The first phase of IPL 2019’s schedule has been released recently and it confirms the first match will be between the defending Champions Chennai Super Kings and the people’s favorite Royal Challengers Bangalore teams.
According to the schedule, IPL 2019 will commence on 23rd of March 2019, in Chennai. The schedule has been released only for 17 days and further schedule will be released in accordance with the General Elections of India. The schedule was not clear of the timings too. IPL this year had to contend with the World Cup too and because the World cup was supposed to happen in May, the schedule has been pulled back from the usual April.
As per the tradition, 8 teams will be competing for the IPL title this year which include Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, and Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils). The teams comprise of some of the best players from around the world and plenty of young players from Indian Domestic teams.
Star IPL Players like Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, MS Dhoni, Gautham Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Jayadev Unadkat, Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, etc., are all part of IPL 2019.
The first match of IPL 12 is between Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli. While it is exciting to watch the two high performing teams battle it out right at the start, the more interesting factor is watching the former Indian team captain battling it out with the current Indian team captain.
On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings had been the victor of IPL 3 times including IPL 2018. Royal Challengers, though are the crowd favorites have never won the IPL title. So, as much as CSK tries to defend the championship, the RCB will surely attempt to steal it away from it. With this factor being the highest motivation for both the teams, it can be predicted that the first match will be as enthralling as a semi-final.