live coverage and broadcast of the Indian Premier League will be done by Star Sports. Other than that, the games can also be streamed live on Hotstar. For Countries outside of India, here are a few other channels that will be broadcasting the second half of IPL 2021 .
Fans all around the globe are eagerly waiting for resumption of the most watched league in the world, and will have all eyes on it once the tournament gets back to business. The IPL 2021 will be broadcasted and streamed on various platforms. Star Sports will be covering the IPL 2021, and it can also be streamed on the Hotstar app. For countries apart from India, here is the list of channels they could tune in to for the IPL.
|South Africa||Super sports|
|New Zealand||Sky Sports|
|Hong kong||Now TV|
|Sri Lanka||Star Cricket|
|Papua New Guinea||EMTV|
|UK||Sky sports cricket|
|United States||Willow TV|