After witnessing a crazy bidding war at the auctions last December, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to begin from 23rd March when defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in what promises to be a pulsating encounter.
Fighting off the all-important general elections, the upcoming season has been divided into different phases to avoid a potential clash. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released the dates for the first phase - from 23rd March to 5th April - of the tournament.
ð¨ Announcement ð¨: The #VIVOIPL schedule for the first two weeks is out. The first match of the 2019 season will be played between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets
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The Indian cricket board has got clearance for 17 matches with the eight home venues of the respective franchises getting two matches each and Delhi getting to host three games in the first segment of the cash-rich T20 league. All teams will play a minimum of four matches with Delhi Capitals (DC) and RCB getting five games. Similarly, every team will play a minimum of two home and as many away games, barring DC who'll play three games at home and RCB who'll play three away matches.
According to a HT report, a senior BCCI official revealed that the complete schedule of the twelfth edition cannot be released together keeping the upcoming general elections in mind. With the whole tournament set to be played in India, the BCCI is trying to ensure that the dates of elections don't coincide with the matches.
“The full schedule will take some time as we need to wait for the general election dates to be released by the election commission. But for now, the dates of the first segment of the tournament is to be released. We all know the kind of arrangement that goes behind hosting elections and that is the priority,” the senior BCCI official told HT.
The IPL 2019 opener will pit two of the most popular and respected cricketers - Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni - against each other. While Dhoni-led CSK made a roaring comeback last season - winning the IPL 2018 title - following their two-year suspension in lieu to the spot-fixing case, Kohli's RCB had a forgettable outing last season.
Both the teams will be eager to begin their campaign on a winning note, but we're pretty sure there'll be no shortage of excitement or entertainment as two of the biggest names in international cricket would be seen competing against each other. Clearly, the announcement of the schedule for the first phase of the tournament that had CSK taking on RCB in the opening match got the fans excited.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings for the opener, all I can predict is if we win the first game and defeat Whistle Podu, we're all set to hold the cup this time. Srini Mama should help his fellow South Indian team this year. #EeSalaCupNamdhe— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 19, 2019
And RCB will lose again ð¶— Sana Rahman (@SanaRah40486684) February 19, 2019
Chennai super kings will win the cup— Vignesh (@Vignesh15951879) February 19, 2019 February 18, 2019
Spoiler: RCB is gonna lose pic.twitter.com/oZOClHlGqZ— Lesedi ð¿ð¦ (@Les_Ndlovu) February 19, 2019
Can't wait ð— Kinjal (Kartik Aryan) (@KinjalDamor) February 19, 2019