After the end of the league stage, the teams finishing in the top four positions enter the conclusive stage of the tournament, the Playoffs. This is the business end of the tournament where the qualifying teams battle it out for the coveted IPL Trophy.
The Playoff stages are the knockout stages of the tournament where every single game is important for the qualified teams. The top two teams finishing at the helm of the league table however enjoy the luxury of two attempts to secure their Finals contention.
The IPL Playoffs Schedule has been framed according to the usual format. The IPL Playoffs consists of four matches. Qualifier 1 is played between the two teams finishing at the top of the table at the end of the league stage. The winner of Qualifier 1 advances straight to the IPL finals. While the loser of the first qualifier will get another chance to reach the finals at the second Qualifiers.
The Eliminator is played between the third and fourth teams of the league stage. The winner of this match plays against the loser of the first Qualifier at Qualifier 2. The winner of this match meets the winner of Qualifier 1 for the finals.
Q1. How many chances will the top two teams from the league stage get to reach the finals?
A. The top two teams from the league stage will get two chances to reach the finals.
Q2. Who finishes third in the IPL Playoffs?
A. The team losing Qualifier 2 finishes third in the tournament.