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
|2011||24 May||Qualifier 1||RCB vs. CSK||CSK won by 6 wickets|
|2011||25 May||Eliminator||MI vs. KKR||MI won by 4 wickets|
|2011||27 May||Qualifier 2||MI vs. RCB||RCB won by 43 runs|
|2011||28 May||Final||CSK vs. RCB||CSK won by 58 runs|
|2012||22 May||Qualifier 1||DD vs. KKR||KKR won by 18 runs|
|2012||23 May||Eliminator||MI vs. CSK||CSK won by 38 runs|
|2012||25 May||Qualifier 2||CSK vs. DD||CSK won by 86 runs|
|2012||27 May||Final||CSK vs. KKR||KKR won by 5 wickets|
|2013||21 May||Qualifier 1||CSK vs. MI||CSK won by 48 runs|
|2013||22 May||Eliminator||RR vs. SRH||RR won by 4 wickets|
|2013||24 May||Qualifier 2||MI vs. RR||MI won by 4 wickets|
|2013||26 May||Final||CSK vs. MI||MI won by 23 runs|
|2014||28 May||Qualifier 1||KXIP vs. KKR||KKR won by 28 runs|
|2014||28 May||Eliminator||CSK vs. MI||CSK won by 7 wickets|
|2014||30 May||Qualifier 2||KXIP vs. CSK||KXIP won by 24 runs|
|2014||1 Jun||Final||KKR vs. KXIP||KKR won by 3 wickets|
|2015||19 May||Qualifier 1||CSK vs. MI||MI won by 25 runs|
|2015||20 May||Eliminator||RCB vs. RR||RCB won by 71 runs|
|2015||22 May||Qualifier 2||CSK vs. RCB||CSK won by 3 wickets|
|2015||24 May||Final||MI vs. CSK||MI won by 41 runs|
|2016||24 May||Qualifier 1||GL vs. RCB||RCB won by 4 wickets|
|2016||25 May||Eliminator||SRH vs. KKR||SRH won by 22 runs|
|2016||27 May||Qualifier 2||GL vs. SRH||SRH won by 4 wickets|
|2016||29 May||Final||RCB vs. SRH||SRH won by 8 runs|
|2017||16 May||Qualifier 1||MI vs. RPS||RPS won by 20 runs|
|2017||17 May||Eliminator||SRH vs. KKR||KKR won by 7 wickets (D/L)|
|2017||19 May||Qualifier 2||MI vs. KKR||MI won by 6 wickets|
|2017||21 May||Final||RPS vs. MI||MI won by 1 run|
|2018||22 May||Qualifier 1||SRH vs. CSK||CSK won by 2 wickets|
|2018||23 May||Eliminator||KKR vs. RR||KKR won by 25 runs|
|2018||25 May||Qualifier 2||SRH vs. KKR||SRH won by 14 runs|
|2018||27 May||Final||CSK vs. SRH||CSK won by 8 wickets|
|2019||7 May||Qualifier 1||MI vs. CSK||MI won by 6 wickets|
|2019||8 May||Eliminator||DC* vs. SRH||DC* won by 2 wickets|
|2019||10 May||Qualifier 2||CSK vs. DC*||CSK won by 6 wickets|
|2019||12 May||Final||MI vs. CSK||MI 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.