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IPL 2020 schedule: What to know, what to expect and which teams are hit hard

The 2020 IPL schedule is finally here and we can’t stop gushing about the fact that the tournament is finally going to take off after months of anticipation. The initial conundrums surrounding Chennai Super Kings players who tested positive for the virus being sorted has ensured that the schedule hasn’t undergone much changes except the venues.

What to know about the venues?

The IPL will see matches being staged in three venues – Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. 

  • 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 13 in Sharjah. 
  • Sharjah is possibly the most batting friendly of the three venues.
  • Sharjah has hosted 14 T20Is, Dubai international cricket stadium has had 62 matches and the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi 45 T20 international matches.
  • There have only been six 200-plus totals registered in these three venues combined in T20Is, giving us an idea of the kind of wickets to expect for the tournament.
  • The average run-rate in each of these grounds is less than 7.5.

What to know about the structure of the schedule?

The IPL 2020 schedule was always going to follow the expected format but because of the venue shift and the time duration of the tournament, there are a few changes. 

  • There will be 10 double headers in all in IPL 2020
  • The first double header will only be played on October 3 meaning that for nearly two weeks the IPL will see just one match each.
  • All evening games start at 6PM UAE time or 7.30 PM IST.
  • There will be 46 days of league matches alone. 
  • The schedule does not include dates and venues for the play-offs and finals.

Which franchises are crippled?

Sunrisers Hyderabad – With England and Australia players now needing to serve six days of quarantine after their arrival from England following the ODI series, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be hit hard as David Warner and Jonny Bairstow will be missing from their ranks. The conundrum for them is that they will be without these two gun players for their first game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 21st. Their subsequent fixtures are against Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals. 

Mumbai Indians – The franchise opted to not add a spin option when Lasith Malinga ruled himself out of the season even when they were short-staffed in the spin department. With Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar their primary spinners, Mumbai seem to lack a potent spinner who can change games. Mumbai play 11 of their 14 league games in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, known for their slow wickets. They also face CSK, KKR and RCB, three very strong teams for this season, in their first three fixtures. 

Which franchises are benefited?

Kings XI Punjab – Kings XI Punjab might not be the most fancied team in the IPL for this season but they sure have a reasonable start to their fixtures with them set to face Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in their first three games. They, however, go on to meet MI, CSK and SRH on the bounce after that.

Chennai Super Kings – Even with key players missing, CSK are strong in the spin department and are benefited by the fact that they play two of their three games on the more batting friendly Sharjah wicket against Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, not the most potent batting line-ups in the league.

The spread of venues for franchises

Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders play a eight matches each in Abu Dhabi while the  Sunrisers Hyderabad will play eight of their matches in Dubai.

The Chennai Super Kings play seven games in Dubai. Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore also have seven fixtures each in Dubai. 

Rajasthan Royals play six matches in Dubai and five in Abu Dhabi, and three in Sharjah.

The full IPL schedule

September 19 — 7:30PM  ABU DHABI MUMBAI INDIANS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

September 20 — 7:30PM  DUBAI DELHI CAPITALS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

September 21 — 7:30PM  DUBAI SUNRISERS HYDERABADvs  ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

September 22 —  7:30PM  SHARJAH RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs  CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

September 23 — 7:30PM  ABU DHABI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs  MUMBAI INDIANS

 

September 24 — 7:30PM  DUBAI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

September 25 — 7:30PM  DUBAI CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

September 26 — 7:30PM  ABU DHABI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

September 27 — 7:30PM  SHARJAH RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

September 28 — 7:30PM  DUBAI ROYAL CHALLENGERS vs BANGALORE MUMBAI INDIANS

 

September 29 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI DELHI CAPITALS vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

September 30 –7:30PM  DUBAI RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 1 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs MUMBAI INDIANS

 

October 2 — 7:30PM  DUBAI CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

October 3 –3:30PM ABU DHABI ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 3 –7:30PM  SHARJAH DELHI CAPITALS vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 4 –3:30PM SHARJAH MUMBAI INDIANS vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

October 4 –7:30PM  DUBAI KINGS XI PUNJAB CHENNAI vs SUPER KINGS

 

October 5 –7:30PM  DUBAI ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 6 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI MUMBAI INDIANS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 7 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

October 8 –7:30PM  DUBAI SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

October 9 –7:30PM  SHARJAH RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 10 –3:30PM ABU DHABI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 10 –7:30PM  DUBAI CHENNAI SUPER KINGS ROYAL vs CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

October 11 –3:30PM DUBAI SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 11 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI MUMBAI INDIANS vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 12 –7:30PM  SHARJAH ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 13 –7:30PM  DUBAI SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

October 14 –7:30PM  DUBAI DELHI CAPITALS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 15 –7:30PM  SHARJAH ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

October 16 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI MUMBAI INDIANS vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 17 –3:30PM DUBAI RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

October 17 –7:30PM  SHARJAH DELHI CAPITALS vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

October 18 –3:30PM ABU DHABI SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 18 –7:30PM  DUBAI MUMBAI INDIANS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

October 19 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 20 –7:30PM  DUBAI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 21 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

October 22 –7:30PM  DUBAI RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

October 23 –7:30PM  SHARJAH CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs MUMBAI INDIANS

 

October 24 –3:30PM ABU DHABI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 24 –7:30PM  DUBAI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

October 25 –3:30PM DUBAI ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE vs CHENNAI SUPER KINGS

 

October 25 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI RAJASTHAN ROYALS vs MUMBAI INDIANS

 

October 26 –7:30PM  SHARJAH KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

October 27 –7:30PM  DUBAI SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs DELHI CAPITALS

 

October 28 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI MUMBAI INDIANS ROYAL vs CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

October 29 –7:30PM  DUBAI CHENNAI SUPER KINGS vs  KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

 

October 30 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI KINGS XI PUNJAB vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

October 31 –3:30PM DUBAI DELHI CAPITALS vs MUMBAI INDIANS

 

October 31 –7:30PM  SHARJAH ROYAL CHALLENGERS vs BANGALORE SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

 

November 1 –3:30PM ABU DHABI CHENNAI SUPER vs KINGS KINGS XI PUNJAB

 

November 1 –7:30PM  DUBAI KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS vs RAJASTHAN ROYALS

 

November 2 –7:30PM  ABU DHABI DELHI CAPITALS ROYAL vs CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

 

November 3 –7:30PM  SHARJAH SUNRISERS HYDERABAD vs MUMBAI INDIANS

 

Rohit Sankar is a freelance cricket journalist stuck in a love-hate live-in relationship with the game. To rile him up, mention the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Rohit has been writing about cricket for well over 10 years now, and has written for a variety of news and sports outlets over this time.

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