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Indian T20 League 2020 Schedule: Mumbai to take on Chennai in tournament opener

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The 13th edition of the Indian T20 League is set to see the defending champions, Mumbai taking on Chennai in the tournament opener on Saturday, September 19, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The game will kick-off at 19:30 IST time. 

As per the tournament directives, the defending champions take the field to lock horns with the last year’s runner-up in the opener, and despite the break in between the initial schedule and the aforementioned date due to the global virus which forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India to move the tournament to the UAE, the trend is going to continue.

Delhi will then square off against Punjab in the second game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai on Sunday, followed by Hyderabad taking on Bangalore on Monday at the same venue.

The group-stage games will continue until November 3, with Hyderabad scheduled to face Mumbai at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah.

"There will be 10 doubleheaders with the first match starting at 3:30 PM IST and 2:00 PM UAE time," said IPL in an official statement.

"All evening matches will start at 7:30 PM IST and 6:00 PM UAE time. In all, 24 matches will be held in Dubai, 20 in Abu Dhabi and 12 in Sharjah.

"Venues for the playoffs and the Dream11 IPL 2020 final will be announced later."

Team Dubai Abu Dhabi Sharjah Noon Games
Mumbai 3 8 3 2
Chennai 8 3 3 2
Delhi 7 4 3 2
Hyderabad 8 3 3 3
Kolkata 3 8 3 3
Rajasthan 6 5 3 3
Punjab 7 4 3 2
Bangalore 7 4 3 3

The delay in announcing the schedule was caused after two CSK players and 13 support staff members tested positive for the virus. All the teams, meanwhile, started training for the 53-day long tournament, but the MS Dhoni-led side was forced to delay its training plan after completing the six-day quarantine, including three tests, upon arrival on August 21.

Here is how the schedule looks like:

September 19 -- 7:30PM  ABU DHABI, MUMBAI vs CHENNAI

September 20 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, DELHI vs PUNJAB

September 21 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, HYDERABAD vs BANGALORE

September 22 --  7:30PM  SHARJAH, RAJASTHAN vs  CHENNAI

September 23 -- 7:30PM  ABU DHABI, KOLKATA vs MUMBAI

September 24 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, PUNJAB vs BANGALORE

September 25 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, CHENNAI vs DELHI

September 26 -- 7:30PM  ABU DHABI, KOLKATA vs HYDERABAD

September 27 -- 7:30PM  SHARJAH, RAJASTHAN vs PUNJAB

September 28 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, BANGALORE vs MUMBAI

September 29 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, DELHI vs HYDERABAD

September 30 --7:30PM  DUBAI, RAJASTHAN vs KOLKATA

October 1 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, PUNJAB vs MUMBAI

October 2 -- 7:30PM  DUBAI, CHENNAI vs HYDERABAD

October 3 --3:30PM ABU DHABI, BANGALORE vs RAJASTHAN

October 3 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, DELHI vs KOLKATA

October 4 --3:30PM SHARJAH, MUMBAI vs HYDERABAD

October 4 --7:30PM  DUBAI, PUNJAB vs CHENNAI

October 5 --7:30PM  DUBAI, BANGALORE vs DELHI

October 6 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, MUMBAI vs RAJASTHAN

October 7 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, KOLKATA vs CHENNAI

October 8 --7:30PM  DUBAI, HYDERABAD vs PUNJAB

October 9 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, RAJASTHAN vs DELHI

October 10 --3:30PM ABU DHABI, PUNJAB vs KOLKATA

October 10 --7:30PM  DUBAI, CHENNAI vs BANGALORE

October 11 --3:30PM DUBAI, HYDERABAD vs RAJASTHAN

October 11 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, MUMBAI vs DELHI

October 12 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, BANGALORE vs KOLKATA

October 13 --7:30PM  DUBAI, HYDERABAD vs CHENNAI

October 14 --7:30PM  DUBAI, DELHI vs RAJASTHAN

October 15 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, BANGALORE vs PUNJAB

October 16 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, MUMBAI vs KOLKATA

October 17 --3:30PM DUBAI, RAJASTHAN vs BANGALORE

October 17 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, DELHI vs CHENNAI

October 18 --3:30PM ABU DHABI, HYDERABAD vs KOLKATA

October 18 --7:30PM  DUBAI, MUMBAI vs PUNJAB

October 19 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, CHENNAI vs RAJASTHAN

October 20 --7:30PM  DUBAI, PUNJAB vs DELHI

October 21 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, KOLKATA vs BANGALORE

October 22 --7:30PM  DUBAI, RAJASTHAN vs HYDERABAD

October 23 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, CHENNAI vs MUMBAI

October 24 --3:30PM ABU DHABI, KOLKATA vs DELHI

October 24 --7:30PM  DUBAI, PUNJAB vs HYDERABAD

October 25 --3:30PM DUBAI, BANGALORE vs CHENNAI

October 25 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, RAJASTHAN vs MUMBAI

October 26 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, KOLKATA vs PUNJAB

October 27 --7:30PM  DUBAI, HYDERABAD vs DELHI

October 28 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, MUMBAI vs BANGALORE

October 29 --7:30PM  DUBAI, CHENNAI vs KOLKATA

October 30 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, PUNJAB vs RAJASTHAN

October 31 --3:30PM DUBAI, DELHI vs MUMBAI

October 31 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, BANGALORE vs HYDERABAD

November 1 --3:30PM ABU DHABI, CHENNAI vs PUNJAB

November 1 --7:30PM  DUBAI, KOLKATA vs RAJASTHAN

November 2 --7:30PM  ABU DHABI, DELHI vs BANGALORE

November 3 --7:30PM  SHARJAH, HYDERABAD vs MUMBAI

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Noah Seelam

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