It’s been more than four months since the stadium lights were last turned on for the 2021 IPL season, yet this weekend, the world’s most popular limited-overs cricket tournament returns to end the season.
Now in the UAE and likely acting as a test run for the world’s best short form cricketers as they prepare for the T20 World Cup, which kicks off next month and is also played outside the UAE, the The conclusion of the 2021 IPL will be like no other.
How to watch the 2021 IPL season
The remainder of the 2021 IPL season will air on ESPN +.
- Dates: Matches from September 19 to October 15, including the final.
- Transmission: All games in the US will air on ESPN +
IPL 2021 Schedule
|Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians||September 19th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||September 20||10 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||September 21st||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||September 22||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders||September 23||10 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||24th September||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||September 25th||6 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Sunrises Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings||September 25th||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders||September 26||6 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians||September 26||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals||September 27th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Capitals||September 28||6 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings||September 28||10 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||September 29th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Hyderabad Sunrises vs Chennai Super Kings||September 30th||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Punjab Kings||October 1st||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals||October 2nd||6 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings||October 2nd||10 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings||October 3||6 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||October 3||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings||4th of October||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||October 5th||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||October 6||10 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings||October 7||6 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals||October 7||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Sunrises Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians||October 8th||6 a. M. ET||Abu dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Capitals of Delhi||October 8th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Qualifier 1||October 10th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
|Eliminator||October 11th||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Qualifier 2||October 13||10 a. M. ET||Sharjah|
|Final||October 15th||10 a. M. ET||Dubai|
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IPL season 2021: where we left off
It was an electrifying start to the 2021 campaign for the Delhi capitals, winning six of eight. Shikhar Dhawan certainly helped, setting the pace for the entire tournament with 380 runs at a pace of 66.20 and a hit rate of 136.21.
Where are the IPL stars?
It’s the IPL, so each team is stacked. However, with Test cricket during the IPL break, a fast looming T20 World Cup, and inevitable injuries, not all of cricket’s brightest stars will return.
A short list of the biggest stars missing from the rest of the tournament:
- Pat Cummins (Calcutta / Australia)
- Jos Buttler (Rajasthan / England)
- Adam Zampa (RCB / Australia)
- Riley Meredith (Punjab / Australia)
- Daniel Sams (RCB / Australia)
- Jofra Archer (Rajasthan / England)
- Ben Stokes (Rajasthan / England)
- Jonny Bairstow (Sunrises / England)
- Chris Woakes (Delhi / England)
- Dawid Molan (Rajasthan / England)
Will players have to quarantine themselves?
All players had to complete six days of quarantine upon arrival in the United Arab Emirates.
Will fans be allowed into the stadiums?
For the first time since 2019, fans will be able to enter the IPL stadiums, and the defending champion Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium as the first chance for fans.
“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans back to the stadiums after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation,” said an IPL statement.
“The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with limited seats available taking into account COVID protocols and UAE government regulations.”
Table of IPL 2021
Here is the table of IPL 2021 when play resumes on September 19:
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.