The highly-anticipated schedule for the final phase, playoffs and the final, has been announced and it will be Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium which will be hosting the final of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on May 12th.
On the other hand, the first qualifier will be hosted by Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. The next two games – qualifier 2 and eliminator will be played in Visakhapatnam. The first qualifier will be played on May 7 while the other two fixtures will be played on May 8 and 10.
The shifting of venues came after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) faced a number of challenges due to elections.
The top four teams will battle it out in the playoffs to find a place in the finals of India’s cash-rich league. The losing team of the qualifier one will get another chance to be a part of the final game in the ‘eliminator’.
The ongoing edition of the IPL is nearing the business end. While all the teams are battling to make it to the playoffs, here’s a look at the standings so far.
By winning seven out of 10 matches, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is first on the table with 14 points. They are closely followed by Mumbai Indians (MI) and Delhi Capitals (DC) who are second and third, respectively with 12 points.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) is fourth while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is fifth with 10 points each. After a decent start, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has lost five consecutive games and is placed at sixth with eight points. Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are seventh and eighth with six points apiece.
SRH and Rajasthan have played nine matches while other teams have played 10 games. While some teams are tied in terms of the points, they are placed higher on the table due to their net run rate.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar