IPL: Mumbai Indians to take on CSK in opening match on Sept 19 in Abu Dhabi

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on September 06, 2020 Published on September 06, 2020

Mumbai Indian’s captain Rohit Sharma and CSK captain MS Dhoni

The 53-day tournament will the longest in the history of the league

The schedule for the upcoming Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020 to be held in UAE was announced by the IPL Governing Council on Sunday. The season will kickstart on September 19 in Abu Dhabi with a blockbuster clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, the statement said.

After the tournament opener on Saturday, Dubai will host its first game on Sunday (September 20) when Delhi Capitals take on Kings XI Punjab followed by the third match on Monday (September 21) between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore, it said.

The IPL was initially set to be conducted in India, but was shifted to the UAE due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 in the country.

The IPL action will shift to Sharjah on Tuesday, September 22, where Rajasthan Royals will host Chennai Super Kings.

There will be 10 double headers with the first match starting at 3:30 pm IST and 2:00 pm UAE time. All evening matches will start at 7:30 pm IST and 6:00 pm UAE time. In all, 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah, the statement said. Venues for the playoffs and the Dream11 IPL 2020 final will be announced later, it said.

The upcoming 53-day edition of the IPL is by far the longest in the history of the league. Precautionary measures will be taken to ensure the players’ safety amid the pandemic, with teams staying in a bio-secure bubble.

The schedule, expected to be out in the last week of August, got delayed due to 13 personnel of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp testing positive for Covid-19.

The full schedule: Dream11 IPL 2020 season schedule

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Published on September 06, 2020
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