IPL 2021: Phase 2 Commences to Bring Back the Fans


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The Indian Premier League 14 edition commenced in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday. It was suspended in the midway of the season in May due to rising Covid-19 cases in India. There is a total of 31 matches left in IPL 2021, and they will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, with the final set, started to play at the Dubai International Stadium on October 15.

Day 1: Highlights MI vs CSK

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Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his 6th IPL fifty in the first innings and finished on 88 off 58 balls as CSK posted 156/6. Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Adam Milne picked up two wickets each. Gaikwad added 81 runs with Ravindra Jadeja before Bumrah broke the partnership with Jadeja's wicket. MI struck in the first over of the innings, with Boult dismissing Faf du Plessis for a duck. Then, Milne and Boult dismissed Moeen Ali and Suresh Raina in the next two overs to reduce CSK to 7/3. It later became 24/4 in the Powerplay, with Milne getting MS Dhoni's wicket. Ambati Rayudu had to retire hurt after getting hit on the elbow. Mumbai Indians Hunting 157 to win, MI missed the plot while Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya were dismissed quickly, to leave at 94/6. Before that, Deepak Chahar had Quinton de Kock out LBW for 17 to give CSK their first breakthrough and succeeded it with the wicket of Anmolpreet Singh, whom he clean bowled. Shardul Thakur then resisted in his first over, taking the big wicket of Suryakumar Yadav.

Dwayne Bravo with an excellent last over, Mumbai Indians finishes on 136/8. With the win, Chennai Super Kings go at the top of the IPL 2021 Points Table. A well-deserved win for the Chennai Super Ki ngs. Remember, they started from the bottom after getting reduced to 24/4 in the Powerplay. Still, a brilliant partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Ruturaj Gaikwad put the proceedings back on track. Although Jadeja left, Gaikwad continued unbeaten on 88 to get CSK to 156/6. In reply, MI got a start, but there was no looking back once wickets began to tumble. Saurabh Tiwary scored a fifty, but the rate at which he scored wasn't enough to get over the line.

Day 2:  RCB vs KKR

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RCB will return to winning movements in its opening match of the second leg at Abu Dhabi today. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), even before they kickstart their campaign in the second leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), was in the news as their skipper Virat Kohli is all ready to step down from captaincy after the 2021 edition.

While undoubtedly the news earned all the attention, they will be looking to give their captain a proper farewell as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Abu Dhabi. The Virat Kohli-led side was phenomenal during India's leg as they scripted five victories out of seven league matches and are currently in the top 4.

As for Kolkata, the franchise will believe in starting fresh in the league as they lost many in the first half. They are currently second-last in the standings with just two wins and five losses.

Points Table

Team

Matches

Won

Lost

Net Run Rate

Points

Chennai Super Kings

8

6

2

+1.223

12

Delhi Capitals

8

6

2

+0.547

12

Royal Challengers Bangalore

7

5

2

-0.171

10

Mumbai Indians

8

4

4

-0.071

8

Rajasthan Royals

7

3

4

-0.190

6

Punjab Kings

8

3

5

-0.368

6

Kolkata Knight Riders

7

2

5

-0.494

4

Sunrisers Hyderabad

7

1

6

-0.623

2


Match Time Table

Match No

Match

Date

Time

Venue

1

Mumbai Indians  vs Chennai Super Kings

September 19, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

2

Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

September 20, 2021

7:30 PM

 Abu Dhabi

3

Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

September 21, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

4

Delhi Capitals  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

September 22, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

5

Mumbai Indians  vs Kolkata Knight Riders

September 23, 2021

7:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

6

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

September 24, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

7

Delhi Capitals  vs Rajasthan Royals

September 25, 2021

3:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

8

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings

September 25, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

9

Chennai Super Kings  vs Kolkata Knight Riders

September 26, 2021

3:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

10

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

September 26, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

11

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals

September 27, 2021

7:30 PM

 Dubai

12

Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Delhi Capitals

September 28, 2021

3:30 PM

Sharjah

13

Mumbai Indians  vs Punjab Kings

September 28, 2021

7:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

14

Rajasthan Royals  vs RCB

September 29, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

15

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings

September 30, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

16

Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Punjab Kings

October 1, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

17

Mumbai Indians  vs Delhi Capitals

October 2, 2021

3:30 PM

Sharjah

18

Rajasthan Royals  vs Chennai Super Kings

October 2, 2021

7:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

19

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings

October 3, 2021

3:30 PM

Sharjah

20

Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

October 3, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

21

Delhi Capitals  vs Chennai Super Kings

October 4, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

22

Rajasthan Royals  vs Mumbai Indians

October 5, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

23

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

October 6, 2021

7:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

24

Chennai Super Kings  vs Punjab Kings

October 7, 2021

3:30 PM

Dubai

25

Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Rajasthan Royals

October 7, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

26

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians

October 8, 2021

3:30 PM

Abu Dhabi

27

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals

October 8, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

28

Qualifier 1

October 10, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

29

Eliminator

October 11, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

30

Qualifier 2

October 13, 2021

7:30 PM

Sharjah

31

Final

October 15, 2021

7:30 PM

Dubai

The break in the middle of the season has led to several developments in the teams. Injuries and workload have made several withdrawals, while some have regained full fitness and sustained in their respective teams.