IPL 2013

Knight Riders host Daredevils in IPL 2013 opener

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 21, 2012

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Knight Riders parade the IPL trophy around Eden Gardens, Kolkata, May 29, 2012
Eden Gardens will host the IPL opener and the final © Associated Press
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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will kick off IPL 2013 by hosting Delhi Daredevils at Eden Gardens on April 3. The 76-game league will have the same format as it did in the 2012 season, with each of the nine teams playing the others home and away, before the playoffs.

The top four teams at the end of the round-robin stage on May 19 will qualify for the playoffs. The Qualifier 1 will be played in Chennai between the top two teams in the league and the winner of that match will secure a place in the final, in Kolkata on May 26. The loser of the Qualifier 1 will play the winner of the Eliminator, contested between the third and fourth teams in Chennai, in Qualifier 2, and the winner of that match in Kolkata will make the final.

Hyderabad Sunrisers, the new IPL franchise owned by Sun TV network, will play their first game on April 5, at home against Pune Warriors.

IPL 2013 will be played at 11 venues - the nine home venues plus Dharamsala and Ranchi. Kings XI Punjab will play their last two home games in Dharamsala, while Knight Riders will travel to Ranchi for their last two home games.

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Posted by fajju09876 on (December 23, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Vey Very Good Shedule..very good job

Posted by GoIndiaGooo on (December 22, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

@abhiyog: Nothing against test cricket..its all abt change...adapt or get the hell out of the way !!!. Sure test cricket has its exciting moments too, but thats too far in between and certainly not on pitches tailor made for batting....right now T20 is the crowd puller and as far as i can see it will rule for the next few years until some other format comes up...sure test cricket is taking a hit..people probably said the same thing about 60 overs ODI when it was introduced...now its the turn of T20's. Cant wait for the IPL to start !!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 22, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

@abhiyog: Well the answer to your question is very simple. Just take a look at yourself. What are you doing commenting on an IPL article when you despise it so much ? Hope you have your answer. Peace.

Posted by abhiyog on (December 21, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster IPL is a nonsense test cricket is real cricket i do follow international T20's but not this street show, why the hell were u present on all cricinfo articles during test series if u hate tests......

Posted by NIT2222 on (December 21, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

nothing can beat test cricket... test cricket is the best...nytime better than t20...

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

A.J.KnightRider because there are many Bengalis in jharkhand who will support kkr. plus ranchi will be closer for people living in asansol, purulia , jhaldia

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 21, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

@here2rock: Whether you are an Indian or not, you cannot deny the fact the IPL is a success story !!! It's the mother of T20 leagues and a vision for modern day cricket. Test cricket is a zombie, a living dead entity which will likely fail to see the dawn of a new day in a few years. T20 is the cricket for EVERYONE. As Indians, we should be proud of it. Those who sing prayers for the safety of test cricket should be ashamed of themselves because there are other forces at play here that would eventually kill the oldest format of the game. Factors like the ICC themselves with their ridiculous FTP, the BCCI's stance on DRS, Indian pitches etc. So the IPL really shouldn't be a cause for worry. It's simply doing what it does best - entertaining billions of fans in India and the world for 2 months with some pure T20 goodness.

Posted by A.J.KnightRider on (December 21, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

Even after winning the IPL why is KKR depriving Kolkata of two home matches and going to Ranchi ??? This is bizarre......

Posted by A.J.KnightRider on (December 21, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

@ here2rock, according to rules the city of the IPL winner gets to host the final of next season. CSK won in 2010 and 2011 so 2011 and 2012 finals were in Chennai. So when KKR won in 2012, it was obvious that Kolkata would host the 2013 final. There's no politics in this....

Posted by grizzle on (December 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

aravind - Ah. A true IPL fan. In other words, not a cricket fan at all.

Posted by CricketBirbal on (December 21, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@here2rock: The finals is always played on the home ground of previous winners.In this case Kolkata.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Aaahhhh now waiting for these boring Tests to end

Posted by abhiyog on (December 21, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

@RC XI and sandy_bangalore if u think IPL is everything then u Dont know what cricket is all about IPL has ruined our national pride......... Test cricket is class T20 is mass.........

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (December 21, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

So excited for the Pune Warriors. Uthappa, Wright, Samuels and Yuvraj sound like an explosive top 4, and they could buy more players at the auctions.

Posted by aravind077 on (December 21, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

IPL rocks . we INDIANS are great to host such Tournaments

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

Good to see Ranchi as a venue, bad to see Ahmedabad and Cuttack left out.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

ipl is one of main reason test match humiliations of india still we see immediate article here we indians really love the cricket

Posted by here2rock on (December 21, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Eden Garden has been awarded the final after Indian captain had a public dispute with the curator for the third Test Match against England. Very interesting politics.

Posted by d0ns on (December 21, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

here2rock why did you waste your 5min to read about IPL new and also post comment if its not worth your time :D

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 14:15 GMT)

I am not Exaggerating but as Usual CSK will be the Champions...Its the best T20 Cricket team in the world though I am from Bangalore..

Love u CSK

Posted by RC-XI on (December 21, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

" 3 months of mindless cricket" is a mindless comment. want to watch a test match for 5 days and waiting to see it will be a draw? want to spend a whole day to see te result of a oneday game? wake up, it's 21st century, can't spend more than 3 hours on any sport. IPL is the best modern sports event. Think positively and enjoy it.

Posted by here2rock on (December 21, 2012, 13:23 GMT)

3 Months of mindless cricket, I will switch to Tennis for those months. IPL is not worth my time.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

IPL Rocks, cann't wait for it to Start. Bored with all these test matches..

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (December 21, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Wasn't the big issue last year that this tounament is far too long and everyone gets bored after awhile? Or does the BCCI just not care about anything beyond the bottom line on the financial statements?

Posted by Harinasi on (December 21, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

Do not let the players who are regular players play this tournament, at least decrease the load by using the world cup fixes method, this is one of the main reason for India's current downfall and all the people who are supporting this - think of India as a team not individual teams representing a city which is ridiculous...sadly this is addictive....

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

give ranchi as the home matches for csk

Posted by sunrisers_dktej on (December 21, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

Come on Sunrisers. . .make the sunset in all other teams and fly like a eagle. . .commmmonnnnnn

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Pune warriors is going to win

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 21, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Looking for a day when this tournament dies.

Posted by sandy_bangalore on (December 21, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

IPL rocks! ANd its without doubt the greatest cricket show in the world. And am sure by 2020 will be the greatest sports show ever. Imagine, in 4 years, it became such a big brand.And for sure T20 is the future, and I dont see 5 day contests lasting another 5 years. So please dont read too much into test match performances in front of 5000 spectators.

Posted by Bruisers on (December 21, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Its Mumbai Indians this time :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

CSK forever!! We will rock the Gardens too!!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

come on punjab , win this cup and bring glories to punjab as ranji team is doing with top of table

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

wud lyk 2 c csk win d cup 1ce again!

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

CSK all the way!!! Bleed Yellow! Raise your hands for CSK :)

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

CSK 2013 champs - Dhoni come on....

Posted by   on (December 21, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

csk will rock this time also

Posted by Abimanyucbe on (December 21, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Common Csk get ready.........and bring back the cup to home....................

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