- Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have all made it to the playoffs.
- KKR missed out on a chance of finishing fourth after the defeat against MI.
- MI will meet CSK at the Chidambaram stadium for the first Qualifier on May 7.
Phew! It’s like yesterday that the Indian Premier League action started and we are already talking about the Playoffs. How fast time flies by!
Mumbai Indians recorded a comfortable victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday to make sure they topped the table after the league stages. They will now take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the mouth watering Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.
However, the defeat on Sunday meant that KKR were dumped out of the Playoffs for the first time in four years. Although they were tied on points with Sunrisers Hyderabad, their lower Net Run Rate resulted in the exclusion.
SRH, who have been last year’s runner ups, have surprisingly managed to make it to the top four with only 12 points. They will now be taking on the Delhi Capitals in an interesting Eliminator 1. Nonetheless, SRH still remain one of the most consistent sides of the competition in the recent while. This year they will be playing in the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.
So, first time in the history of the #IPL, a team with 12 points will qualify for the playoffs. Three teams locked on same points. I’m convinced that it’s because of VVS Laxman’s good karma that #SRH will make it ???
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 5, 2019
However, the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings remain the firm favourites for the coveted Indian Premier League Trophy. Both the teams are undoubtedly the successful units of IPL, having won the title on three occasions. They will now be targeting their fourth IPL title.
In contrast to the two experienced giants, things will be new for Delhi Capitals, who will be making an appearance in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Although Royal Challengers Bangalore finished 8th in the points table, they will be happy to have amassed 11 points in the group stage – the highest number of points for a bottom-ranked team in the history of IPL.
crazy season, RCB with 11 points finish bottom, SRH with 12 qualify for playoffs! #IPL2019
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) May 5, 2019
IPL 2019 Playoffs Schedule :
Qualifier 1 | May 7, 7:30 pm : Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings – MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Eliminator | May 8, 7:30 pm : Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
Qualifier 2 | May 10, 7:30 pm: Loser of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Eliminator – ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam – 19:30 IST
Final | May 12, 7:30 pm: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 – Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad.
IPL 2019 Prize Money
Having talked about the dates, let’s take a look at the stuff everyone is fighting for: Prize Money! Last year, the total IPL prize money stood somewhere in the region of ₹ 35 crores. The winner of the trophy, Chennai Super Kings, bagged a massive ₹ 20 crores.
Runner ups, Sunrisers Hyderabad were handed ₹ 12.5 crores while the remainder going to the second and third runner ups. Although there is no word on the prize money in IPL 2019, it is expected to rise over the figure of ₹ 45 crores.