The Indian Premier League Season 12 is heading to a close. Here is how the tournament will progress. It isn’t the regular semifinal and then final format but the top 4 teams have now entered the IPL playoffs.
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 6, 2019
The Mumbai Indians led by Rohit Sharma zoomed to the top of the points table with 9 wins from 14 matches. Although Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals also have 9 wins each, Mumbai are on top due to better net-run-rate. The fourth team to qualify from for the playoffs are the Sunrisers Hyderabad who have racked up just 6 wins from 14 outings.
That’s that from the league stage of the #VIVOIPL.
Mumbai Indians win by 9 wickets and are now the table toppers. pic.twitter.com/F3V0Ga7OsY
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 5, 2019
When are the matches?
Going into the playoffs, Chennai will be hosting Mumbai in Qualifier 1 on Tuesday (today) at 7:30 pm. The winner of this match will proceed straight to the finals whereas the loser will get another chance to reach the final.
The 2nd match of the playoff will be an Eliminator. It will be between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad and will take place in Vizag on Wednesday. The winner goes straight to Qualifier 2 where they play the loser of Qualifier 1. The losing team from the Eliminator goes home.
The final will be played on Sunday 12th May in Hyderabad.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 6, 2019
Delhi has never won the IPL title before, Hyderabad won it in 2016. Both Mumbai and Chennai have won the crown 3 times. The Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are without doubt playing the best cricket in the tournament and it’ll be tough to pick a winner for this season. But one can never count out MS Dhoni and his yellow brigade from Chennai. There is a very popular saying that IPL is a tournament where 7 teams work hard to play Chennai in the final!
Written by: Yash Chawla. Yash is former Anchor of NDTV with over 9 years of experience as a sports journalist.