India's controversial DLF IPL (Indian Premier League) matches starts today in South Africa.
The first match held between Last year's runners-up Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings and defending champions, Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians.
Matches will be played in eight different venues over 37 days. The packed schedule involves moving 700 people, including over 200 television and digital media crew.
It is said that IPL is the world's biggest and controversial Twenty-20 series.
IPL involves a huge amount of money. some argues that IPL is not true cricket but rather play for money. This year IPL series has been insured for $286 million.
Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the highest individual insurance cover of $10.5 million. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh follow behind with Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya of Mumbai Indians commanding the highest price among overseas players.
We haven't heard such amounts of money in international Cricket until the big bang IPL series.
IPL and Bollywood:
IPL teams are well blend with Bollywood stars in India. Punjab Kings 11 comes with pretty preity zinta and Shah Rukh Khan with Knight Riders.
Watch IPL Online:
Watch IPL Live matches with IPL T20. and with Willow TV. You can watch IPL for free with them. Also available in IPL match highlights and match events with official IPL channel on Youtube.
Here is the refined shedule and timing of IPL 2009 S.A.
|Match No.||Between Teams||Venue||Match Date and Time[IST]|
|1||Mumbai Indians Vs Chennai Super Kings||Cape Town||April 18 4 p.m|
|2||Rajasthan Royals Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Cape Town||April 18 8 p.m|
|3||Delhi Daredevils Vs Kings XI Punjab||Cape Town||April 19 4 p.m|
|4||Deccan Chargers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Cape Town||April 19 8 p.m|
|5||Chennai Super Kings Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Port Elizabeth||April 20 8 p.m|
|6||Kings XI Punjab Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||April 21 4 p.m|
|7||Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians||Durban||April 21 8 p.m|
|8||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Deccan Chargers||Cape Town||April 22 8 p.m|
|9||Chennai Super Kings Vs Delhi Daredevils||Durban||April 23 4 p.m|
|10||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals||Cape Town||April 23 8 p.m|
|11||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||April 24 8 p.m|
|12||Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers||Durban||April 25 4 p.m|
|13||Chennai Super Kings Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Cape Town||April 25 8 p.m|
|14||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Delhi Daredevils||Port Elizabeth||April 26 4 p.m|
|15||Kings XI Punjab Vs Rajasthan Royals||Cape Town||April 26 8 p.m|
|16||Deccan Chargers Vs Chennai Super Kings||Durban||April 27 4 p.m|
|17||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians||Port Elizabeth||April 27 8 p.m|
|18||Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals||Pretoria||April 28 8 p.m|
|19||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Durban||April 29 4 p.m|
|20||Kings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians||Durban||April 29 8 p.m|
|21||Deccan Chargers Vs Delhi Daredevils||Pretoria||April 30 4 p.m|
|22||Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||April 30 8 p.m|
|23||Mumbai Indians Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||East London||May 1 4 p.m|
|24||Kings XI Punjab Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Durban||May 1 8 p.m|
|25||Deccan Chargers Vs Rajasthan Royals||Port Elizabeth||May 2 4 p.m|
|26||Delhi Daredevils Vs Chennai Super Kings||Johannesburg||May 2 8 p.m|
|27||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab||Port Elizabeth||May 3 4 p.m|
|28||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Mumbai Indians||Johannesburg||May 3 8 p.m|
|29||Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers||East London||May 4 8 p.m|
|30||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||May 5 4 p.m|
|31||Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||May 5 8 p.m|
|32||Deccan Chargers Vs Mumbai Indians||Pretoria||May 6 8 p.m|
|33||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Rajasthan Royals||Pretoria||May 7 4 p.m|
|34||Kings XI Punjab Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||May 7 8 p.m|
|35||Delhi Daredevils Vs Mumbai Indians||East London||May 8 8 p.m|
|36||Deccan Chargers Vs Kings XI Punjab||Kimberley||May 9 4 p.m|
|37||Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals||Kimberley||May 9 8 p.m|
|38||Mumbai Indians Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Port Elizabeth||May 10 4 p.m|
|39||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils||Johannesburg||May 10 8 p.m|
|40||Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers||Kimberley||May 11 8 p.m|
|41||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Pretoria||May 12 4 p.m|
|42||Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab||Pretoria||May 12 8 p.m|
|43||Delhi Daredevils Vs Deccan Chargers||Durban||May 13 8 p.m|
|44||Bangalore Royal Challengers Vs Chennai Super Kings||Durban||May 14 4 p.m|
|45||Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals||Durban||May 14 8 p.m|
|46||Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils||Bloemfontein||May 15 8 p.m|
|47||Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians||Port Elizabeth||May 16 4 p.m|
|48||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers||Johannesburg||May 16 8 p.m|
|49||Kings XI Punjab Vs Deccan Chargers||Johannesburg||May 17 4 p.m|
|50||Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils||Bloemfontein||May 17 8 p.m|
|51||Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Chennai Super Kings||Pretoria||May 18 8 p.m|
|52||Delhi Daredevils Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Johannesburg||May 19 8 p.m|
|53||Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders||Durban||May 20 4 p.m|
|54||Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab||Durban||May 20 8 p.m|
|55||Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Daredevils||Pretoria||May 21 4 p.m|
|56||Deccan Chargers Vs Bangalore Royal Challengers||Pretoria||May 21 8 p.m|
|57||Semi Final 1||Pretoria||May 22 8 p.m|
|58||Semi Final 2||Johannesburg||May 23 8 p.m|
|59||Final||Johannesburg||May 24 8 p.m|