It has been more than four months since the stadium lights last turned on for the 2021 IPL season, but this weekend the world’s most popular limited-overs cricket tournament returns to end the season.
Now staged in the United Arab Emirates and probably acting as a dry run for the world’s greatest short form cricketers as they prepare for the T20 World Cup, starting next month and also playing out of the United Arab Emirates, the conclusion of IPL 2021 will be like no other.
How to watch the IPL season 2021
The remainder of the 2021 IPL season will air on ESPN +.
- Appointment: Matches from September 19 to October 15, including the final.
- Diffusion: All games in the United States will be broadcast on ESPN +
Click here to learn more about streaming on ESPN +.
IPL 2021 Calendar
|Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians||September 19||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Calcutta Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||September 20||10 a.m.ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals||September 21||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad||September 22||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Mumbai Indians vs. Kolkata Knight Riders||23 september||10 a.m.ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings||September 24||10 a.m.ET||Sharjah|
|Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals||September 25||6 a.m. ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Punjab Kings||September 25||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 27||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Delhi Capitals||September 28||6 a.m. ET||Sharjah|
|Indians of Mumbai against the kings of Punjab||September 28||10 a.m.ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||September 29||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad vs. Chennai Super Kings||September 30||10 a.m.ET||Sharjah|
|Calcutta Knight Riders vs. Punjab Kings||October 1st||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Indians of Mumbai against the capitals of Delhi||October 2||6 a.m. ET||Sharjah|
|Rajasthan Royals vs. Chennai Super Kings||October 2||10 a.m.ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Punjab Kings||October 3||6 a.m. ET||Sharjah|
|Calcutta Knight Riders vs. Sunrisers Hyderabad||October 3||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Delhi Capitals vs. Chennai Super Kings||October 4||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians||October 5||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|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians||October 8||6 a.m. ET||Abu Dhabi|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals||October 8||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Qualifier 1||October 10||10 a.m.ET||Dubai|
|Eliminator||October 11||10 a.m.ET||Sharjah|
|Qualifier 2||October 13||10 a.m.ET||Sharjah|
|Final||October 15||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, scoring six of eight wins. Shikhar Dhawan certainly helped, setting the pace for the entire tournament with 380 runs at a clip of 66.20 and a strike rate of 136.21.
Where are the IPL stars?
This is the IPL, so each team is stacked. However, with Test cricket during the IPL break, a 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 (Kolkata / 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 (Sunrisers / England)
- Chris Woakes (Delhi / England)
- Dawid Molan (Rajasthan / England)
Will players have to quarantine themselves?
All players were required to undergo six days of quarantine upon arrival in the UAE.
Will supporters be allowed to enter the stadiums?
For the first time since 2019, fans will be allowed to enter IPL stadiums, defending champions Mumbai Indians take on the Chennai Super Kings at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, the first chance for fans.
“This match will be a momentous occasion as IPL will welcome fans to the stadiums after a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 situation,” an IPL statement said.
“The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi with a limited number of places available keeping in mind COVID protocols and UAE government regulations.”
IPL 2021 table
Here is the IPL 2021 table when play resumes on September 19: