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IPL 2019 – teams, full schedule and how to watch matches live on TV

With one month to go, here is what you need to know about Season 12 of the Indian Premier League

Chennai Super Kings have won the Indian Premier League title three times and finished runners-up four times. Punit Paranjpe / AFP
Chennai Super Kings have won the Indian Premier League title three times and finished runners-up four times. Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Few cricket tournaments have received as much attention, perhaps even scrutiny, as has the Indian Premier League (IPL) since its launch in 2008.

It is the world’s most popular Twenty20 competition, is organised by the richest board, and attracts the biggest stars to come play in it. It has served as the ideal finishing school any youngster with international calibre could hope for, and it has helped commercialise the sport even further.

But the IPL has also been a magnet for controversy.

It has been tainted by investigations into alleged corruption, betting and spot-fixing, and has borne witness to occasional flashpoints between the game’s major stakeholders in the country – including some politicians – leading many cynics to believe this competition is just another playground for the rich and famous.

This year the tournament is in the news for another reason, one that recurs every five years: parliamentary elections.

Because it coincides with the biggest democratic event in the world, security forces deployed by the state are stretched.

To help matters, it was held in South Africa during the 2009 elections, while a part of it was staged in the UAE five years later. But this year the entire edition will be played in India because there is less crossover between the two events in 2019.

The IPL is usually held in April and May, sometimes even extending into June. That was going to be unlikely this year given the Cricket World Cup will be staged from May 30-July 14 with many national boards insisting on downtime of around 15 days before the showpiece event.

With the elections to happen in April over phases, IPL 2019 will get under way on Saturday when defending champions Chennai Super Kings host Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The final is scheduled for May 12, also in Chennai.

What is interesting about the schedule is this is the first time the IPL will be held before the 50-over World Cup; it was the other way around in 2011 and 2015. This has inevitably raised concern among international teams about their players not getting enough rest and recuperation between tournaments and availability especially towards the closing stages.

In the case of World Cup favourites India, there was speculation the franchises were told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to “manage” the workload of its players – something captain Kohli, who also leads Bangalore, denied.

Saying the BCCI could not possibly have a one-size-fits-all policy on player management, he however urged his national teammates to be smart about how much cricket to play during the IPL. Which means player health will likely factor into strategy meetings and team selections much more. For this reason, a World Cup on the horizon will almost certainly make the IPL even more fascinating to watch.

Here is what you need to know about the annual T20 competition which is exactly a month away.

The franchises:

South Africa's Faf du Plessis, centre, is one of the key players in the Chennai Super Kings side. Rajanish Kakade / AP Photo
South Africa's Faf du Plessis, centre, is one of the key players in the Chennai Super Kings side. Rajanish Kakade / AP Photo

Chennai Super Kings

The defending champions are the joint most successful team in the 11-year history of the IPL – along with Mumbai Indians – having won the tournament in 2010, 2011 and last year. They have finished runners-up four times, too, and possess the best win percentage of all teams: 61.56.

Home ground: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Captain: MS Dhoni (India)

Pick of their Indians: Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav

Overseas stars: Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia) and Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

Star players retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur

Star players released: Mark Wood

Delhi Capitals, perviously called Delhi Daredevils, have many young stars in their squad, including Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane. Manish Swarup / AP Photo
Delhi Capitals, perviously called Delhi Daredevils, have many young stars in their squad, including Nepal's Sandeep Lamichhane. Manish Swarup / AP Photo

Delhi Capitals

Going by the name Delhi Daredevils until the end of last season, the rebranded Capitals are the most underperforming side in the IPL, with a win percentage of 42.45.

Home ground: Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi

Captain: Shreyas Iyer (India)

Pick of their Indians: Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw

Overseas stars: Kagiso Rabada (South Africa), Trent Boult (New Zealand) and Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal)

Star players retained: Sandeep Lamichhane, Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Amit Mishra, Chris Morris

Star players released: Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami

Kings XI Punjab are likely to be led once again by India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, without cap. Bikas Das / AP Photo
Kings XI Punjab are likely to be led once again by India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, without cap. Bikas Das / AP Photo

Kings XI Punjab

Another team with a poor record, they have the second-lowest win percentage of just 46.29. They are known to make strong starts to the season before dropping the ball towards the business end, although they finished runners-up in 2014.

Home ground: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin (India)

Pick of their Indians: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair

Overseas stars: Chris Gayle (West Indies), David Miller (South Africa) and Mujeeb ur Rahman (Afghanistan)

Star players retained: Chris Gayle, David Miller, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Star players released: Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has been one of India's most important players in the T20 format. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik has been one of India's most important players in the T20 format. Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Kolkata Knight Riders

The only side apart from Chennai and Mumbai to have won the title more than once, Kolkata were crowned champions in 2012 and 2014 – both under the leadership of the now-retired Gautam Gambhir. A side packed with Indians and West Indians, Dinesh Karthik is once again expected to lead them given he is one of India’s most important players in the T20 format. Win percentage: 53.08

Home ground: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Captain: Dinesh Karthik (India)

Pick of their Indians: Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav and Shubman Gill

Overseas stars: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Carlos Brathwaite (all West Indies)

Star players retained: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla

Star players released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson

Mumbai Indians' Jasprit Bumrah, right, is one of India's best fast bowlers at the moment. Rafiq Maqbool / AP Photo
Mumbai Indians' Jasprit Bumrah, right, is one of India's best fast bowlers at the moment. Rafiq Maqbool / AP Photo

Mumbai Indians

Possibly the richest franchise in the league, they are also its joint most successful in terms of titles – three – along with Chennai, being crowned champions in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Their win percentage of 57.01 is second-best in the league as well. The Indians, therefore, will always go into the new season as among the title favourites.

Home ground: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Captain: Rohit Sharma (India)

Pick of their Indians: Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah

Overseas stars: Quinton de Kock (South Africa), and Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis (both West Indies)

Star players retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff

Star players released: Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, JP Duminy

Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes, centre, will likely be one of the biggest stars in IPL 2019. Bikas Das / AP Photo
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes, centre, will likely be one of the biggest stars in IPL 2019. Bikas Das / AP Photo

Rajasthan Royals

The Royals have never managed to reach the levels of the inaugural season when they beat MS Dhoni’s Chennai to clinch the title. Their win percentage of 53.05 is not bad for a comparatively shoestring budget. A rested Steve Smith is back in the side after a ball-tampering ban and motivated to prove himself.

Home ground: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Captain: Ajinkya Rahane (India)

Pick of their Indians: Jaidev Unadkat, Sanju Samson and Dhawal Kulkarni

Overseas stars: Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler (both England), and Ish Sodhi (New Zealand)

Star players retained: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni

Star players released: Jaydev Unadkat (before being bid for again) and D’Arcy Short

Royal Challengers Bangalore will once again depend on AB de Villiers, left, and captain Virat Kohli in IPL 2019. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo
Royal Challengers Bangalore will once again depend on AB de Villiers, left, and captain Virat Kohli in IPL 2019. Aijaz Rahi / AP Photo

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The perennial bridesmaids of the league, Bangalore have never won the title but they have reached the final three times. Despite being laden with superstars of the calibre of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and until the 2017 season Chris Gayle, they have a poor win percentage of 48.17.

Home ground: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Captain: Virat Kohli (India)

Pick of their Indians: Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav

Overseas stars: AB de Villiers (South Africa), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies) and Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

Star players retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Washington Sundar, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Nathan Coulter-Nile

Star players released: Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes

Rashid Khan, centre, has been excellent with bat and ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Bikas Das / AP Photo
Rashid Khan, centre, has been excellent with bat and ball for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Bikas Das / AP Photo

Sunrisers Hyderabad

A relatively new franchise, they have still managed to reach two finals – winning the title in 2016 and finishing runners-up against Chennai last year. They also have an impressive win percentage of 55.37. They will likely have David Warner, the man who led them to the title three years ago, back in the side after the former Australia vice captain was banned from last season’s action due to his role in last year’s ball-tampering controversy.

Home ground: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad

Captain: Kane Williamson (New Zealand)

Pick of their Indians: Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Overseas stars: David Warner (Australia), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan) and Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

Star players retained: David Warner, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Billy Stanlake, Kane Williamson, Mohammed Nabi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed

Star players released: Shikhar Dhawan, Carlos Brathwaite, Alex Hales

The schedule (league phase):

March 23: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai, 6.30pm

March 24:

- Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata, 2.30pm

- Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals, Mumbai, 6.30pm

March 25: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, Jaipur, 6.30pm

March 26: Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings, Delhi, 6.30pm

March 27: Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata, 6.30pm

March 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians, Bangalore, 6.30pm

March 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals, Hyderabad, 6.30pm

March 30:

- Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, Mohali, 2.30pm

- Delhi Capitals v Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi, 6.30pm

March 31:

- Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Hyderabad, 2.30pm

- Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, Chennai, 6.30pm

April 1: Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Capitals, Mohali, 6.30pm

April 2: Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jaipur, 6.30pm

April 3: Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai, 6.30pm

April 4: Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi, 6.30pm

April 5: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders, Bangalore, 6.30pm

April 6:

- Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab, Chennai, 2.30pm

- Sunrisers Hyderabad Mumbai Indians, Hyderabad, 6.30pm

April 7:

- Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals

- Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders

April 8: Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mohali, 6.30pm

April 9: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai, 6.30pm

April 10: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai, 6.30pm

April 11: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, Jaipur, 6.30pm

April 12: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals, Kolkata, 6.20pm

April 13:

- Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai, 2.30pm

- Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mohali, 6.30pm

April 14:

- Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata, 2.30pm

- Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Capitals, Hyderabad, 6.30pm

April 15: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai, 6.30pm

April 16: Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, Mohali, 6.30pm

April 17: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings, Hyderabad, 6.30pm

April 18: Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians, Delhi, 6.30pm

April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata, 6.30pm

April 20:

- Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, Jaipur, 2.30pm

- Delhi Capitals v Kings XI Punjab, Delhi, 6.30pm

April 21:

- Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders, Hyderabad, 2.30pm

- Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings, Bangalore, 6.30pm

April 22: Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Capitals, Jaipur, 6.30pm

April 23: Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai, 6.30pm

April 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, Bangalore, 6.30pm

April 25: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata, 6.30pm

April 26: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians, Chennai, 6.30pm

April 27: Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jaipur, 6.30pm

April 28:

- Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi, 2.30pm

- Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians, Kolkata, 6.30pm

April 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab, Hyderabad, 6.30pm

April 30: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, Bangalore, 6.30pm

May 1: Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Capitals, Chennai, 6.30pm

May 2: Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai, 6.30pm

May 3: Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, Mohali, 6.30pm

May 4:

- Delhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals, Delhi, 2.30pm

- Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bangalore, 6.30pm

May 5:

- Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings, Mohali, 2.30pm

- Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai, 6.30pm

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Updated: March 23, 2019 05:46 PM

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