Tuesday (3rd November) was the last day of the league stage of the ongoing IPL 2020. While the final points table of the IPL 2020 has been confirmed now, the IPL 2020 is now entering to the Playoffs stage of this tournament.
While the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI), Delhi Capitals (DC), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) earlier confirmed their places in the playoffs of this season, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) just secured their spot in the playoffs of this season on Tuesday night after the last league stage match of this tournament, where they thrashed Mumbai Indians by 10 wickets and finished in the third position in the IPL 2020 points table.
IPL 2020: Final Points Table
|Rank||Team||Matches||Won||Lost||Tied/No Result||Net Run Rate||Points|
(Q = Qualified for playoffs)
Now, each of the top four teams is at least two victories away to win the IPL 2020 trophy, which only one of these four teams can ultimately fulfil. The IPL 2020 playoffs will run similarly like the previous years of this tournament.
The top two teams in the final points table, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals will start the process of the Playoffs of this tournament on 5th November 2020 when they will meet in the Qualifier 1 at Dubai. The winner of the match will qualify for the Final of this tournament. Meanwhile, the loser of this match will qualify for the Qualifier 2 of this tournament.
On the next day (6th November), the remaining two teams of the top four teams, SunRisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on each other in the Eliminator at Abu Dhabi. The winner of the match will qualify for the Qualifier 2 of this tournament while the loser of this match will say goodbye this tournament.
The Qualifier 2 of this tournament will be organized on 8th November at Abu Dhabi, where the loser of Qualifier 1 and winner of Eliminator will meet. While the winner of this match will advance to the final of this tournament, the losing side will end their journey in this tournament.
On 10th November 2020, the winners of the Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 will take on each other in the final of this tournament at Dubai. The winning team on this night will be finally handed the IPL 2020 crown.
IPL 2020: Top 4 teams – best records before this edition
While Mumbai Indians are holding the record of winning most of the IPL trophies (4 times), they have the good chance to stretch this record. Moreover, after Chennai Super Kings (2010 and 2011), they can be the only other team to defend the IPL title.
In the meantime, SunRisers Hyderabad won their only IPL trophy in 2016, under their present captain David Warner.
Though Royal Challengers Bangalore have already played three IPL finals (2009, 2011 and 2016), they never won this IPL trophy yet. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals have never played an IPL final as their best record in the IPL was finishing as the third-best team (2012 and 2019; also played semi-finals in IPL 2008 and 2009).
IPL 2020: Playoffs Schedule
5th November 2020: Mumbai Indians (Q1) vs Delhi Capitals (Q2) – Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai) – Mumbai Indians won by 57 runs
6th November 2020: SunRisers Hyderabad (Q3) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Q4) – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi) – SunRisers Hyderabad won by 6 wickets
8th November 2020: Delhi Capitals (Loser of Qualifier 1) vs SunRisers Hyderabad (Winner of Eliminator) – Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi) – Delhi Capitals won by 17 runs
10th November 2020: Mumbai Indians (Winner of Qualifier 1) vs Delhi Capitals (Winner of Qualifier 2) – Dubai International Cricket Stadium (Dubai)