After 46 days and 56 matches, we have final four teams in IPL 2020 play-offs that is set to begin this evening.
Mumbai Indians (MI) of course have finished on top of the points table with 18 points, despite losing their last league match by 10 wickets to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Delhi Capitals (DC) finished second when they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their last league match of the season and reached 16 points.
According to the IPL play-off rules, Qualifier-1 will see the top two teams clashing. So MI and DC will play against each other in Qualifier-1 today (Nov. 5). The winner of this match will go straight through to the final. The loser, however, will not be knocked out but enters Qualifier-2. Qualifier-1 will be played in Dubai.
Meanwhile, SRH pushed RCB down to fourth spot after their big 10 wicket win Vs MI on Tuesday, which means, thanks to their superior Net Run Rate (NRR) of +0.608, they have finished third on the table, despite being tied with RCB (NRR of -0.172) on 14 points.
The Eliminator, which will be played on Nov. 6 in Abu Dhabi, will see teams 3 and 4 clashing, so SRH will take on RCB in this play-off match. The winner of this match will enter Qualifier-2. The loser will be knocked out.
Qualifier-2 meanwhile is a match that sees the loser of Qualifier-1 (MI Vs DC) take on the winner of the Eliminator (SRH Vs RCB). The winner will enter the final. The loser will be knocked out. Qualifier-2 is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Abu Dhabi.
The final will be played on Nov. 10 in Dubai. This will see the winner of Qualifier-1 (MI Vs DC) take on the winner of Qualifier-2. The winner will be crowned IPL 2020 Champions. The loser will be the runner-up team.
IPL SCHEDULE Play-offs
Today’s Match – (NOV. 5)
MI Vs DC -Dubai Intl. Stadium Dubai, 7.30 pm (IST)
Tomorrow’s Match – (Nov. 6)
SRH Vs RCB – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 7.30 pm (IST)
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