After 56 matches between eight teams, we have 4 teams who have qualified for the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings were the first team to qualify for the playoffs followed by Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians. The top two positions in the points table were occupied by Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings most of the time. Mumbai Indians won their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders and due to high net run rate. The next team to qualify was Sunrisers Hyderabad courtesy to Mumbai Indians win over KKR and their high run rate.
Chennai Super Kings were there in the playoffs race right from the start of the league. Delhi Capitals won 5 out of 7 away game that they played and they were the most successful teams in terms of away matches. Mumbai Indians made to the playoffs quite comfortably. For the first time in the history of IPL, a team has qualified for the playoffs after winning just 6 matches in the league stage.
The first qualifier is between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The team winning here will qualify for the finals while the other team will have one more chance to qualify in the second qualifier. The second qualifier will be played between the winner of eliminator and the team losing today.
The match is in Chennai and hence they CSK will have an upper hand over MI. For CSK, Watson’s form is an issue but they will certainly not take a risk of resting him in such an important fixture. Kedar Jadhav is injured and hence someone from the bench will take his place in the team. Being a spin friendly track, CSK can look for Santner.
Similarly, MI will also look to add an extra spinner in their attack. This would not be a high scoring match and the team winning the toss should look to bowl first. The team which can exploit the condition well will come out as the winner today