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World cricket’s most colourful, controversial and glamourous competition returns to ITV as the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League takes place on the sub-continent.

Another hectic month-and-a-half awaits for some of the sport’s biggest names as they get ready to blend sublime skills with brute power for the biggest T20 competition of them all.

Known for its glamour and razzmatazz, the revolutionary IPL is now in its sixth year and ITV4 will be showing live free-to-air coverage of 72 of the 76 games during the seven-week long festival of T20 cricket, with the four other matches exclusively live on ITV.com.

IPL 6′s opening match takes place on Wednesday, April 4 and sees last year’s champions Kolkata Knight Riders take on Delhi Daredevils at the famous Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata.

Kolkata will fancy their chances of going for back-to-back IPL titles this year having assembled a strong squad, including a mix of wise old heads such as Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Brad Haddin as well as exciting youngsters, led by captain Gautam Gambhir.

Delhi boast a very strong batting line-up, including Australia’s David Warner, although they also won’t have the services of Kevin Pietersen as he recovers from injury ahead of an important Ashes summer.

Despite the loss of Pietersen to the Daredevils, England will still have a sprinkling of representation in this season’s competition.

Batsman Eoin Morgan contracted to defending champions Kolkata, Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright will represent Pune Warriors, while Owais Shah plays for the Rajasthan Royals.

The Royals have never challenged for the trophy since Shane Warne led them to the inaugural IPL title in 2008, so they won’t be lacking for motivation this season.

They have a squad that could pose a lot of problems for opposition teams, particularly their fast bowling stocks which feature frightening pacemen Fidel Edwards and Shaun Tait.

Pune Warriors have been hit hard by the loss of Australia captain Michael Clarke through injury, although they still boast a decent batting line-up featuring Yuvraj Singh, England’s Luke Wright and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor.

Other big names to look out for include Chennai Super Kings, who are one of the IPL’s most successful teams, having taken the title in 2010 and 2011 and falling just short last year.

They possess an intimidatingly strong squad, with T20 specialists such as Dirk Nannes and Dwayne Bravo joining genuine superstars like MS Dhoni, Mike Hussey and Ravindra Jadeja.

Big-spending Mumbai Indians recently splashed $1 million on Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. They also have legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in their side.

Throw in the world’s undisputed best T20 bowler in Lasith Malinga and one of the most valuable all-rounders in Kieron Pollard and Mumbai are will be confident of improving on their third place from last season.

Royal Challengers Bangalore will rely heavily on big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, while newcomers Sunrisers Hyderabad make their debut in the IPL for 2013, replacing Deccan Chargers.

The new outfit have assembled an impressive team for their debut season, featuring international stars like Kumar Sangakarra, Daly Steyn and Darren Sammy to compliment a host of locals headlined by Shikhar Dhawan.

Following 72 group stage games between all ten of the competing teams, the tournament will come to a spectacular conclusion with the play-offs, featuring the top four teams, followed by the showpiece final, which will be held at Eden Gardens on Sunday, May 26.

With its copious dose of Bollywood and razzmatazz, along with super sixes and dashing fours, the cricketing world will not not be same this Spring.

Details of how to to follow the 2013 IPL on ITV4:

ITV4 will screen 72 of the 76 matches from IPL 2013 exclusively live in its fourth year of covering the competition.

The other four games, which clash with British Touring Car Championship coverage, will be shown live online via ITV.com, as will all of ITV4′s live games.

Matt Smith and Shonali Nagrani (above) will return as the main presenters of ITV4′s studio-based coverage.

They will share presenting duties Angus Scott, Mark Pougatch and former England women’s international Isa Guha during the seven-week tournament.

Studio analysts and guests will include Mark Ramprakash, Mark Butcher, Alec Stewart, Dominic Cork, Vikram Solanki and Simon Hughes.

Former India batsman turned top cricket broadcaster and journalist Aakash Chopra also joins the ITV team for the 2013 competition.

ITV4′s coverage also includes a series of special programmes looking back at some of the key moments in the short but spectacular history of the IPL, all presented by Simon Hughes.

The live action begins on Wednesday, April 4, at 2.45pm with live coverage of Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils. The show also includes highlights from the opening ceremony.

Commentators from the host broadcaster in India will include Ravi Shastri, Sunil Gavaskar, Kepler Wessels, Rameez Raja, Sanjay Manjrekar, Darren Ganga, Simon Doull, Harsha Bhogle, Alan Wilkins, Robin Jackman, HD Ackerman, Danny Morrison, L Sivaramakrishnan, Pommie Mbangwa, Craig McMillan, Ian Bishop and Alastair Campbell.

Monday 1st April
Indian Premier League: Greatest Moments
8.00pm-9.00pm – ITV4
 
Wednesday 3rd April
Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi DaredevilsMatch 1
LIVE: 2.45pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Indian Premier League: Biggest Hitters
7.30pm-8.30pm - ITV4
 
Thursday 4th April
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians – Match 2
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 5th April
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Pune Warriors - Match 3
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 6th April
Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals - Match 4
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians - Match 5
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 7th April
Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab - Match 6
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 7
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Monday 8th April
Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 8
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Indian Premier League: Greatest Games
7.30pm-8.30pm - ITV4
 
Tuesday 9th April
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 9
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils – Match 10
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 10th April
Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings – Match 11
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Thursday 11th April
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders – Match 12
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals – Match 13
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 12th April
Delhi Daredevils v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 14
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 13th April
Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors – Match 15
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 16
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 14th April
Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 17
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab – Match 18
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Monday 15th April
Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors - Match 19
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Tuesday 16th April
Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 20
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Daredevils - Match 21
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 17th April
Pune Warriors v Sunrisers Hyderbad - Match 22
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians - Match 23
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Thursday 18th April
Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings - Match 24
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 19th April
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kings XI Punjab - Match 25
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 20th April
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings - Match 26
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals - Match 27
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 21st April
Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians - Match 28
LIVE: 11.30am-3.00pm – ITV.com/sport | Start: 11:30
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals - Match 29
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV.com/sport | Start: 15:30
 
IPL Highlights - Delhi v Mumbai & Bangalore v Rajasthan
10.00pm-11.00pm – ITV4
 
Monday 22nd April
Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals - Match 30
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Tuesday 23rd April
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors - Match 31
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab - Match 32
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 24th April
Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians - Match 33
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Thursday 25th April
Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 34
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.45pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 26th April
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab – Match 35
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 27th April
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad – Match 36
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 37
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm- ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 28th April
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders – Match 38
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors – Match 39
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Monday 29th April
Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 40
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab – Match 41
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Tuesday 30th April
Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings – Match 42
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 1st May
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians – Match 43
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders – Match 44
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Thursday 2nd May
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab – Match 45
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm – ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Pune Warriors v Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 46
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.45pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 3rd May
Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals – Match 47
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 4th May
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils – Match 48
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 5th May
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings – Match 49
LIVE: 11.30am-3.30pm – ITV.com/sport | Start: 11:30
 
Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors – Match 50
LIVE: 3.30pm-7.30pm – ITV.com/sport | Start: 15:30
  
Monday 6th May
Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 51
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Tuesday 7th May
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils - Match 52
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 53
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 8th May
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Chennai Super Kings - Match 54
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
  
Thursday 9th May
Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals - Match 55
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 56
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 10th May
Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 57
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Saturday 11th May
Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians - Match 58
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Kings XI Punjab v Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 59
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 12th May
Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 60
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings - Match 61
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Monday 13th May
Mumbai Indians v Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 62
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Tuesday 14th May
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab - Match 63
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils - Match 64
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 15th May
Kolkata Knight Riders v Pune Warriors - Match 65
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals - Match 66
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Thursday 16th May
Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore - Match 67
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 17th May
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals - Match 68
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Gayle Force: The Fastest Ton in History
7.30pm-8.30pm – ITV4
 
Saturday 18th May
Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians - Match 69
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings - Match 70
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Sunday 19th May
Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils - Match 71
LIVE: 11.00am-3.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 11:30
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad v Kolkata Knight Riders - Match 72
LIVE: 3.00pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
    
 
IPL PLAYOFFS 2013
 
Tuesday 21st May
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians - Qualifier 1
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Wednesday 22nd May
Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad - Eliminator
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm – ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Friday 24th May
Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals - Qualifier 2 
LIVE: 3.00pm-7.30pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
 
Sunday 26th May
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai/Rajasthan - IPL Final 2013
LIVE: 2.45pm-8.00pm - ITV4 | Start: 15:30
   
  
CLICK HERE for full IPL 2013 fixture/results list

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Why show the target when we want to see the overs ??

  2. Yash says:

    Can somebody have a word with the indian lady commentator and tell her to stop pronouncing the names of indian players like a foreigner. She should teach foreign commentators the actual way to pronounce. Really a bad show b

  3. Chris Silva says:

    Should ipl keep showing or have half naked foreign women dancing in front of the spectators in India. Rape is rife in India and surely this will make it worse for women would it not. You do not want to rouse the buggers anymore do you.

    • Pamela says:

      Not sure your last comment was worded in the best of taste – rape is not an exclusive activity to India is it?? However, as a woman, I actually do agree with your first comment. I prefer the dancers who are dressed in indian costume – they look particularly lovely.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It is really offensive when non-Indian commentators mispronouce names like Chawla, Kulkarni and even Raina. They can easily listen to their fellow-Indian commentators’ pronunciations and can always ask as well. Too many commentators not only spoil the broth but also cost a lot(3 on the ground per over!) not only in monetary terms but also the loss of audiience and reputation. Interviews in the middle of the overs annoy the audience most. Only 1 commentator on the ground is necessary and they shoule remain quiet when the over is being bowled.

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