The 2012 IPL Season will get underway in Chennai on April 4. The nine-team T20 tournament will conclude on May 27. In total, 72 matches will be played over the 54 days.
The IPL 2012 will be played at 12 venues – New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Dharamsala, Cuttack, Vizag, Kolkata, Jaipur, Mohali. In case Hyderabad is unable to host a few matches, Cuttack will get a chance.
The Final will be held in Chennai on May 27. The play-offs would be hosted by Bangalore and Chennai. Kochi Tuskers Kerala is not part of IPL 2012, as it was terminated by the BCCI.
Following is the list of teams, who would be sweating it out in DLF Indian Premiere League 2011:
- Chennai Super Kings
- Mumbai Indians
- Delhi Daredevils
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Deccan Chargers
- Kolkata Knight Riders
- Rajasthan Royals
- Kings XI Punjab
- Sahara Pune Warriors
Indian Premiere League is a marvel, a festival that brings all the Indians together and makes the world take notice. DLF Indian Premiere League2012 promises to be bigger and better, with the festival patakas guaranteed!
IPL 2012 – Fixture & Schedule
|Wed||04-Apr||1||8pm||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai Indians||Chennai|
|Thu||05-Apr||2||8pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi Daredevils||Kolkata|
|Fri||06-Apr||3||4pm||Mumbai Indians||Pune Warriors India||Mumbai|
|4||8pm||Rajasthan Royals||Kings XI Punjab||Jaipur|
|Sat||07-Apr||5||4pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Delhi Daredevils||Bangalore|
|6||8pm||Deccan Chargers||Chennai Super Kings||Vizag|
|Sun||08-Apr||7||4pm||Rajasthan Royals||Kolkata Knight Riders||Jaipur|
|8||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Kings XI Punjab||Pune|
|Mon||09-Apr||9||8pm||Deccan Chargers||Mumbai Indians||Vizag|
|Tue||10-Apr||10||4pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kolkata Knight Riders||Bangalore|
|11||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Chennai Super Kings||Delhi|
|Wed||11-Apr||12||8pm||Mumbai Indians||Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai|
|Thu||12-Apr||13||4pm||Chennai Super Kings||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai|
|14||8pm||Kings XI Punjab||Pune Warriors India||Mohali|
|Fri||13-Apr||15||8pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Rajasthan Royals||Kolkata|
|Sat||14-Apr||16||4pm||Delhi Daredevils||Deccan Chargers||Delhi|
|17||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Chennai Super Kings||Pune|
|Sun||15-Apr||18||4pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata|
|19||8pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Rajasthan Royals||Bangalore|
|Mon||16-Apr||20||8pm||Mumbai Indians||Delhi Daredevils||Mumbai|
|Tue||17-Apr||21||4pm||Rajasthan Royals||Deccan Chargers||Jaipur|
|22||8pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Pune Warriors India||Bangalore|
|Wed||18-Apr||23||8pm||Kings XI Punjab||Kolkata Knight Riders||Mohali|
|Thu||19-Apr||24||4pm||Deccan Chargers||Delhi Daredevils||Hyderabad / Cuttack|
|25||8pm||Chennai Super Kings||Pune Warriors India||Chennai|
|Fri||20-Apr||26||8pm||Kings XI Punjab||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mohali|
|Sat||21-Apr||27||4pm||Chennai Super Kings||Rajasthan Royals||Chennai|
|28||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Pune Warriors India||Delhi|
|Sun||22-Apr||29||4pm||Mumbai Indians||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai|
|30||8pm||Deccan Chargers||Kolkata Knight Riders||Hyderabad / Cuttack|
|Mon||23-Apr||31||8pm||Rajasthan Royals||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Jaipur|
|Tue||24-Apr||32||4pm||Pune Warriors India||Delhi Daredevils||Pune|
|33||8pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Deccan Chargers||Kolkata|
|Wed||25-Apr||34||4pm||Kings XI Punjab||Mumbai Indians||Mohali|
|35||8pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chennai Super Kings||Bangalore|
|Thu||26-Apr||36||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Deccan Chargers||Pune|
|Fri||27-Apr||37||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Mumbai Indians||Delhi|
|Sat||28-Apr||38||4pm||Chennai Super Kings||Kings XI Punjab||Chennai|
|39||8pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kolkata|
|Sun||29-Apr||40||4pm||Delhi Daredevils||Rajasthan Royals||Delhi|
|Sun||29-Apr||41||8pm||Mumbai Indians||Deccan Chargers||Mumbai|
|Mon||30-Apr||42||8pm||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai|
|Tue||01-May||43||4pm||Deccan Chargers||Pune Warriors India||Hyderabad|
|44||8pm||Rajasthan Royals||Delhi Daredevils||Jaipur|
|Wed||02-May||45||8pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Kings XI Punjab||Bangalore|
|Thu||03-May||46||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Mumbai Indians||Pune|
|Fri||04-May||47||8pm||Chennai Super Kings||Deccan Chargers||Chennai|
|Sat||05-May||48||4pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Pune Warriors India||Kolkata|
|49||8pm||Kings XI Punjab||Rajasthan Royals||Mohali|
|Sun||06-May||50||4pm||Mumbai Indians||Chennai Super Kings||Mumbai|
|51||8pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Deccan Chargers||Bangalore|
|Mon||07-May||52||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Kolkata Knight Riders||Delhi|
|Tue||08-May||53||4pm||Pune Warriors India||Rajasthan Royals||Pune|
|54||8pm||Deccan Chargers||Kings XI Punjab||Hyderabad|
|Wed||09-May||55||8pm||Mumbai Indians||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai|
|Thu||10-May||56||8pm||Rajasthan Royals||Chennai Super Kings||Jaipur|
|Fri||11-May||57||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Pune|
|Sat||12-May||58||4pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Mumbai Indians||Kolkata|
|59||8pm||Chennai Super Kings||Delhi Daredevils||Chennai|
|Sun||13-May||60||4pm||Rajasthan Royals||Pune Warriors India||Jaipur|
|61||8pm||Kings XI Punjab||Deccan Chargers||Mohali|
|Mon||14-May||62||4pm||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Mumbai Indians||Bangalore|
|63||8pm||Kolkata Knight Riders||Chennai Super Kings||Kolkata|
|Tue||15-May||64||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi|
|Wed||16-May||65||8pm||Mumbai Indians||Kolkata Knight Riders||Mumbai|
|Thu||17-May||66||4pm||Kings XI Punjab||Chennai Super Kings||Dharamsala|
|67||8pm||Delhi Daredevils||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Delhi|
|Fri||18-May||68||8pm||Deccan Chargers||Rajasthan Royals||Hyderabad|
|Sat||19-May||69||4pm||Kings XI Punjab||Delhi Daredevils||Dharamsala|
|70||8pm||Pune Warriors India||Kolkata Knight Riders||Pune|
|Sun||20-May||71||4pm||Deccan Chargers||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Hyderabad|
|72||8pm||Rajasthan Royals||Mumbai Indians||Jaipur|
PLAY OFF WEEK
|Tue||22-May||QUALIFIER 1||8pm||First Placed Team||Second Placed Team||Bangalore|
|Wed||23-May||ELIMINATOR||8pm||Third Placed Team||Fourth Placed Team||Bangalore|
|Fri||25-May||QUALIFIER 2||8pm||Winner of Eliminator||Loser of Qualifier 1||Chennai|
|Sun||27-May||FINAL||8pm||Winner of Qualifier 1||Winner of Qualifier 2||Chennai|
Please note that this schedule may be subject to change for any reason as may be required in the sole opinion of BCCI-IPL.
Chennai Super Kings The defending champions, and also the winners of the Champions league T20, are still lead by the Indian World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni and if the temperament of their leader is anything to go by then they will be again a tough team to beat in the competition.
Last year’s runners up and a team that impressed everybody with their performance during the competition will again be title contenders.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Lead by opener Gautam Gambhir, the team looks a balanced one when compared with the last three squads that were there in the previous editions. The experience of Jacques Kallis and Brett Lee should help the team, while Ryan ten Doeschate could be another one to watch out for.
New Delhi, too, has made a lot of changes in the squad but they still have Virender Sehwag and David Warner in the batting department, while the presence of Irfan Pathan should be handy with the ball.
The team who won the opening edition of the Indian Premier League is lead by the spin king Shane Warne. Apart from Warne, who is one of the most important members of the team, the squad also includes swashbuckling batsmen Ross Taylor and all-rounders Shane Watson and Paul Collingwood.
Winners of the second edition, the Chargers in the fourth year are not lead by dynamic wicket-keeper batsmen Adam Gilchrist, who is now in Kings XI Punjab. The team however will depend on wicket-keeper batsmen Kumara Sangakara in the batting, while Dale Steyn will be the one to watch out for with the ball.
Kings XI Punjab
After not being successful in the last two IPL seasons the side will be lead by Adam Gilchrist who was instrumental in winning the title for the Deccan Chargers.
However, the side will miss the local lad and man of the tournament in the World Cup –Yuvraj Singhwho will play for Sahara Pune Warriors now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Another team that has been consistent in performance in the previous two editions should continue its good run this time too.
Lead by New Zealand‘s Daniel Vettori the team has an experienced captain. However, the most important addition to the squad is pacer Zaheer Khan who played a key role in winning the World Cup and was also the joint highest wicket taker in tournament.
Sahara Pune Warriors
An unknown entity and playing their first IPL, the team, however, has the man of the tournament during the World Cup. Yuvraj Singh’s form with the bat and ball is the biggest positive. The squad also includes Graeme Smith and Kiwi batsman Jesses Ryder.