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IPL Playoffs Format

The playoffs are a different version of the knockout stages of a tournament. The traditional ‘Semi-Final and Final’ stage was replaced by the ‘Playoff’ stage in the Indian Premier League since its fourth edition in 2011.


This stage benefits the teams finishing first and second on the points table giving them another chance to qualify for the all-important IPL Final while it makes it a step tougher for the third and fourth-placed teams to get to the ultimate match. It is because the latter teams have to win two games to qualify for the Final but the former teams need only one victory.


Let’s go back in history and have a look at all the IPL Playoff matches till date:


All-Time IPL Playoffs


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SeasonDatePlayoff matchTeamsResult
201124 MayQualifier 1RCB vs. CSKCSK won by 6 wickets
201125 MayEliminatorMI vs. KKRMI won by 4 wickets
201127 MayQualifier 2MI vs. RCBRCB won by 43 runs
201128 MayFinalCSK vs. RCBCSK won by 58 runs
201222 MayQualifier 1DD vs. KKRKKR won by 18 runs
201223 MayEliminatorMI vs. CSKCSK won by 38 runs
201225 MayQualifier 2CSK vs. DDCSK won by 86 runs
201227 MayFinalCSK vs. KKRKKR won by 5 wickets
201321 MayQualifier 1CSK vs. MICSK won by 48 runs
201322 MayEliminatorRR vs. SRHRR won by 4 wickets
201324 MayQualifier 2MI vs. RRMI won by 4 wickets
201326 MayFinalCSK vs. MIMI won by 23 runs
201428 MayQualifier 1KXIP vs. KKRKKR won by 28 runs
201428 MayEliminatorCSK vs. MICSK won by 7 wickets
201430 MayQualifier 2KXIP vs. CSKKXIP won by 24 runs
20141 JunFinalKKR vs. KXIPKKR won by 3 wickets
201519 MayQualifier 1CSK vs. MIMI won by 25 runs
201520 MayEliminatorRCB vs. RRRCB won by 71 runs
201522 MayQualifier 2CSK vs. RCBCSK won by 3 wickets
201524 MayFinalMI vs. CSKMI won by 41 runs
201624 MayQualifier 1GL vs. RCBRCB won by 4 wickets
201625 MayEliminatorSRH vs. KKRSRH won by 22 runs
201627 MayQualifier 2GL vs. SRHSRH won by 4 wickets
201629 MayFinalRCB vs. SRHSRH won by 8 runs
201716 MayQualifier 1MI vs. RPSRPS won by 20 runs
201717 MayEliminatorSRH vs. KKRKKR won by 7 wickets (D/L)
201719 MayQualifier 2MI vs. KKRMI won by 6 wickets
201721 MayFinalRPS vs. MIMI won by 1 run
201822 MayQualifier 1SRH vs. CSKCSK won by 2 wickets
201823 MayEliminatorKKR vs. RRKKR won by 25 runs
201825 MayQualifier 2SRH vs. KKRSRH won by 14 runs
201827 MayFinalCSK vs. SRHCSK won by 8 wickets
20197 MayQualifier 1MI vs. CSKMI won by 6 wickets
20198 MayEliminatorDC* vs. SRHDC* won by 2 wickets
201910 MayQualifier 2CSK vs. DC*CSK won by 6 wickets
201912 MayFinalMI vs. CSKMI won by 1 run

DC* - Delhi Capitals


How do teams qualify for IPL playoffs?


The teams that finish on the top 4 spots of the points table of that particular season of the IPL qualify for the playoffs stage. The teams are ranked based on the points they collect in the league stage. In case of a tie on the number of points, the team with a higher Net Run Rate is placed higher on the table.


Check the latest IPL playoff schedule here.


How many points are required to qualify for the IPL playoffs?


There is no particular number of points required to qualify for the IPL Playoffs. The four teams with most points at the end of the league stage in that season are eligible to play the remainder of the tournament.


How many teams qualify for the IPL playoffs?


A total of 4 teams qualify for the playoffs each season.


How are the IPL playoffs venues decided?


The decision of venues is taken by the BCCI depending on the various factors like availability of grounds, crowd advantage and a few more unrevealed factors.


What comes after the IPL playoffs?


The IPL playoffs mark the end of the tournament as it finishes with the all-important Final of the competition.


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