Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) will kick-off their IPL 2021 campaign with the fourth match of the season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, April 12. Rajasthan and Punjab were two of the most disappointing franchises last season. While RR finished in the last position, PBKS ended at number six only due to a superior run rate.
Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the third match of Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Sunday. SRH have been a highly consistent side in the IPL. They made it to the playoffs last seasons as well, before going down to Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier.
Chennai Super Kings will face Delhi Capitals in the second match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 10. The edition got off to a thrilling start with Royal Challengers Bangalore defeating Mumbai Indians in a last-ball finish
Mumbai Indians will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening encounter of IPL 2021 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Having won the last two editions, Mumbai will be seeking to complete a hat-trick of IPL titles. MI have one of the strongest and most settled batting line ups in the competition. Led by Rohit Sharma, they have the likes of Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, and the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal.
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul feels that the team was unlucky last year in the IPL despite putting up some good performances. He further hoped that the change in name and jersey can change their fortunes as well. Kings XI Punjab have altered their name to Punjab Kings. Also, the franchise unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming season recently.
Former Australian captain and Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed that Steve Smith will bat in the top three if he gets into the playing XI in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Smith captained Rajasthan Royals last year but was released by the franchise ahead of the auction after RR finished last in IPL 2020.