Indian Premier League 2011 January 10, 2011

IPL 2011 draw

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During the two-day long IPL auction in Bangalore, the BCCI announced the draw for the tournament's 2011 season that begins on April 8. Every team will play the same number of league games (14, seven home and seven away) as in previous seasons with the following break-up: each team will play five other teams both home and away (10 matches), two teams only at home, and the remaining two teams only away. A random draw was used to decide who plays whom once and twice.

The IPL 2011 draw
Team Home and away Home Away
Pune DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK Kochi, KKR RCB, RR
DD DC, KXIP, MI, Pune, Kochi KKR, RCB RR, CSK
DC KXIP, MI, Pune, DD, KKR RCB, RR CSK, Kochi
KXIP MI, Pune, DD, DC, RCB RR, CSK Kochi, KKR
MI Pune, DD, DC, KXIP, RR CSK, Kochi KKR, RCB
CSK Kochi, KKR, RCB, RR, Pune DD, DC KXIP, MI
Kochi KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD DC, KXIP MI, Pune
KKR RCB, RR, CSK, Kochi, DC KXIP, MI Pune, DD
RCB RR, CSK, Kochi, KKR, KXIP MI, Pune DD, DC
RR CSK, Kochi, KKR, RCB, MI Pune, DD DC, KXIP

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  • tirtha16 on January 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    MI has the easiest draw so far as they have only one match with better teams like CSK, RCB or KKR.

  • on January 13, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    CSK!!!! is the best team because they hav all the players who were part of the ipl and champions league the won. deccan looks tough.rcb is dependig on indian youngsters and experieced foreign players.kolkata has a superb squad.pune and kochi have strong foreign players.kxip has changed totally and is having a better squad than before.mumbai has a strong and experienced line up.rajasthan has a very dry squad and with a few players like dravid, shuan and shane warne.delhi has done a blunder by opting irfan pathan who is not very attractive and has a supporting bowling attack with morne morkle and batting with dangerous sehwag!!!! so IPL 4 IS GONNA ROCK!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Punjab - Gaps in mid order but strong at the top and bottom 1 Gilchrist, 2 Marsh, 3 Hussey, 4 Karthik, 5 Harris/Mascarenhas/ Broad/Rimmington, 6 Praveen, 7 Chawla, 8 Abhishek Nayar (they need two uncapped batsman and one uncapped bowler)

    Rajasthan - Expecting Warnie Magic Again 1 Watson, 2. Uncapped Opener 3 Collingwood/Taylor, 4 Dravid 5, 6 and 7 Uncapped Hitter 8 Botha/Shaun Tait 9 Warne 10 Pankaj 11 Uncapped Medium Pacer

    Pune - Weak on weak areas 1 & 2 Graeme Smith, Ryder, Marsh, Paine, 3 Uthappa 4 Yuvraj, 5 Mathews, 6 & 7 Uncapped Hitters 8 Ferguson/Jerome/ Nathan/Parnell/Alfonso, 9 Kartik, 10 Nehra 11 Uncapped Bowler

    Kochi - Dependent on Indian Bowlers 1 McCullum, 2 Parthiv, 3 Mahela, 4 Klinger/Hodge/Owaish, 5 Laxman, 6. Uncapped Hitter 7 O'Keefe/Hastings/Murali/Perera/Smith, 8 Jadeja, 9 RP Singh, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Sreesanth

  • on January 12, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    CSK - Good Balance 1 Anirudha Srikanth, 2 Murli Vijay 3 Raina 4 Hussey/Bailey 5 Dhoni 6 Badrinath 7 & 8 Albie Morkel/Bravo/Plessis/Styris 9 Ashwin 10 Bollinger/Hilfenhaus/Kulasekara 11 Sudeep Tyagi/Jakati

    KKR - A New Promising Team 1 Saurabh Ganguli/Uncapped 2 Gautam Gambhir 3 Morgan/Kallis 4 Yusuf Pathan 5 Manoj Tiwari 6 Haddin 7 Shakib/Doescht 8 Uncapped/Shukla 9 Bret Lee 10 Balaji 11 Unadkat

    RCB - Not Very Promising 1 Dilshan, 2 Virat, de Villiers, 3 Pujara/Kaif, 4 Tiwari, 5 Johan/Langeveldt/Pommersbach/Vettori/Vandiar,Rilee 6 Zaheer, 7 Mithun, 8 Nannes/Pradeep

    Mumbai - Have to fill up the gaps 1 Sachin, 2 Jacobs 3 Rohit, 4&5 Two Uncapped Batsman 6 & 7 Symonds/ Henriques/ Blizzard/ Pollard, 8 Harbhajan, 9 Malinga/Clint McKay/Franklin, 10 Munaf 11 Uncapped Bowler

    Delhi - Unpredictable 1 Sehwag, 2 Warner, 3 Venugopal, 4 Finch/Ingram/Wade, 5 Irfan 6 Naman, 7 Hopes/Frylinck/Merwe, 8 Morkel/ McDonald/Birt, 9 Agarkar, 10 Dinda, 11 Umesh

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    itv 4 showing it in the uk, like last year

  • on January 11, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    hi does antone know who will be showing the ipl 2011,in the uk ,is it itv4 or the big bad sky

  • tikna on January 11, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Its very early to say anythng but Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab dont look too good on paper and MI have matches home and away against them so thats a big plus for us. CSK at home is a match I am looking forward to and Kochi also at home should be easy (ofcourse I can be proven horibbly wrong). KKR away has been a good venue in the past but then their team has fully changed and Kolkata will be cheering loud for Sachin and Bhajji but will still probably hope MI lose.

  • on January 10, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    when murali is ranked no 1in bawling. most peaple hesutate call him world no1 spinner. but with gram swan no 1 seems to have problems .

  • xenon555 on January 10, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Chennai looks the best. They have retained everyone big except murali and they have added and explosive westindian all rounder (bravo), possibly the biggest x-factor in world cricket (styris), a talented young spinner (randiv), a spearhead pace bowler (Kulusekera), and a swing bowler (Hilfenhaus). Bangalore has also done a great job. They knew who they were looking for and got them. They don't seem to be lacking except they have quite a few oversees players. Delhi is weak. After retaining Sehwag and redrafting Warner they have been poor. They only have one spinner (vd merwe) who is really good but they dont have the 2 spinners option. They have too many indian pacers who will not be a big help to Morne morkel who will be everything in their pace bowling attack. Yadav has talent but still needs to develop. Dinda is inconsistent, and Agarkar is old. They wasted tons of money on an allrounder like Irfan who can't bat or bowl at an elite level. But, I like the addition of Ingram

  • on January 10, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Fair game for all......???

  • tirtha16 on January 13, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    MI has the easiest draw so far as they have only one match with better teams like CSK, RCB or KKR.

  • on January 13, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    CSK!!!! is the best team because they hav all the players who were part of the ipl and champions league the won. deccan looks tough.rcb is dependig on indian youngsters and experieced foreign players.kolkata has a superb squad.pune and kochi have strong foreign players.kxip has changed totally and is having a better squad than before.mumbai has a strong and experienced line up.rajasthan has a very dry squad and with a few players like dravid, shuan and shane warne.delhi has done a blunder by opting irfan pathan who is not very attractive and has a supporting bowling attack with morne morkle and batting with dangerous sehwag!!!! so IPL 4 IS GONNA ROCK!!!!!!!!!

  • on January 12, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Punjab - Gaps in mid order but strong at the top and bottom 1 Gilchrist, 2 Marsh, 3 Hussey, 4 Karthik, 5 Harris/Mascarenhas/ Broad/Rimmington, 6 Praveen, 7 Chawla, 8 Abhishek Nayar (they need two uncapped batsman and one uncapped bowler)

    Rajasthan - Expecting Warnie Magic Again 1 Watson, 2. Uncapped Opener 3 Collingwood/Taylor, 4 Dravid 5, 6 and 7 Uncapped Hitter 8 Botha/Shaun Tait 9 Warne 10 Pankaj 11 Uncapped Medium Pacer

    Pune - Weak on weak areas 1 & 2 Graeme Smith, Ryder, Marsh, Paine, 3 Uthappa 4 Yuvraj, 5 Mathews, 6 & 7 Uncapped Hitters 8 Ferguson/Jerome/ Nathan/Parnell/Alfonso, 9 Kartik, 10 Nehra 11 Uncapped Bowler

    Kochi - Dependent on Indian Bowlers 1 McCullum, 2 Parthiv, 3 Mahela, 4 Klinger/Hodge/Owaish, 5 Laxman, 6. Uncapped Hitter 7 O'Keefe/Hastings/Murali/Perera/Smith, 8 Jadeja, 9 RP Singh, 10 Vinay Kumar, 11 Sreesanth

  • on January 12, 2011, 9:42 GMT

    CSK - Good Balance 1 Anirudha Srikanth, 2 Murli Vijay 3 Raina 4 Hussey/Bailey 5 Dhoni 6 Badrinath 7 & 8 Albie Morkel/Bravo/Plessis/Styris 9 Ashwin 10 Bollinger/Hilfenhaus/Kulasekara 11 Sudeep Tyagi/Jakati

    KKR - A New Promising Team 1 Saurabh Ganguli/Uncapped 2 Gautam Gambhir 3 Morgan/Kallis 4 Yusuf Pathan 5 Manoj Tiwari 6 Haddin 7 Shakib/Doescht 8 Uncapped/Shukla 9 Bret Lee 10 Balaji 11 Unadkat

    RCB - Not Very Promising 1 Dilshan, 2 Virat, de Villiers, 3 Pujara/Kaif, 4 Tiwari, 5 Johan/Langeveldt/Pommersbach/Vettori/Vandiar,Rilee 6 Zaheer, 7 Mithun, 8 Nannes/Pradeep

    Mumbai - Have to fill up the gaps 1 Sachin, 2 Jacobs 3 Rohit, 4&5 Two Uncapped Batsman 6 & 7 Symonds/ Henriques/ Blizzard/ Pollard, 8 Harbhajan, 9 Malinga/Clint McKay/Franklin, 10 Munaf 11 Uncapped Bowler

    Delhi - Unpredictable 1 Sehwag, 2 Warner, 3 Venugopal, 4 Finch/Ingram/Wade, 5 Irfan 6 Naman, 7 Hopes/Frylinck/Merwe, 8 Morkel/ McDonald/Birt, 9 Agarkar, 10 Dinda, 11 Umesh

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    itv 4 showing it in the uk, like last year

  • on January 11, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    hi does antone know who will be showing the ipl 2011,in the uk ,is it itv4 or the big bad sky

  • tikna on January 11, 2011, 4:46 GMT

    Its very early to say anythng but Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab dont look too good on paper and MI have matches home and away against them so thats a big plus for us. CSK at home is a match I am looking forward to and Kochi also at home should be easy (ofcourse I can be proven horibbly wrong). KKR away has been a good venue in the past but then their team has fully changed and Kolkata will be cheering loud for Sachin and Bhajji but will still probably hope MI lose.

  • on January 10, 2011, 23:20 GMT

    when murali is ranked no 1in bawling. most peaple hesutate call him world no1 spinner. but with gram swan no 1 seems to have problems .

  • xenon555 on January 10, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Chennai looks the best. They have retained everyone big except murali and they have added and explosive westindian all rounder (bravo), possibly the biggest x-factor in world cricket (styris), a talented young spinner (randiv), a spearhead pace bowler (Kulusekera), and a swing bowler (Hilfenhaus). Bangalore has also done a great job. They knew who they were looking for and got them. They don't seem to be lacking except they have quite a few oversees players. Delhi is weak. After retaining Sehwag and redrafting Warner they have been poor. They only have one spinner (vd merwe) who is really good but they dont have the 2 spinners option. They have too many indian pacers who will not be a big help to Morne morkel who will be everything in their pace bowling attack. Yadav has talent but still needs to develop. Dinda is inconsistent, and Agarkar is old. They wasted tons of money on an allrounder like Irfan who can't bat or bowl at an elite level. But, I like the addition of Ingram

  • on January 10, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    Fair game for all......???

  • Samiya93 on January 10, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    All the teams are having a good balance . I don't understand why people are criticizing SRK for leaving Sourav Ganguly . It was'nt only his duty to take him but all other 9 teams are also responsible . Its a fact that Dada failed to perform his duty as a captain in the last three years , then why do we expect such a player to be picked always ? Are'nt we being biased ? Even great players like Brian Lara have been left out .

  • Angad11 on January 10, 2011, 18:21 GMT

    @riyaz - spot on riyaz, i support DC but apart from DC i support MI only cause of the little champ, anything to see a smile on his face.

  • CONRODS on January 10, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Sachin won't play in kochi...sad...MI's only match against kochi is in Mumbai...Sachin has fared always when he played in Kochi...we all are known well about the "SACHIN-COCHIN" relation...we are not lucky to see it this year...

  • on January 10, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    PROBABLE KOCHI ELEVEN.... for 1st match(as of now) in batting order)

    1. PARTHIV Patel (WK) 2. Brendon McCULLUM (foreign 1) ...3. Mahela JAYAWARDANE (foreign 2) [CAPTAIN] 4. VVS LAXMAN 5. Brad HODGE** / Owais SHAH * (foreign 3) 6. RAIPHI Vincent Gomez ( Kerala Ranji Captain) 7. Ravendra JADEJA 8. VINAY Kumar 9. R. P.Singh 10.SREESANTH 11.Muttaiah MURALIDARAN (foreign 4)

  • on January 10, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    I wont be surprised if IPL4 ends with the same top 4 teams as in IPL3 repeats. i.e. MI, DC, CSK and RCB will be top 4 teams again... RR will slump to bottom, preceded by KKR :)

  • on January 10, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    RCB got away with playing MI just once at home and CSK too.. nice cos mumbai are one of the fav teams ...

  • on January 10, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    CSK- twice finalists, once semis, winners of ipl-3 and CL-2... The most consistent and they hav almost retained al thr players and bot even bettr players now.... A team to watchout for.... "NEVER UNDERESTIMATE CAPTAIN COOL< U LL B LEFT AN ULTIMATE FOOL" chennai superkings ka Whisle podu

  • on January 10, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    Every one feeling that, those teams who got rr, kochi, kxip twice are lucky. But its t20, dont predict anything before start of the tourney.

  • jjrodz on January 10, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    The teams were split into two groups for the draw. Group A: SPW | DD | DC | KXIP | MI Group B: CSK | Kochi | KKR | RCB | RR

    Each team will play the other teams in the same group twice (8 games), and one team from the other group twice and the rest of the teams once (home or away according to the draw, 2 + 4 = 6 games). So each team will play a total of 14 games. So total number of games in the round-robin stage = (10 x 14) / 2 = 70. The groups have no significance except for the draw.

    The top four teams in the league table progress to the next stage. The teams placed (1) and (2) play the first semi-final and the winner of the tie progress to the final. The teams placed (3) and (4) play the quarter-final and the winner of this game progress to the second semi-final, where they take on the loser of the first semi-final. Thus including the final, there are 74 games in IPL 4.

    And I reckon, the name of the Kochi team will be 'Kochi Bruisers'.

  • on January 10, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    THE TEAMS IS DIVIDED IN TWO GROUPS:-

    GROUP A -> PUNE,DC,DD,MI,KXIP

    GROUP B -> CSK,KOCHI,RCB,KKR ,RR

    MY TEAM RCB ROCKING THIS YEAR IPL

  • hsay on January 10, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    @pete9 there is no weak team in d IPL,specially after RR won the first ipl

  • yuvik530i on January 10, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Even though the draw doesnt look good, I hope CSK ll retain the IPL trophy as they retained most of their winning team members... All the best for Chennai.. CHENNAI SUPER KINGS KU PERIA WHISTLE PODU !!

  • Riyazdeen on January 10, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    RIYAS: one bad news for Chennai people, Litttle master scahin wont be coming to chennai since we dont have match against them here. very unfortunate... atleast for this reason this format should be changed for ipl5... Csk franchise n Mr. Krish please make note of it..

  • on January 10, 2011, 11:57 GMT

    nice draw for MI....MI rocks....want to see how the 2 debutant teams fare!!

  • on January 10, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    As the auction took place reccently and no team has seen all its players together in the same room, no one can say who is strong or who is weak. The richest team may not be the strongest or poorest the weakest

  • nishadck on January 10, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    iam going to miss seeeing sachin play at chennai since there is no away matches for mi against super kings

  • --.-- on January 10, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Guys, don't take Delhi and Kochi teams too lightly. About Kochi: As they have NO quality Indian batsman so it's certain that they will go with 4 overseas batsmen, the likes of Mahela, Hodge, McCullum, Owais Shah/Klinger followed by Pathiv Patel, R. Jadeja and R. Powar who can also bat. and bowling dept. will be handled by Indian bowlers..Sreesanth, Vinay Kr., R.P. Singh, R. Powar. About Delhi: They certainly have fire power @ the top. Warner, Sehwag and Finch. If these 3 guys bat for 10-14 overs, then everyone knows how dangerous it can be for the opposition. and Irfan Pathan and James Hopes will bat down the order. Morne Morkel would be their trump card, mark my words. He is in form of his life. In UAE, we saw what Razzaq did to fast bowlers of SA and only bowler that was successful was Morkel on those pitches that are similar to that of India. KKR, CSK, MI and Pune might be the top 4 teams of this IPL due to the presence of more quality Indian batsmen.

  • indianzen on January 10, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    I support chennai again... one and only winner for ever from 2010 are CSK...

  • -mZm- on January 10, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    thaks freakygs for the clarification.... KKR & MI hav a good chance this time....

  • on January 10, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    DAREDEVILS WILL ROCK THERE THATS ULTIMATE............................................................

  • StarTeam11 on January 10, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    KXIP, MI, Pune, DD ..... ho this team had some luck thy hav only one game wit KKR

  • on January 10, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    I am not able to understand the method of draw, please explain CSK is best selection.

  • fullgood on January 10, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    oh! we kochi people cannot see the perfomance of sachin here

  • kvrnpavan on January 10, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    when KXIP plays at hyderabad there will be huge support for gilly..... he made such an impact on DC ...... but with or without gilly .... DC rox ..... go chargers ....

  • Rahul.Shinde on January 10, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    This system does not give equal apportunity to Each Team. Weak teams may need to play 2 matches with strong teams, which will further decrease their chances. If they want to limit mathces, then 1. play only one match with each team. (45 league + 2 semis + 1 final + 1 for 3/4 = 49) or 2. Devide the teams in to 2 Groups ( 40 league + 12 super six + 2 + 1 + 1 = 56 )

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @anez kochi has just born they have to find uncapped players which is going to be too difficult,chennai on the other hand comes after conquering the world (the champions league has any one heard of it?) so please dont compare kochi with the kings of the world ,after u achieve something u can surely talk as of now chennai is the big deal for any one who knows club cricket

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    Its kind on RCB... Kochi, KXIP Home and Away... And jus one against MI and DC.. Loving it.. Finally, the sense of NBA prevails here too..

  • Sampathkumar_P on January 10, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    @Rupesh - I'll explain as far as my understanding:

    Lets take the first row. Team Home and away Home Away Pune DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK Kochi, KKR RCB, RR

    In this Pune will play 2 matches each against DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK (one at Pune and one at any of DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK home) Then one match against Kochi and KKR only at Pune (No match against Kochi at Kochi and no match against KKR at Kolkata) Then one match against RCB and RR only at their home grounds (One at Bangalore and One at Jaipur only . No Match against them in Pune)

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    This type of fixture is suck!! all team should play each other home & away. After Lalit Modi left, these bugger will kill IPL. Everything now very confusing.

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:10 GMT

    I cant get the logic behind this. They cud have had 2 groups with each having 5 teams.

  • on January 10, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    Rupesh: Unlike previous IPL editions, all teams will not face each either twice. Teams will play 5 teams listed under "Home and Away" at both the home and away venues, 2 teams under "Home" at the home venue and 2 teams under "Away" at the away venue. Example: CSK will play Kochi, KKR, RCB, RR, Pune at both Chennai and the away team's venue (10 matches); DD and DC only at Chennai (2 matches); KXIP and MI at Mohali and Mumbai respectively (2 matches). A total of 14 matches.

  • quotejester on January 10, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Every team plays 14 matches, so the team in the first column plays the teams in the second column twice (home and away). They face the teams in the third column only at home, and the the teams in the fourth column only away. [(5x2)+2+2]

  • Pete9 on January 10, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    ...... Also MI will play only once with 3 strong teams (CSK, RCB, KKR). Jackpot for MI!!!!

  • Pete9 on January 10, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    Since MI will play twice with 3 weak teams (DD, KXIP, RR), They have good chance!!!

  • freakygs on January 10, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Column1, i.e. Team would play Column2 in both home and away (10 matches); Column3 only at home(2 matches) and Column4 at away (2 matches), Total 14 matches; 7 home, 7 away

    Confusing??

    We'll take an Example. Pune would play home and away with DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK... only home with Kochi, KKR and only away with RCB, RR; which adds up to 14 matches(7 home-7 away).

  • Vishavnath on January 10, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I am not able to understand the method of draw, please explain

    Mumbai Indians are the best team, they rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bsin82 on January 10, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    For those who cannot understand this - Team pune plays 5 teams (DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK) home and away, 2 teams (Kochi, KKR) only at home ans 2 teams (RCB, RR) only away - a total of 5*2 + 2 + 2 = 14 games. Apply the same logic for other teams.

  • Saroj_25 on January 10, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    can anyone explain , how this draws are decided !! OR there lies some cricket politics behind these draws to favor some certain teams ??

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    this sucks ... doesnt look good at all

  • saifud on January 10, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    KKR will be superb this season

  • BULTY on January 10, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    The draw seems to have been made to limit the matches to 74, for which the break up will be 70 league matches; two semifinals, one play off for 3-4 places and the final. This schedule itself is going to take a long time to finish; hence why lengthen it still further.

  • avkris on January 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    @ns_krishnan don't write off a team even before the tournament has begun. Remember what happened in 2008 when everyone had written off Rajasthan. I'm not saying Kochi's gonna do what the Royals did, but it will be foolish to say which has Mahela, Murali, McCullum, Hodge, Owais Shah is not pathetic!

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    As an RCB fanatic,i am dekighted with this match up and would bet my life that it will make the last 4 for sure

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:40 GMT

    @Rupesh Lets take RCB as my team...I have to play 2 matches one home and one away against RR,CSK,Kochi,KKR,KXIP....and one match each in home against MI and Pune...and one match each in away against DD and DC..Thats all...So in first total 10 matches....and at last 4 teams 4 matches...Total 14 matches for each team...

  • justinkjolly on January 10, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Rupesh, Suppose the case of DD;

    DD will play Home & Away matches with teams DC,KXIP,MI & Kochi. Like the previous editions....(Total 10 Mat.)

    With KKR & RCB they will play single match in Delhi (DD's Home Ground). (total 2 Matc.)

    Finally DD have to play with RR & CSK in their respective home grounds. (total 2 mat.)

    Totally 14 matches to each team in the preliminary stage.....

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    The organisers were hoping to ditch Rajasthan and Kochi, so now they're still in they want to stick with their anticipated 14 games a side. Still more games overall though. Last year 56 games, this year 70. If everyone played everyone it would be 90.

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @ns_krishnan.. Don't be so confident.. Now only Auction is over, now the teams will fill the rest of slots with domestic players and those who were not in auction. U don't know our domestic players.. We have a lot of talented youngsters, more ferocious than Sreesanth. So be careful. Some times u may loose both the matches.

    @ Rupesh.. its easy to understand eg: Kochi plays KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD twice , both in Kochi and in the other team's home grounds. Against DC, KXIP they play only once and it will be played in Kochi. Against MI, Pune they play once, in Mumbai & Pune.

  • atulsaxena1992 on January 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    kochi buuied so many players bt i can't really think of dis team winnin or evn makin it to d semi' really a pathetic team............

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    @ ns_krishnan...u can never under estimate any other team....and i dont think ur chennai is superior in all the aspect than any othe teams......SO CHILL.........

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    anyone explain me ????????

  • denza on January 10, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    can anyone please simply this............too complicated

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    ns_Krishnan, As a CSK fan its gud that u expect to win all the game u play.but don't forget what happend in IPL 1st season....RR looked pathetic than Kochi then, still they conquered everyone.. including the mighty CSK.

  • ObjectionalWords on January 10, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    krishnan, as a Kings XI fan I am glad we are only playing CSK the once. However, don't be too quick to judge that Pune side. There is some formidable batting in that lineup and with Murali, RP and a consistent Sreesanth the bolwing could become a problem for other sides as well.

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    @krisha u got chance 2 lose 2 time wid Kochi(great team)....

  • 504429641 on January 10, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Group 1: DD, DC, KXIP, MI, Pune Group 2: CSK, RCB, RR, KKR, Kochi

    pune team's name is confirmed "Sahara Pune Warriors". but can any one tell what is kochi team's name?

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Each team will play with every other team with this format.....Taking Kochi into consideration they will play with KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD as usual home & away matches...but with MI & Pune, they will play only away matches...therefor Sachin & Yuvraj will not come to Kochi....at the same time DC & KXiP will come to Kochi but Kochi will never go their home ground. So each team will have 14 games. So there should be a total of 60 games.

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:05 GMT

    Each team will play with every other team with this format.....Taking Kochi into consideration they will play with KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD as usual home & away matches...but with MI & Pune, they will play only away matches...therefor Sachin & Yuvraj will not come to Kochi....at the same time DC & KXiP will come to Kochi but Kochi will never go their home ground. So each team will have 14 games. So there should be a total of 60 games.

  • on January 10, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    Great News for CSK, The play the other better teams DD,DC,KXIP(good becoz of Gilly :P),MI only once and hence they will have most chance to qualify ahead...

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    its aplay off format in which a team(x) would play 5 teams twice and 4 teams only once .

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Both kochi and RR twice. lot of points for Chennai..

  • dprasadh on January 10, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    @Rupesh - Each of the ten teams will play 2 matches (one at home and one away) with the teams that are listed under the "Home and Away" column. Eg: CSK will play Kochi, KKR, RCB, RR, Pune twice, thats a total of 10 matches. Then the teams will play one match against the rest. Eg: CSK will play DD & DC (at home, ie. Chennai) and KXIP & MI away. Thats a total of 4 matches, thereby making the total number of matches a team would play, to 14. Hope this helps!

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    we saw in IPL 1 & IPL2 RAJASTAN & DECCAN so hre comes KOCHI ....ters a little bit of luck .......

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    GROUP A or GROUP 1 : PUNE, DD, DC, KXIP, MI GROUP B or GROUP 2: CSK, KOCHO, KKR, RCB, RR

    a) Each team will play every other team in the same group twice, that is home and away...4x2=8 b) Each team will play 1 team from the opposite group both home and away, ...1x2=2 b) Each team will play the remaining 4 teams in the opposite group once, either home or away, 2 home and 2 away to be precise... 4x1=4 So a+b+c = 8+2+4= 14

    Let me explain with my fav team CSK... a) CSK will play 4 home and away games with teams in their group, ie, KOCHI, KKR, RCB and RR.... 4x2=8 b) CSK will play a team from the opposite group, ie, PUNE (For other teams it will be some other team) both home and away... 1x2=2 c) CSK will play the remaining 4 teams in the opposite group only once, ie, DD, DC, KXIP and MI, 2 games home and the 2 away... DD and DC @ Home and KXIP and MI away... 4x1=4

    I can explain it if you give your fav team...

  • KnightRiderX on January 10, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    this is less whacky than the 2-group format they came up with earlier

  • binoyav on January 10, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @rupesh, each and every team has to play 14 league games. For ex:- take the example of kochi.. kochi has to play against KKR, RCB, RR, CSK, DD from the home ground as well as away (same opponents).. so total 10 games + against DC, KXIP from the home ground (2 games) + against MI, Pune from away (2 games), so total 14.. hope it makes sense..

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    as kings xi punjab fan, the team chosen by prety zinta is not very good because there is no regular indian batsman or bowler (in current indian team)

  • Anez on January 10, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    @ns_krishnan - will c @ the field pal, How Kochin dudes are going 2 screw Dhoni and yellow kids

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    To prevent the over stress on cricketers IPL governing council prepared a different rather clumpsy format in which a team plays on 7 home and 7 away matches by which the num of matches played by each team is 14 as is case in previous 3 versions.. so each plays both home and away matches with 5 teams and only home and only away with 2 each of remaining 4 teams

  • anoopsy on January 10, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    I'm sure Sharda Ugra will find conspiracies here. Like N.Srinivasan somehow magically influenced the 'random' draw to get himself the weakest teams to play twice. (even before the teams are finalised). Ha.. Something's not right with her. Someone please kick her out.

  • Magchennai on January 10, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    I'm with Rupesh.Can anyone explain this.Seriously

  • Jonnyboy77 on January 10, 2011, 7:22 GMT

    @ ns_krishnan Kochi Have A Awsome Team as a chennai fan i am exactly the opposite to you i feel that they may have a shot at the title

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Being DC fan and staying in bangalore.. missed the chance of seeing RCB vs DC

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    @ns_Krishnan; Don't get over confidence dude!

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    I'll explain... Look at the teams listed above, the first five teams, ie, PUNE, DD, DC, KX1P and MI are in Group 1 or Group A...... The second five teams, ie, CSK, KOCHI, KKR, RCB and RR are in Group 2 or Group B.... Now let me explain it with a single team, since i'm a CSK fan, i'll explain CSK games, you can apply that format with your team... CSK play their group buddies KOCHI, KKR, RCB and RR both home and away games which constitutes 8 games... And they will play a team from the opposite grp both home and away, which is PUNE for CSK, that constitutes, 8+2=10 games..... Then there are 4 teams remaining (DD, DC, KXIP an MI) in the opposite group, CSK will play only one game from each of those 4 teams with any 2 games home and other 2 games away..... That is (4x2=8 (group games)) + (1x2=2 (a team selected from the opposite grp, both home and away)) + (4x1=4 (other 4 teams from the opposite grp, 2 home and 2 away) If you find it hard, let me know your team, i'll explain with it...

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    The new format is really good. But still each team playing 18 matches would have been good. There are totally 10 teams and each team will play only 14 matches. Each team will play only 5 teams each other (home and away - 10 matches), two teams only at home (2 matches) and two teams only at away (2 matches). So now there will be 14 matches for each team

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Kochi will win. definitely not Chennai.

  • SuganR on January 10, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    somebody explain this?????????????

  • on January 10, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    @ns_krishnan....we'll see who wins!!..i think kochi has a good team...i think u were listening to those pathetic commentators from set max..u r a cricinfo fan..rt??...just listen to harsha bhogle or other sensible commentators..

  • Champ18 on January 10, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    why does BCCI have to come up with such a complicated thing??? cant they keep it simple?

  • agonwar on January 10, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    hmmm...for example PUNE will play home and away matches with 'DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK'...that is 10 matches....however they play only once with 'Kochi, KKR' at home ..that is 2 matches....and play only once with 'RCB, RR' as away matches (at their home ground)...that is 2 matches...so totaly (10+2+2) = 14 matches...

  • llchennai on January 10, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    It is like this... Each team plays 5 teams twice (one at home and one away) and the other 4 teams once (2 matches at home and 2 away) = total 10+2+2=14 matches per team. For 10 teams, 70 league matches in all; 4 final matches. Total 74 matches in all. In the 4-match finals after the league, 4 top teams are chosen, 1 meets 2 and winner goes to finals straightaway; loser gets another chance as follows: loser will meet the winner of 3 & 4 and whoever wins goes to finals; so even if u r the 4th best team, you can theoretically win the IPL if you can beat the 3rd team first and the loser of 1 & 2 next.

  • anuragchamp on January 10, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    i m a dc fan and thankfully we play csk only once!

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    It is simple... Let us consider Pune.. Home and Away - This means Pune will play the listed five teams at the home ground and also their respective away grounds... So that counts for 10 matches.

    Home - This means, Pune will play the two teams at Home.. 2 matches.

    Away - This means, Pune will the two teams at their respective grounds.. 2 matches...

    So, this way.. 10 + 2 + 2 = 14 league matches...

    How could BCCI do away with the money of playing matches... All the best to the tired players after the World Cup... :)

  • abhitupe on January 10, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    The explanation of the draw is simpler. Had all the teams played against everyone. No. of matches would have increased. Also, groups would not have maintained the title of "league". So they have kept the number of matches to be played by each team same 14 per team. But, since there are many teams and it does makes sense to at least play with each other once. So, they have decided with 5 teams for each of the team with each it plays 2 matches. and other 4 teams, 2 away and 2 home. Now there is a lot of luck, if one of the teams is really weak, so definitely this format would have find a new way in the next season. As of now I am happier as Mumbai Indian's fan that we play RCB and CSK just once. But, time will tell whether it is good or bad. Its new and interesting. I hope this clears doubts.

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    To Rupesh Parekh

    Take Example of Mumbai Indians....

    Mumbai Will play total 14 matches, with following structure.....

    5 each At Home (in Mumbai) and Away (At home ground of respective team)

    5 X 2 = 10 ( 5 Teams are Pune, DD, DC, KXIP, RR)

    Only at Home (in Mumbai)

    2 X 2 ( 2 teams are CSK and Kochi)

    Only away (At home ground of respective team)

    2 X 2 ( 2 teams are KKR and RCB)

    Same for all other teams...Hope this will clear your doubts

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    @Rupesh Take Pune for example at the top. They play 5 of the other IPL teams twice during the competition. These are Delhi (DD), Deccan (DC), Punjab (KXIP), Mumbai (MI) and Chennai (CSK).

    They then play Kochi, Kolkata (KKR), Bangalore (RCB) and Rajasthan (RR) only once. At either home or away as it says in the table.

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Tough Draw for CSK. Need to play RCB,KKR,Pune Home & Away. Because of tough competion between top teams, there may be surprises in the semifinal line-up!

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    pretty awkward system now

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    yes RR will play against KKR and Kochi, too happy...Pathan will be a flop this year...

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    ITS like: if we take an example of Pune team , it has to play 5 matches in home as well as away with the following DD, DC, KXIP, MI, CSK teams. and only home matches with Kochi, KKR teams and away matches with RCB, RR teams. so totally 10+2+2=14 matches. Great idea.....IPL4 rocks :)

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @Rupesh Parekh...all teams play 2 matches with each team in the category "Home and Away", 1 match in category "Home" and "Away" ...making it each team to play 14 matches...

  • AshwinL on January 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    As a CSK fan feeling very sad that there is no home match for CSK against Mmbai Indians...:(:(

  • Hoggy_1989 on January 10, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    And yet I still couldn't care less: India can keep your 'cricket'...while the rest of the world enjoys real cricket.

  • TRAM on January 10, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    After these matches how is the next round / SF and finals decided please?

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    i agree with ns krishnan...........

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN PLAYERS PER TEAM, OTHERWISE QUALITY OF CRICKET WILL BE LOW WITH 7 INDIAN PLAYERS IN A TEAM(7*10= NEED 70 GOOD INDIAN PLAYERS) ALTHOUGH THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 50 OF THEM

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    That means, first group has - DC, DD, KXIP, MI and SPW.. And the second group has - CSK, KKR, KT, RR, RCB.. The thing to note here is that the points table will be common for both the groups.. The first group has two strong teams i.e. MI and Pune, while DC, DD and KXIP seemed to lack direction in the auction.. The second group has two very strong teams in CSK and RCB, then KKR too have formed a nice core group, Kochi I feel will surprise many who think that they are weak and RR with some impact players already in, will always bond strong under Warne.. What it means is that teams from the second group who have avoided playing MI or Pune twice (i.e. RCB, KKR and KT) will be feeling pretty good right now.. From the first group, Pune have to play twice against CSK and that could prove decisive to their chances.. DC who play KKR twice and KXIP who play RCB twice look set for a tussle for the wooden spoon!!

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    can anyone explain this................

  • ns_krishnan on January 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    As a CSk fan, I am happy that we get t play Kochi twice, 2 wins in the bag. Seriously, that team is pathetic.

  • kidnextdoor on January 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    when are we going to get the dates for the games?

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  • kidnextdoor on January 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    when are we going to get the dates for the games?

  • ns_krishnan on January 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    As a CSk fan, I am happy that we get t play Kochi twice, 2 wins in the bag. Seriously, that team is pathetic.

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    can anyone explain this................

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    That means, first group has - DC, DD, KXIP, MI and SPW.. And the second group has - CSK, KKR, KT, RR, RCB.. The thing to note here is that the points table will be common for both the groups.. The first group has two strong teams i.e. MI and Pune, while DC, DD and KXIP seemed to lack direction in the auction.. The second group has two very strong teams in CSK and RCB, then KKR too have formed a nice core group, Kochi I feel will surprise many who think that they are weak and RR with some impact players already in, will always bond strong under Warne.. What it means is that teams from the second group who have avoided playing MI or Pune twice (i.e. RCB, KKR and KT) will be feeling pretty good right now.. From the first group, Pune have to play twice against CSK and that could prove decisive to their chances.. DC who play KKR twice and KXIP who play RCB twice look set for a tussle for the wooden spoon!!

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    INCREASE THE NUMBER OF FOREIGN PLAYERS PER TEAM, OTHERWISE QUALITY OF CRICKET WILL BE LOW WITH 7 INDIAN PLAYERS IN A TEAM(7*10= NEED 70 GOOD INDIAN PLAYERS) ALTHOUGH THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 50 OF THEM

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    i agree with ns krishnan...........

  • TRAM on January 10, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    After these matches how is the next round / SF and finals decided please?

  • Hoggy_1989 on January 10, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    And yet I still couldn't care less: India can keep your 'cricket'...while the rest of the world enjoys real cricket.

  • AshwinL on January 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    As a CSK fan feeling very sad that there is no home match for CSK against Mmbai Indians...:(:(

  • on January 10, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    @Rupesh Parekh...all teams play 2 matches with each team in the category "Home and Away", 1 match in category "Home" and "Away" ...making it each team to play 14 matches...