The seventh season of the Indian Premier League, the biggest and most exciting cricket carnival, is almost here. It’s not just another cricket party, it is the blockbuster of all cricket parties. As teams vie for the trophy, make sure you’re watching every ball, every hit and, every post-match ceremony, only on Willow.
The first phase of the Pepsi IPL 2014 season matches will be played in the United Arab Emirates, from April 16-30, 2014. The second phase will be played from May 2-June 1 in India, where ten cities: Ranchi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Mohali will host matches.
In the first phase, a total of 20 matches will be played in three stadiums: the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi; the Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah; and the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai. The opening match on Wednesday, 16 April, will be in Abu Dhabi, between the defending champions, Mumbai Indians and the 2012 IPL champions, Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the second phase, 40 matches will be played. The Qualifier 1 and Eliminator will be held at Chennai’s M A Chidambaram Stadium on May 27 and May 28, the Qualifier 2 and the summit clash will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 30 and June 1.
In this year’s season, the tournament gets more mature, with talent, teamwork and strategy taking centre stage and some exciting new team line-ups adding even more fanfare to the party. Defending champions Mumbai Indians have New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson (who recently smacked the fastest fifty in one day cricket), while Royal Challengers Bangalore, already packed with power hitters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, will welcome the charismatic ace batsman, Yuvraj Singh.
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