Guwahati: Finally the wait is over for all the cricket fans as the second phase of the world’s biggest T20 tournament is all set to begin from today, September 19 with a high-voltage clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Dubai.
The fourteenth edition of IPL, which started in April this year was suspended midway due to a rise in covid cases in the camp. Concerning the safety of players and support staff, the BCCI postponed the event to September after 29 games were played. Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi will host the next 31 games from September 19 to October 15.
At the time of suspension, Delhi Capitals was on the top of the leaderboard with six wins in eight matches. Led by the young Rishab Pant, the runner-up of IPL 2020 had a fantastic tournament so far and is riding high on confidence. Lost to the Mighty Mumbai Indians in the final year, Delhi will blaze all guns to lift the trophy.
Chennai Super Kings is on the second spot on the points table with five wins of seven games. With Captain Cool MS Dhoni leading the side, the three-time title winner will continue to exhibit their dominance in the league.
All eyes are on Virar Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore, the most popular franchise in IPL history. Bangalore is at number three with five wins of seven matches. Known for playing bold, it’s undoubtedly impossible to stop Royal Challengers on their day.
Mumbai Indians are at number four position on the leaderboard with four wins out of seven played. The defending champion and five-time title winner are undoubtedly everyone’s favourite. With a perfect mix of power hitters, all-rounders, death bowling specialists and brilliant fielders, Mumbai will go all out their way to regain the title.
The inaugural title winner of IPL, Rajasthan Royals is at number five on the points table. The team will miss their leading bowler Jofra Archer and Andrew Tyre and replaced them with Glenn Phillips and Tabraiz Shamsi. Known for backing the local talent, the team is filled with powerful domestic and international players.
Punjab Kings is at the sixth spot in the IPL 2021 points table. Led by K L Rahul, the team had a bittersweet experience in the first half of the league. Skipper K L Rahul is one of the leading run-scorers in the series so far and would certainly bank on his in-form. With ‘Universal Boss’ Chris Gayle in the squad, cricket fans are yet to witness Gayle Storm.
Eion Morgan’s KKR is another team that had an unpleasant first half. With two wins of seven games, the Kolkata team is at the seventh spot and has minimal possibility of qualifying for the playoffs. Managing to win against Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai is a tough nut to crack.
Sunrisers Hyderabad is at the bottom of the leaderboard with just one win out of seven games they played. Kane Williamson led side must win six out of the next seven games to qualify but that seems impossible. However, in a game of uncertainty, there’s everything possible till the end.
Full of unlimited thrill and nonstop drama, get ready to experience IPL 2021 excitement live on Star Sports, Disney+Hotstar and YuppTV. Cricket fans outside India can now watch IPL 2021 Live on YuppTV.