The last two fixtures of the in-progress IPL 2021 group stage face-off will be played concurrently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed the new development via press-release on Tuesday. This will be a one of its kind move from BCCI, as none of the past IPL editions witnessed two of its schedules being played side-by-side.
In accordance with previously slated schedules, SunRisers Hyderabad were aligned to face Mumbai Indians in a broad daylight game at 03:30 PM IST while Royal Challengers Bangalore were matched with Mumbai Indians for the evening schedule and to be played at 07:30 PM IST.
“In a first for the IPL, the last two league matches before the VIVO IPL 2021 Playoffs will be played concurrently," the BCCI informed in a media release.
"On the last day of the league stage (08.10.2021) of the ongoing season, instead of having one afternoon match and one evening match, two matches (SRH v MI and RCB v DC) will be played simultaneously at 7.30 PM IST (6.00 PM GST)," the statement further highlighted the changes in the schedule.
The tournament stands open-end even after witnessing 43 full-fledged schedules, as none of the participating franchises have secured their spot in the play-off mania. Delhi Capitals were on the verge of creating history on Tuesday by making into the play-off by winning the affixed schedule. However, three-wicket setbacks against Kolkata Knight Riders have stretched Pant & Associates wait for one more schedule.
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings could also secure a play-off berth if the yellow army clinches a comprehensive win against bottom-placed SunRisers Hyderabad in their next outing.
In addition to this development, BCCI also officially announced the media rights tender for the five year cycle of 2023-27 exclusively for the Indian Premier League.
“The IPL Media Rights tender for the cycle 2023-2027 will be released immediately after the appointment of two new IPL teams which is scheduled to be announced on 25th October 2021," the BCCI said in a media release.
The play-off tussle for IPL 2021 will take charge on October 10 where top two finishing teams will square-off for the finalist spot. On the subsequent day, Eliminator will be played amongst other two play-off candidates.
On Wednesday, Qualifier-2 will welcome the winning team of Eliminator and losing team of Qualifier-1 to fill-up the vacant second finalist berth. The final battle-out of IPL 2021 will take place on Friday at the Dubai International Stadium.
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