IPL 2019: Official website releases complete schedule, later deletes it.
— Khabri7 (@Khabri72) April 27, 2019
With just a few games to go for the Indian Premier League fixtures before the playoffs, the race for the top-four has become hotter. With only 12 matches remaining in the Group Stage of this season’s IPL, the tournament has entered its most exciting phase with every team still in contention for a spot to make it to the final four. Like previous seasons, things have become dramatic for teams concerned with some picking pace and some dropping their level.
The league fixtures draw to a close on May 5th and until then, things could go either way. The playoffs begin on May 7 with Qualifier 1 in Chennai; Eliminator on May 8 in Vizag and Qualifier 2 on May 10 also in Vizag. The final will be played on May 12 in Hyderabad.
2⃣ points – the game that will make the #VIVOIPL teams’ name as they battle to reach the Playoffs! 🔥
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) April 27, 2019
According to Reports in media, a BCCI official said that the possibility of dew and the request of official broadcasters convinced the CoA to change the timing. Dew can play a massive role in deciding the outcome of the games and an early start will definitely minimize its impact to some effect. On the other hand, official broadcasters Star Sports requested for an early start keeping in mind the elaborate presentation ceremony after the game.
“We have the playoffs in the south where dew is a huge factor. Also, Star had written to us to prepone the timings. If you realise, there is the case of an extended presentation ceremony after the playoffs. Keeping all this in mind, it was felt that we should bring it forward,” the official was quoted as saying by Business Standard.
The news will also bring some respite for the fans who have suffered a bit this season due to slow over-rates which saw the games being finished well after the scheduled time.
Previous full schedule for the VIVO IPL 2019 Playoffs is as follows: –
Source of playoffs – iplt20.com
|7th May Qualifier 1||Team 1 vs Team 2||M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai|
|8th May Eliminator||Team 3 vs Team 4||DR.Y.S.R Reddy ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.|
|10th May Qualifier 2||Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1||DR.Y.S.R Reddy ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.|
|12th May Final||Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2||2 Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.|