IPL 2021 to kick off by MI vs CSK match in UAE
The remaining IPL matches, to begin with, Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings clash on September 19 in Dubai. The second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) will begin with a mouth-watering clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai in September 19. While the Rohit Sharma vs MS Dhoni will kick off the IPL 2021 Phase 2 in Dubai, the city will also host the first qualifier on October 10. Sharjah will host the eliminator and 2nd qualifier on October 11 and 13, respectively as per reports.
As per a report by Indian Express, Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will resume their rivalry with MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. Before the IPL 2021 was suspended, the two sides clashed with Rohit Sharma’s MI beating Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets.
Dubai International Stadium will play host to 13 of the remaining 31 games including the first qualifier and the final. Sharjah will host 10 games including the Eliminator and the second qualifier.
The first of seven double-headers is scheduled for September 25. Like last year, afternoon games will start at 3:30 PM IST (14:00 UAE time) while the regular evening games will begin at 7:30 PM IST (18:00 UAE Time). All teams will play at least one afternoon game, with the current league leaders Delhi Capitals penciled in to play as many as three. CSK, MI, KKR, and PBKS will all play two afternoon games each.
All teams will play two games each at Sharjah. Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, who played their home games at Abu Dhabi, will play three matches - most - at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium this season. All teams will play two games each at Sharjah. Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders, who played their home games at Abu Dhabi, will play three matches - most - at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium this season.
Teams that can qualify
All the four teams in the top-4 of the points table are looking good to qualify for the knockout stage. Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals also have a chance of qualifying for the qualifiers. Sunrisers Hyderabad with just two points to its name is most likely to finish the tournament at the bottom of the table unless it turns the fortune around in the second leg.