In what comes as big news to all the cricket fans in Visakhapatnam, the city will be hosting the Eliminator and Qualifier 2 of IPL 2019. While the Eliminator will be played on 8 May, the second Qualifier will be hosted in the city on 10 May. In a recent turn of developments, this year’s IPL final, scheduled to be played on 12 May, has been shifted from Chennai to Hyderabad after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) could not get the permission from the government to open its three closed stands. The ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam last hosted an IPL match in 2016, when CSK took on KXIP in a last-over thriller. The latest development marks the return of IPL to the city after a gap of two years and given the frenzy among the fans, the qualifiers here promise to be high-voltage entertainers.
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