With the Karnataka elections scheduled to take place on May 12, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB’s) home game against Delhi Daredevils (DD) has been swapped with the team’s reverse fixture on April 21st. This means that RCB will take on DD at home, Chinnaswamy Stadium, on April 21st, while they will travel to Delhi to play against Daredevils on May 12.
As soon as the elections dates were announced, the swapping has been done in order for a smooth conduct of both the matches. Karnataka will go to vote on the 12th of May in all 224 constituencies of the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka. The counting of votes and announcement of results will be done on the 15th of May.
The rescheduling of these matches means that RCB will not play IPL matches at home during the elections and announcement phases. Bangalore team will return to their home ground to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final home game on the 17th of May. This also means Delhi Daredevils’ first home game gets pushed by a further two days. They were initially slated to take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) early in the tournament, but with the Chandigarh Airport scheduled to be closed during mini-May, KXIP’s venues were swapped, with Mohali getting the first three games and Indore hosting the last four.
It also meant that DD’s home game against KXIP was moved to April 23rd. DD was then was scheduled to lock horns with RCB in their first game at the Feroz Shah Kotla on the 21st, but now, even that game has seen a change.
Delhi Daredevils will kickstart their campaign on April 8 against KXIP in Mohali, whereas RCB will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Kolkata on the same date on a double-header Sunday.