Sunrisers Hyderabad's thumping win over Mumbai Indians in Match 56 marked the end of the league phase of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. After 56 matches in the league phase, the top four teams have eventually qualified for the playoffs which will start from November 5 (Thursday).
The grueling tournament was a witness to bountiful intriguing matches that have now formed the final points table. The pinnacle of the league phase was Chennai Super Kings failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. CSK were the first side to be eliminated and they ended Kings XI Punjab's hopes on Sunday by knocking them out. Rajasthan Royals became the third team to be knocked out after their loss against Kolkata Knight Riders on the same day.
Mumbai Indians 1st team to qualify
Mumbai Indians was the first team to seal a berth in IPL 2020 playoffs after 49 league matches. Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant side in the IPL as the defending champions have been consistently putting up all-round performances. Despite missing their captain Rohit Sharma to an injury, Mumbai Indians have managed to win 2 of their last 4 matches, flaunting their depth.
DC, RCB sail into playoffs in the penultimate league match
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore needed to win their last league match in Abu Dhabi to qualify for the playoffs. Delhi Capitals secured a top-two finish on their way to the Indian Premier League playoffs with a six-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, who also qualified. While DC went straight to Qualifier 1, RCB made the playoffs after their opponents took more than 17.3 overs to complete the task, helping Virat Kohli's side to finish the league stage engagements with a better net run rate than Kolkata Knight Riders.
SRH dash KKR's hope to seal a playoff berth
For the fourth spot, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders were battling it out. The equation was simple for SRH, they had to beat MI to secure a top 4 finish in the points table and qualify for the playoffs and David Warner's boys did it in style.
First, SRH bowlers produced a brilliant effort to restrict MI at 149 then Warner, Wriddhiman Saha conjured up commanding unbeaten half-centuries to seal a 10-wicket win and announce their arrival in IPL 2020 playoffs in style.
IPL 2020 Qualifier 1, Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals (Nov 5)
Defending champions Mumbai Indians who topped the points table will lock horns with Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 for a place in the final on Thursday in Dubai International Stadium. The loser of the first Qualifier will get another chance of making it to the final by facing the winner of Eliminator which will be contested between the RCB and SRH.
IPL 2020 Eliminator 1, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Nov 6)
Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on November 6 (Friday). The team losing this match will be knocked out of the competition. The winner of this match will qualifier into Qualifier 2.
Qualifier 2 (Nov 8)
Qualifier 2, which will feature the loser from Qualifier 1 and winner of the Eliminator match is scheduled to be held in Dubai on November 8 at 7.30 PM IST.
IPL Final (Nov 10)
The final and the most crucial juncture of this prestigious competition will be played between the winner of Qualifier 1 and the winner of Qualifier 2.