IPL 2019 Fixtures: Can RCB turn the tables in the Opening Battle!?

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The greatest Cricket Carnival of the Country is about to begin in a few days- The Vivo Indian Premier League 2019! With 8 teams participating yet again here’s how the first 2-week IPL 2019 Schedule looks like:

IPL 2019 schedule (March 23-April 5)

Date Day Time Match Venue
March 23 Saturday Evening CSK vs RCB Chennai
March 24 Sunday Afternoon KKR vs SRH Kolkata
March 24 Sunday Evening MI vs DC Mumbai
March 25 Monday Evening RR vs KXIP Jaipur
March 26 Tuesday Evening DC vs CSK Delhi
March 27 Wednesday Evening KKR vs KXIP Kolkata
March 28 Thursday Evening RCB vs MI Bengaluru
March 29 Friday Evening SRH vs RR Hyderabad
March 30 Saturday Afternoon KXIP vs MI Mohali
March 30 Saturday Evening DC vs KKR Delhi
March 31 Sunday Afternoon SRH vs RCB Hyderabad
March 31 Sunday Evening CSK vs RR Chennai
April 1 Monday Evening KXIP vs DC Mohali
April 2 Tuesday Evening RR vs RCB Jaipur
April 3 Wednesday Evening MI vs CSK Mumbai
April 4 Thursday Evening DC vs SRH Delhi
April 5 Friday Evening RCB vs KKR Bengaluru


The tournament kicks off on March 23 with the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings taking on Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai. This match is being anticipated as a high voltage game since the last time RCB defeated CSK, was long back in 2014 in Ranchi where AB De Villiers played a memorable knock of 28 in just 14 deliveries. Since then, it’s been CSK that’s been having the last laugh! Both the teams seem very well balanced as it promises to be a good opening to the twelfth edition of the IPL.

With one more round of auctions to get in place, it remains for us to see what other changes happen in both the squads but as of now both the teams have retained their major star players in MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, DJ Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja & Suresh Raina for CSK and Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Yuzi Chahal & Umesh Yadav for RCB.

As per the latest update, this is how both the squads look like:


Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Karn Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, M Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Billings, Mitchell Santner, David Willey, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, N Jagadeesan, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi

Bought: Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore), Ruturaj Gaikwad (Rs 20 lakh)


Retained: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme

Bought: Shimron Hetmyer (4.2 cr), Devdutt Padikkal (20 lakh), Shivam Dube (5 cr), Heinrich Klassen (50 lakh), Gurkeerat Singh (50 lakh), Himmat Singh (Rs 65 lakh), Prayas Ray Barman (Rs 1.5 cr)

Traded: Mandeep Singh for Marcus Stoinis

A lot remains for us to see this season of IPL as to who emerges as the upcoming star player for the future of Indian Cricket & which of the players cash in on the opportunity they’ve been given before the huge Cricket World Cup that is scheduled just after the IPL Finale!

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