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The Indian T20 League is a professional twenty20 cricket league in India played during summer by eight teams representing different regions of India. It was started in 2008 and has an exclusive window in the international cricket calendar.

The rise in the popularity of T20 cricket and a dream of bringing all cricket stars in one place, led to the birth of the Indian T20 League. It is now one of the toughest and most-attended cricket leagues in the world.

Over the years, the quality of cricket in the league has attracted millions of cricket fans and managed to keep them glued to their TV screens. Known as one of the most glamorous events of the year, the Indian T20 League is running in its 13th season this year.

2020 Season

With the outbreak of covid-19 just before the usual annual season of the league this year, the mega event was postponed. The whole sports industry was stuck and cricket stopped for an indefinite time. There were heavy speculations about the possibility of the event being held this year, the hosting nation and sponsorships, but finally it was decided to hold the event in the UAE with the bio-bubble and all security measures in place. The 13th season of the league started on September 19 and will conclude on November 10, 2020.

Format

Each team plays with each other twice in a home-and-away round-robin format in the group stage. Top four teams qualify for the knockout round, which is a direct knockout format.

Qualifier 1 1st Placed Team 2nd Placed Team Eliminator 3rd Placed Team 4th Placed Team Qualifier 2 Loser Qualifier 1 Winner Eliminator Final Winner Qualifier 1 Winner Qualifier 2

Indian T20 League Teams

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Sr. No. Match Date Time Location/Stadium
1 Mumbai vs. Chennai 19th September 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
2 Delhi vs. Punjab 20th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
3 Hyderabad vs. Bangalore 21th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
4 Rajasthan vs. Chennai 22nd September 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
5 Kolkata vs. Mumbai 23rd September 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
6 Punjab vs. Bangalore 24th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
7 Chennai vs. Delhi 25th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
8 Kolkata vs. Hyderabad 26th September 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
9 Rajasthan vs. Punjab 27th September 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
10 Bangalore vs. Mumbai 28th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
11 Delhi vs. Hyderabad 29th September 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
12 Rajasthan vs. Kolkata 30th September 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
13 Punjab vs. Mumbai 1st October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
14 Chennai vs. Hyderabad 3rd October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
15 Bangalore vs. Rajasthan 3rd October 2020 3.30 PM Abu Dhabi
16 Delhi vs. Kolkata 3rd October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
17 Mumbai vs. Hyderabad 4th October 2020 3.30 PM Sharjah
18 Punjab vs. Chennai 4th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
19 Bangalore vs. Delhi 5th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
20 Mumbai vs. Rajasthan 6th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
21 Kolkata vs. Chennai 7th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
22 Hyderabad vs. Punjab 8th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
23 Rajasthan vs. Delhi 9th October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
24 Punjab vs. Kolkata 10th October 2020 3.30 PM Abu Dhabi
25 Chennai vs. Bangalore 10th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
26 Hyderabad vs. Rajasthan 1th October 2020 3.30 PM Dubai
27 Mumbai vs. Delhi 1th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
28 Bangalore vs. Kolkata 12th October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
29 Hyderabad vs. Chennai 13th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
30 Delhi vs. Rajasthan 14th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
31 Bangalore vs. Punjab 15th October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
32 Mumbai vs. Kolkata 16th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
33 Rajasthan vs. Bangalore 17th October 2020 3.30 PM Dubai
34 Delhi vs. Chennai 17th October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
35 Hyderabad vs. Kolkata 18th October 2020 3.30 PM Abu Dhabi
36 Mumbai vs. Punjab 18th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
37 Chennai vs. Rajasthan 19th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
38 Punjab vs. Delhi 20th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
39 Kolkata vs. Bangalore 21st October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
40 Rajasthan vs. Hyderabad 22nd October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
41 Chennai vs. Mumbai 23rd October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
42 Kolkata vs. Delhi 24th October 2020 3.30 PM Abu Dhabi
43 Punjab vs. Hyderabad 24th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
44 Bangalore vs. Chennai 25th October 2020 3.30 PM Dubai
45 Rajasthan vs. Mumbai 25th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
46 Kolkata vs. Punjab 26th October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
47 Hyderabad vs. Delhi 27th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
48 Mumbai vs. Bangalore 28th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
49 Chennai vs. Kolkata 29th October 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
50 Punjab vs. Rajasthan 30th October 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
51 Delhi vs. Mumbai 31st October 2020 3.30 PM Dubai
52 Delhi vs. Mumbai 31st October 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
53 Chennai vs. Punjab 1st November 2020 3.30 PM Abu Dhabi
54 Kolkata vs. Rajasthan 1st November 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
55 Delhi vs. Bangalore 2nd November 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
56 Hyderabad vs. Mumbai 3rd November 2020 7.30 PM Sharjah
Play-offs
57 Qualifier 1 5th November 2020 7.30 PM Dubai
58 Eliminator 6th November 202 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
59 Qualifier 2 8th November 2020 7.30 PM Abu Dhabi
60 FINAL 10th November 2020 7.30 PM Dubai

Bangalore: Captain V Kohli is always the one to keep your eyes on. Nothing beats seeing De Villiers in full flow. C Morris is a crafty T20 bowler and a handy lower order batsman.

Chennai: F du Plessis has been the most consistent batsman in the last season. S Curran can give you four quality overs and is useful with the bat as well. D Chahar has been among the wickets in the last few seasons.

Delhi: S Iyer has all the cricket shots in his armory. R Pant is a T20 generation player and can provide fireworks. K Rabada is a thinking pace bowler and the last season’s highest wicket taker for the team.

Hyderabad: Mercurial captain D Warner is last year’s Orange Cap winner. M Pandey can score the bulk of runs in a less experienced middle order. R Khan is a champion bowler in this format.

Kolkata: S Gill is the anchor around whom the team builds large totals. E Morgan has been in excellent form in England colours. V Chakravathy’s mystery spin can be useful on slow UAE tracks.

Mumbai: Q De Kock was the top scorer for Mumbai last year. S Yadav has scored more than 400 runs in the last two seasons. J Bumrah is the current highest wicket taker for Mumbai.

Punjab: L Rahul is going through a golden run of form. N Pooran is a fiery batsman who can dominate any bowling line-up. M Shami is an experienced bowler and knows his game.

Rajasthan: J Buttler is a match winner in this format of the game. B Stokes can contribute with both bat and ball. J Archer is deceptively quick and has matured into a good T20 bowler.

Season Winner Runner-up
2008 Rajasthan Chennai
2009 Deccan Bangalore
2010 Chennai Mumbai
2011 Chennai Bangalore
2012 Kolkata Chennai
2013 Mumbai Chennai
2014 Kolkata Punjab
2015 Mumbai Chennai
2016 Hyderabad Bangalore
2017 Mumbai Pune
2018 Chennai Hyderabad
2019 Mumbai Chennai

The tournament honours players with several awards at the end of each season.

The Orange Cap is awarded to the player who scores the most runs during a season. The top scorer wears the cap during matches and the eventual winner keeps the cap for the season.

Past Winners of the Orange Cap:

Season Player Runs
2008 S Marsh (Punjab) 616
2009 M Hayden (Chennai) 572
2010 S Tendulkar (Mumbai) 618
2011 C Gayle (Bangalore) 608
2012 C Gayle (Bangalore) 733
2013 M Hussey (Chennai) 733
2014 R Uthappa (Kolkata) 660
2015 D Warner (Hyderabad) 562
2016 V Kohli (Bangalore) 973
2017 D Warner (Hyderabad) 641
2018 K Williamson (Hyderabad) 735
2019 D Warner (Hyderabad) 692

The Purple Cap is awarded to the top wicket taker during a season. The leading wicket taker wears the cap during matches and the eventual winner keeps the cap for the season.

Past Winners of the Purple Cap:

Season Player Runs
2008 S Tanvir (Rajasthan) 22
2009 R P Singh (Deccan) 23
2010 P Ohja (Deccan) 21
2011 L Malinga (Mumbai) 28
2012 M Morkel (Delhi) 25
2013 D Bravo (Chennai) 32
2014 M Sharma (Chennai) 23
2015 D Bravo (Chennai) 26
2016 B Kumar (Hyderabad) 23
2017 B Kumar (Hyderabad) 26
2018 A Tye (Punjab) 24
2019 I Tahir (Chennai) 26

With the outbreak of covid-19 just before the usual annual season of the league this year, the mega event was postponed. The whole sports industry was stuck andThe award was called the "Man of the Tournament" till the 2012 season. The league introduced the “Most Valuable Player” rating system in 2013, the leader of which would be named the "Most Valuable Player" at the end of the season.

Past Winners of the MVP Award:

Season Player
2008 S Watson (Rajasthan)
2009 A Gilchrist (Deccan)
2010 S Tendulkar (Mumbai)
2011 C Gayle (Bangalore)
2012 S Narine (Kolkata)
2013 S Watson (Rajasthan)
2014 G Maxwell (Punjab)
2015 A Russell (Kolkata)
2016 V Kohli (Bangalore)
2017 B Stokes (Pune)
2018 S Narine (Kolkata)
2019 A Russell (Kolkata)