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IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians Face Chennai Super Kings On September 19 In UAE

The tournament was suspended in May after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble and is all set to resume on Sept 19

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will take on MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings when IPL 2021 resumes on September 19. File Photos

Defending champions Mumbai Indians will meet Chennai Super Kings in Dubai on September 19 when the IPL resumes in the United Arab Emirates. (More Cricket News | SL-IND T20 Live)

The tournament was suspended in May after multiple COVID-19 cases were reported in its bio-bubble.   

"The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the pandemic, will resume on 19th September in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians," said the BCCI in a statement.

A total number of 31 matches will be played in the duration of 27 days including seven doubles headers (five were held in India).

After the CSK-MI clash, the  action will shift to Abu Dhabi where the Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sharjah will host its first game on September 24 when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on CSK.

In all, 13 matches will be held in Dubai, 10 in Sharjah and 8 in Abu Dhabi.

"There will be 7 double headers (5 matches already played in India – total of 12 matches) with the first match starting at 3:30PM IST (2:00PM Gulf Standard Time). All evening matches will start at 7:30PM IST (6:00PM Gulf Standard Time)," added the statement.

The final league game will be played between RCB and Delhi Capitals on  October 8.

The first Qualifier will be played in Dubai on October 10,  the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be played in Sharjah on October 11 and 13 respectively with Dubai hosting the final on October 15.

The 2020 edition was held in the UAE in its entirety due to the pandemic.

"Yes, we have just received the mail from BCCI and CSK will play MI on September 19. The first Qualifier will be held on October 10 while Eliminator will be held on October 11 and second qualifier on October 13. The final will be held on October 15," a franchise official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

It is learnt that the standard quarantine rules and health protocols of the UAE applicable to all who are entering the country will also be applicable for IPL teams.

The Indian team members and all those English players who will take part in the IPL will be flying from Manchester to Dubai on a charter flight on September 15.

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