IPL 2014 Schedule: UAE to Host 20 Matches in First Phase

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By Shruthi SU | March 20, 2014 2:29 AM EST

The United Arab Emirates bagged the hosting rights for 20 matches in IPL 7, starting on 16 April with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi.

The IPL council decided on the schedule after a meeting in Chennai on Wednesday. 30 April will be the last match to be played close to the sands of UAE in Dubai, with Mumbai Indians facing Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi (seven matches), Sharjah CA Stadium (six matches), Dubai International Cricket Stadium (seven matches) are the three grounds finalised for IPL 2014's first phase. The second leg, however, could be held in Bangladesh but many insistent Indian states, which would not go to polls between 1 to 12 May during the general elections, have opened up options for the IPL governing council to make a final call.

"Pursuant to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, many State Governments have indicated that IPL matches can be conducted in their respective states," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.

"Based on the responses received so far, the BCCI believes that the Pepsi IPL 2014 can be conducted in India from the first week of May. The schedule for the remaining 40 matches will be announced in due course."

In the UAE schedule announced, all eight teams will play five matches each. The day matches start at 2.30pm local time (4pm IST) and the night ones at 6.30pm (8 pm IST).

Date

Teams

Venue

Time

April 16

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Abu Dhabi

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 17

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sharjah

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 18

Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab

Abu Dhabi

2.30 pm (4 pm IST)

April 18

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals

Abu Dhabi

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 19

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

Dubai

2.30 pm (4 pm IST)

April 19

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Dubai

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 20

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

Sharjah

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 21

Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

Abu Dhabi

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 22

Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sharjah

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 23

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

Dubai

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 24

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Sharjah

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 25

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Daredevils

Dubai

2.30 pm (4 pm IST)

April 25

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

Dubai

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 26

Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Abu Dhabi

2.30 pm (4 pm IST)

April 26

Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Abu Dhabi

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 27

Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

Sharjah

2.30 pm (4 pm IST)

April 27

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings

Sharjah

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 28

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

Dubai

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 29

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

Abu Dhabi

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

April 30

Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Dubai

6.30 pm (8 pm IST)

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