With only four matches left in the remaining fixtures of league stages of IPL, only Mumbai Indians have cemented a place in the playoffs and one team(CSK) has been knocked out. The other six teams are still in the battle to enter the playoffs.
Four huge defeats consecutively have put DC into huge trouble. After seeming to be a title contender in the 1st half of the tour, they’ve put them into huge trouble. All they need is a win against RCB and RCB does need the same. This has put the match tomorrow into a cracker of a night. They need at least 2 of 3 scenarios given below to place a birth on the playoffs.
KXIP to lose against CSK, so that KXIP finishes with 12 points.
SRH to lose against MI and finish with 12 points.(Note: SRH has the second best better NRR).
KKR-RR result doesn’t affect much but their NRR must not overtake DC’s NRR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Like Delhi Capitals, RCB must also win their remaining match against DC. If they win against DC they will seal their playoffs birth. If they lose tomorrow, they are going to depend on other results for their qualification as their NRR is below KXIP and SRH.
KXIP to lose against CSK in today’s fixture.
Sunrisers to lose against Mumbai Indians and finish with 12 points.
Winner of KKR vs RR must not overtake RCB’s NRR.
Sunrisers are back on track after their two wins against DC and RCB and increasing their NRR to +0.555 and had a great leap to the 4th spot. They have the second-best NRR at present. Surprisingly they are the only team who need not depend on the other teams for their qualification and have their fate in their own hands.
Their job is simply to get a win in their next fixture, but the problem is they are going to face the mighty Mumbai Indians. So it’s a big fixture for them against MI in Sharjah. Win and get in or lose to be eliminated is what their task ahead.
Kings XI Punjab:
After coming back strongly with five wins in a row, RR’s fighting chase had brought them down. Their next match is against CSK today. If they win today, they will finish with 14 points and with an NRR better than the loser of RCB vs DC which is going to play tomorrow. Even if they win today against CSK, they have to depend on either of the two scenarios.
SRH to lose against MI (or)
RR vs KKR, the winning team must not win with a bigger margin.
If Punjab loses to CSK they will be eliminated.
They are coming back with two good fighting wins against MI and KXIP. The direct way for RR getting into the playoffs is to win against KKR today and Punjab to lose against CSK and Sunrisers lose to Mumbai Indians. Some long story is needed for RR to qualify for the playoffs. Even if they win today, they can get knocked if Punjab and SRH win as they have a better NRR than RR. If they lose they are eliminated today.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Their defeat against CSK is a huge blow for them at a crucial juncture. Since KKR has the second-lowest NRR(-0.467) and has the least qualification chances but they can qualify if they secure a win today.
The best they can do is to beat RR today and wait for KXIP and SRH to lose in their fixtures. In a clear picture, KKR and RR need a win with a big margin so that they can go in with a better NRR than KXIP and the loser of RCB vs DC.
In the last match both the teams played, they managed to score above 200 thanks to Samson for RR and Rahul for KXIP, especially Rahul with an end flourish to make a record-breaking 100 by an Indian Batsman and an Indian Captain.
RR vs KXIP:
The Royals will be seen boosted today after their previous match performance especially their opener Jos Buttler returning to their team. Some dangerous power-hitting can be seen today if they fire together.
But Buttler playing at the middle order will give them some solidity in place of David Miller so that their top-order will remain untouched after a good performance against CSK.
With RR’s top order looking strong, Shami can be the key bowler for KXIP today with the new ball along with Cottrell. These two has been threatening in both of the matches and can be helpful to get a good start with the ball.
Kings XI has held Gayle on the bench so far. With the grounds are smaller, will he be given a chance? Seeing the conditions Pooran will be given another chance it seems. But looking at the two leggies at RR, Gayle will also be a good option. It also seems too harsh to drop Pooran after two matches.
Stats and Strategy to look for:
Samson needs two more sixes to get passed 100 sixes in IPL and Maxwell with nine more to get passed the landmark.
Jos Buttler needs 97 runs to get an astonishing 6000 T20 runs.
Jofra Archer’s best figures of 3 for 15 comes against KXIP in 2019.
KXIP’s opening pair has an average of 50.8 which is the highest by any team since 2019 in IPL.
Likely 11s of both the teams:
Steven Smith (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jodra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, N Pooran/C Gayle, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, M Ashwin.
KL Rahul, one of the most reliable and consistent hitters on the Indian national team and IPL team Kings XI Punjab as well, becomes the captain to record the highest score in an innings. The right-handed hitter entered the team as a test specialist but soon established himself as an all-format player. He may not be part of the test team now, but he is the first-choice wicketkeeper-hitter in limited-overs cricket.
Rahul, who was India’s best hitter on the New Zealand tour, also leads Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 IPL. He is also in contention to take over as captain of India’s T20 after Virat Kohli retires; Here are some of the records he currently holds :
Only Indian to score a century in his ODI debut
18 months after his debut in the test team, KL Rahul had the opportunity to make his ODI debut in the absence of regulars Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. By opening the innings with fellow Karnataka player and KXIP teammate(now), Karun Nair, KL wrote history by becoming the first Indian batsman to score a century in his ODI debut.
Interestingly, KL Rahul hit a six to bring in his century, while India only needed one run to win in 46 balls. The right-handed prodigy went for the big shot and cleared the fence to create history, leading India to a victory in the series opener during the 2016 Zimbabwe tour.
KL Rahul was expected to fetch a large amount in the 2018 IPL auction, but the number of bids he received left fans stunned – he joined Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 Crore.
Returning to IPL after missing IPL 2017 due to a shoulder injury, the pressure was on Rahul to get the job done and he did not disappoint as he broke the record for the fastest half-century in IPL history in his first outing for KXIP. The opener reached the 50-run mark in just 14 deliveries, reaching the milestone in the third over. But soon after lost his wicket.
Centurion in all formats for INDIA
In less than a year after Rohit Sharma became the second centurion of all Indian formats, Rahul did the same and joined the elite roster in 2016. The Indian opener scored his first Test 100 against Australia in 2015. A year later, he scored his first ODI hundred on debut against Zimbabwe followed with a T20I century against the West Indies in August 2016. Rahul, so far, has scored five tests 100s, four ODI 100s, and two T20I hundreds.
Two records achieved today!
KL Rahul became the highest scoring Captain in IPL and also the highest score ever (in IPL) by an Indian. This feat comes after back-to-back drop catches from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was on fine hitting form and never looked tired throughout his innings. He faced 69 deliveries and scored 132 N.O.
Usually, when being promoted as the captain of a side, players feel pressure and underperform in most situations. But it is different here, considering the firepower KL has. He had established himself as a wicket-keeping batsman and is trusted by Virat Kohli in the white-ball format for all good reasons. He is the one for us in the future!!
Just after two days of beginning the Dream11 IPL 2020, we have witnessed a super over in yesterday’s match between DC and KXIP. We are on the 3rd day of the IPL 2020. Today is a South-Indian rival between SRH and RCB.
SRH vs RCB: A South-Indian rival
A rival that isn’t sound on verbal volleys between fans, but between players, there is some competition going every year. Right from the 2016 final of IPL, there is some good contest between these two teams. Some thrillers and some upsets were part of this clash.
SRH has the edge over RCB and has the head to head of 8-6. Since 2018, each teams has won 2 matches. There has never been a season with one team dominating the other completely.
Considering RCB, they are the one team which looks the strongest on paper right from the 1st season, but unfortunately in the 12 seasons they played they have qualified for 3 finals and never won any. But their loyal fans still have the hope, that their team will win a title for them.
Their problems with all the seasons they have played so far is their team is over-dependant on the duo Virat and AB. Also, they never had a good death bowler who can restrict the opponent. This season they have some answers for that by buying Chris Morris and Aaron Finch. With Dale Steyn already in their team, Morris would be a good addition to their bowling attack.
On the other side, SRH has never looked strong on the paper, but they have won a season beating RCB at 2016 and finishing runners up at 2018 losing against CSK. SRH has announced that David Warner will be leading their side this time after 2 seasons.
Stats and Strategy to look for
The duo of Ab and Virat is one of the toughest to bowl against, but both these batsmen are susceptible to legspin especially their googlies. With Rashid Khan on the other waiting at the bowlers end, will this end up in a good contest is the question. Well we will get the answer for this tonight.
Rashid Khan has an incredible economy of 5.6 in UAE which would be a threat for any teams with the tournament progresses.
Ab de Villiers is 3 short of 400 sixes in T20s and we are sure he will reach this feat tonight. But his partner Virat Kohli averages just 17.5 against SRH with a Strike Rate of 121. With RCB’s chances of winning, it lies heavily on AB and Virat and surely they will fire tonight.
Likely 11 of SRH and RCB
David Warner(c), Johnny Bairstow(wk), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Mohd. Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers(wk), Moeen Ali, S Dube, W Sundar, C Morris/ D Steyn, U Yadav, Saini , Chahal.
With just a day passed in the dream11 IPL 2020, we have seen some good cricket yesterday’s match between the rivals MI and CSK. There was some rustiness from the players since they were playing after a long break. Although the ground fielding was poor from both the sides, expecting the players to improve game after games.
The powerhouse DC vs the solid looking KXIP
It’s the second day of the Dream11 IPL 2020 and we are at match number 2. It’s the Iyer lead DC vs the KL Rahul lead KXIP. These two young captains have a point to prove as a captain, with Iyer already a proven captain in last year’s IPL. But these two teams are coached by some brilliantly experienced coaches in the likes of Ricky Ponting for DC and Anil Kumble for KXIP.
Interestingly, these two teams have never won the title. This time with the likes of KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, and Rishab Pant both the teams are serious contenders for the top 4 and even the title, especially DC with their team composition having players suiting for different roles. They are dynamic this year.
But both the teams will be under pressure and has a point to prove in today’s match. They have to find their strengths and weaknesses and adapt to the conditions so quickly. That’s where every team should look upon.
Stats and strategy to look for
Playing in Dubai, the average 1st innings score is 152. So a score of 160 will be par and teams must bowl according to the conditions to defend this total. Batting 1st team has won 25 times and batting 2d team has won 26 times. So it will tough to predict the results just with a toss of the match.
KXIP’s Mujeeb as a better record over both DC’s Rishab Pant and Hetmyer. He has dismissed both the batsmen twice each. So to dry up the firepower of DC, Mujeeb will play a key role in Punjab’s success in today’s match.
Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, and Chris Gayle are the serious batting firepowers of KXIP. But playing all three can make Punjab’s bowling vulnerable, with Mujeeb already a contender of overseas slots, they also need a foreign pacer to strengthen the bowling attack. So there may be chances of Chris Gayle playing a mentor role for the youngsters. Considering the recent form of both Maxwell and Pooran, obviously, they can’t drop both.
Ricky Ponting hinted that there is a bit of grass cover on Dubai wicket. So we can expect him playing three pacers. With Rabada and Ishant will be his obvious choice, Nortje or Daniel Sams will be his third choice. Provided an ample experience from their Indian spinners in the likes of Ravi Ashwin and Amit Mishra, Lamichchane might miss this game so that they give chance to the pacers in this track.
With Hetmyer, Rabada, and Daniel Sams featuring the starting 11, their third overseas can be one among Carey, Stoinis, and Keemo Paul. If Carey plays, they will be left to an option of just 5 bowlers. Stoinis and Paul can be handy with their cutters in the middle overs.
Glenn Maxwell has a good head to head with DC’s Ashwin scoring 107 of 49 balls but the other spinner Mishra has the upper hand over Maxwell dismissing 4 out of 5 times playing each other.
Likely playing 11 of DC and KXIP
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishab Pant(wk), S Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Alex Carey, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, K Rabada, Ishant Sharma, D Sams/ A Nortje.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul(c)(wk), M Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan, J Suchith / R Bishnoi, M Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Delays and discussions here and there and finally Dream11 IPL is set to begin on September 19, makes the Indian cricket fans keep buzzing. With the start of a play under pandemic situations, fans are kept alive by their franchise and are dominating the internet. This season of IPL can help us to forget how broken we are.
El Clasico – MI vs CSK: What to expect
No two teams have won so many IPL titles, no two teams have played more matches each other and no two teams have stayed till the end more number of times to entertain their fans. Not more than this needed to get an opening match for a cash-rich tournament and this clash is well suited to be called an El Clasico.
This clash is set to play at Abu Dhabi which is the base for Mumbai Indians. CSK to travel and no time to assess the conditions and are going to taste the conditions for the first time tomorrow which is a big challenge for the 3-time champions.
The change in the quarantine period for England and Australian players in the likes of Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood helps them to get into the team right from 1st match of the season.
Though MI has an edge over CSK in the head to head winning 8 out of the last 10 clashes, they have also never won their opening games since their last win in 2012.
In the absence of key-players like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, and Lasith Malinga, this clash will absolutely miss these legends in play. Especially CSK missing out both their MR.IPL and their only off-spinner, expecting how they turn the tables in today’s clash.
Stats to look for:
CSK’s pacer Deepak Chahar has dismissed MI’s skipper Rohit Sharma 2 times out of the 6 innings in the powerplay and has conceded only 29 runs in 24 balls. Waiting to see how Chahar going to play this time.
MI’s strong death bowling and CSK’s over dependant on MS Dhoni last year towards the end of the innings is one of the clashes we are waiting for. However, MI managed to pull things off where Bumrah dismissed CSK’s captain 3 times and conceded just 39 runs in 33 balls.
CSK’s success last year was taking early wickets in the powerplay. This helped MS to maneuver their spinners in the middle overs. They have taken 56 wickets since 2018 especially 25 wickets by Chahar. Will they continue this trend against the team which has a deep hard-hitting line-up.
The total scores by a team in a T20 match never got big in UAE. The average first innings score in Abu Dhabi in the last 2 years is just 140. This is due to the slowness and dryness in the pitch.
With the pitches getting slower in UAE, spinners will be the key to success. Mumbai Indians spinners put together has a total tally of 61 wickets while CSK’s Jadeja alone has 108 IPL wickets. This is where CSK’s strength lies.
Kieron Pollard had a tremendous CPL this year, scoring 207 runs at a strike-rate of 204. CSK has to tackle him with their key bowler Imran Tahir who dismissed Pollard 4 times in 16 matches and has a dot ball percentage of 50.
Our predicted playing 11 for the 1st match of Dream11 IPL2020
The most awaited IPL 2020 UAE schedule has been released today evening, with just a few days left to start of a delayed tournament. This made the craze among the fans to go peak. The league stages are scheduled to play from Sep 9th to Nov 3rd and the grand-finale on Nov 8th.
Schedule released: MI-CSK to open the tour
The most expected rivalry Mumbai Indians-Chennai Super Kings to kick start this cash-rich tournament. This rivalry is summed-up like the El-Classico by their fans which is a fitting opener for this grand tournament.
This tournament is planned to be hosted only in three venues Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. After the first game in Abu Dhabi, the game heads to Dubai to host DC vs KXIP. The venues for playoffs will be announced later.
The night matches are scheduled to start at 7:30 pm IST and 6:00 pm UAE time and there are a total of 10 double-headers with the evening match is set to start at 3:30 pm IST and 2:00 pm UAE time.
Some key rivals in Dream11 IPL 2020 are,
MI vs CSK on Sep 19th – a reverse fixture on 23rd of October
RCB vs MI on Sep 28th – a reverse fixture on 28th of October
CSK vs RCB on Oct 10th – a reverse fixture on 25th of October
MI vs KKR on Sep 23rd – a reverse fixture on 16th of October
Hope it turns out to be a cracker of a season, so it can lift the mood of people suffering from lockdown due to COVID-19 crisis.
Stay Tuned for more updates on the upcoming Dream11 IPL 2020
The new dates for IPL 2020 have been confirmed by the IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel to be from September 19 – November 9 and will be hosted in the UAE. The detailed schedule is yet to be announced.
Welcome to the part-2 of the IPL series. In the previous part, we analyzed the strengths and weaknesses and the playing 11 of both Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. Hope you enjoyed the part-1 of this series. Let’s get into the part-2.
In this part, we are going to see about two teams which are strong in the paper- Royal challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad. These two southern teams are completely different in their nature of playing.
Royal Challengers Bangalore lead by their aggressive captain Virat Kohli. Some great players were part of this franchise in the past. Even though they had some great players in the past, they haven’t won the IPL trophy, but never failed to entertain us by their gameplay. Memories and agonies were part of this franchise, but their fans never let them down. Arguably one of the best fanbases of IPL.
Their top-order has always been their strength right from season one. This season they have a good mix of Indian and foreign batsmen. They have good contenders for the opening slot. Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, and Josh Philippe. Out of these four, Finch will be a goto opener. The Australian has quite good success in T20 although being inconsistent in IPL. Parthiv Patel can crack the opening slot as he is a keeper-batsman. Padikkal and Philippe are two exciting youngsters, expected to be given a chance in the mid-season of IPL 2020.
Following the openers, the no. 3 batsman will be obviously their captain Virat Kohli. He had lead from the front for his team in the past and expected to do the same with his batting partner AB de Villiers.
Middle and Lower-middle order:
Up at no. 4, Ab de Villiers will be a goto batsman for RCB wherever they play. Mr.360 has played some unbelievable innings for them in their past. Even though being out of international cricket, Abd is expected to play the same as he did before. A class player can never be written off.
Going to no.5 position, Shivam dube an exciting and promising youngster will come into play. An aggressive left-hander can be given a role to finish the games for his team. Another prospect is, Dube can bowl too. This add some vareity and strength to the RCB bowling attack.
Chris Morris must be their no.6 batsman. This hard-hitting right-handed batsman will be a good addition for RCB to finish close games for them. RCB had missed this kind of finisher in the previous years by missing depth in their batting. Moeen Ali may replace Morris in spin-friendly pitches. Following up, Washington Sundar can be a good no. 7 batsman. This all-rounder is a handy off-spinner. Sundar played a vital role for RPS during 2017 playing under Steve Smith.
They have a good attack this season with South Africa’s Dale Steyn leading the attack. Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini are the other two pacers for RCB. Saini can be a good death bowler too, this can reduce runs leaked by RCB in the death overs. Considering spinners, Yuzi Chahal has a lot of work to do for his team supported by Washington Sundar.
Strengths and weaknesses:
RCB’s strength has always been their top-order batsmen. Having players like Aaron Finch, V Kohli, and AB de Villiers RCB’s top order is strong. But the question is, do they have a promising finisher who can finish the games? Well, the answer is, No! Their depth in the batting line-up has always been questioned when the top order fails to give a good start. Their pace attack is good after the inclusion of Dale Steyn in the previous season of IPL, but their death bowling is always been a question mark.
RCB’s probable playing 11:
Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel(wk), Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris/Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar/Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, N Saini, Y Chahal.
Pawan Negi will feature in the 11, in case Moeen Ali plays to provide variety in spin-friendly pitches.
And if they need depth in their batting line-up, the following 11 will be handy,
Aaron Finch, Parthiv Patel(wk), Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, P Negi, Umesh Yadav, N Saini, Yuzi Chahal.
Sunrisers Hyderabad led by David Warner has been an exciting side to watch out for this season of IPL. Having led the team to the victory against RCB in 2016, David Warner has been called to captain SRH once again this season, amidst Kane Williamson’s good captaincy run in 2018. One time IPL winner has a lot of things to work on their team
Arguably SRH has one of the dream top 3 in IPL history. Led by their Captain David Warner and their keeper-batsman Johnny Bairstow as the opening pair Kane Williamson will be their no. 3 batsman. Both the openers had given some great starts to SRH’s innings in the last season of IPL, especially Warner had a dream season last year scoring 692 runs in 12 matches.
Kane Williamson at no. 3 may play a sheet-anchor role for SRH, ensuring to stay till the very end of SRH’ innings. Williamson not had a great season last year scoring 156 runs in 9 matches, soon after he was dropped from 11 due to injury reasons.
Middle and Lower-middle order:
Up at no.4, Manish Pandey will be a good option for SRH. This Karnataka middle order batsman has a point to prove this season of IPL, as it can be step to cement his place in the Indian batting lineup. Pandey is an extraordinary fielder who can save lot of runs for his team both inside and outside the 30-yard circle.
Vijay shankar will be my no. 5 batsman for SRH. Vijay shankar can bat as well as bowl, which adds luxury for the captain in using their bowlers. No. 6 will be the young Abhishek Sharma, who’s intent is to play aggressively or they may try W Saha. But trying Saha at lower down the order in t20s won’t be effective in my opinion.
Rashid Khan will be my no. 7 batsman. Rashid has evolved as a hard-hitter by playing in various T20 leagues around the world. The legspinner batting at this form is an asset for SRH’s playing 11.
SRH has a decent Indian pace attack whom can one always rely on led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi has been in and out of the Indian team since last year’s WC due to injuries and has a point to prove in this season of IPL as the pacers in the Indian side is getting stronger with their performances.
Siddarth Kaul has impressed everyone with his performance for SRH in their previous two years of IPL. Then their third pacer will be either Khaleel Ahmed or Sandeep Sharma. As Khaleel is a left-arm medium-pacer, I would go with him in my 11. But if we consider the slower ones from Sandeep Sharma which will be handy in dry and slow conditions, he may get into the playing 11.
Considering Spinners, Shahbaz Nadeem will support Rashid khan in the spin attack. As the conditions are dry in UAE, these two will be handy against any opposition.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
SRH’ strength is similar to RCB. Their top 3 batsmen are their strengths in their batting line-up. Their weakness is they don’t have a proper finisher who end games well for them. They miss a proper power-hitter who can play towards the end of their innings.
Considering their bowling, it has always been their strength for years. They have a decent pace attack and having Rashid Khan in their spin attack is always a strength for any team. Their weakness is they don’t have a proper offspinner and they don’t have variety in their spin attack.
SRH’s probable playing 11:
David Warner(c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma/ W Saha/Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.
Priyam Garg, a promising youngster will be my 12th man of this team. If he gets into the playing 11, he will play in place of Abhishek Sharma but he’ll play at no.3 and the other players will play accordingly.
If they need depth in their batting line-up, the following 11 will come to play,
David Warner(c), W Saha(wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, M Nabi, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Rashid khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, S Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.
Hope you enjoyed this part. See you soon with a new pair of teams
Ipl 2020 Date is announced and to get regular updates Stay Tuned
The contractual agreement of BCCI with Vivo, sponsors of the Indian Premier League title, is about to be withdrawn ahead of the 2020 season. The Chinese mobile phone maker, which had been discussing the results with BCCI as recently as the last week, he found himself at the end of a backlash on social media after the Governing Council meeting, he decided to stick with his sponsors for IPL 2020. This outrage has its roots in diplomatic and border tension between India and China.
Neither BCCI nor Vivo has confirmed the development. Senior franchise officials have confirmed to Cricbuzz that development has not been officially communicated to them and have instructed BCCI to develop a contingency plan, if necessary. It is still unclear if the division could be for just one year or more.
Vivo’s withdrawal, a setback to IPL
Vivo’s withdrawal at 11 am is a severe blow to the IPL and its franchises in an already difficult financial climate amid the pandemic. Vivo retained the IPL Title Sponsorship Agreement in 2017 with a winning bid of INR 2.199 crore for five seasons (2018-2022).
It represented a massive jump of 454% in the title contracts concluded in the 2012-17 cycle. It meant that BCCI would receive approximately INR 440 crore per season from the IPL, which it will now have to recover.
Franchises, closely monitor developments as they increase their pre-season financial planning. The Royal Challengers Bangalore, for example, may already lose an approximate INR 35 crore in entry revenue with the tournament moving to the United Arab Emirates and likely played in empty spots.
Under the revised (in 2018) revenue-sharing agreement between BCCI and IPL franchise owners, teams would receive 50% of the revenue from core rights, including broadcast, title, and other sponsorship deals reached by the board.
So roughly INR 220 million rupees from the title rights agreement would be divided into eight teams, equivalent to average participation of INR 25 million rupees per season for a franchise. Since the teams have to incur additional expenses to fly to the UAE and establish their base there, the franchises are anxiously waiting to see if the BCCI can make up for this loss with a new deal.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its meeting of the Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL) decided to hold the 13th edition of the cash-rich tournament from September 19 to November 10.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at its meeting of the Indian Premier League Governing Council (IPL) decided to hold the 13th edition of the cash-rich tournament from September 19 to November 10.
The tournament will see matches starting at 7:30 PM IST and will also witness 10 doubles. In the case of a doubleheader, the first match will start at 3:30 p.m. IST
It was decided to take the IPL to another week and that the final will be played on November 10 stated a BCCI official, speaking to IANS.
In order to ensure there is enough space between games considering the strict protocol, 10 doubles have been planned, added the BCCI Official.
IPL Finals on Nov 10th
“We have decided to go up until November 10, so the final will be held on a business day for the first time. Also, to ensure there are enough gaps between games taking into account the travel environment and biosecurity and taking all of these things into account, we will have 10 double heads this season, ”the official revealed.
The official said it will be 7:30 PM IST for the evening games when asked about the start time. “We have decided to bring it up 30 minutes after normal IPL hours, which are 8 p.m. for night games and we will start at 7:30 instead.”
If the issue of fans entering the stadium was discussed at the meeting, the official said these things can be addressed in consultation with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB).
The BCCI is also optimistic about getting full clearance from the government in the coming week to move the tournament to the UAE.
“BCCI has received approval from the Sports Ministry and we hope to have a positive response from the other departments as well very soon,” a BCCI official told IANS on Saturday.