Monday, May 9, 2011

New Playoffs Phenomena of IPL 4

IPL 4 has been already started on April 8 and ends on May 28, in which total 10 teams participated. Previously there were eight teams and in IPL 4, 2011 two new teams entered - Pune and Kochi. There are 74 matches (70 league matches and 4 play-off games) played in IPL 2011 schedule season 4 across 13 stadiums in India. This year a playoffs phenomenon in IPL 4 is fairly new and based on New Zealand’s last year’s domestic T20 Tournament, pictured by Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar. Take a look here on the new playoff format system instead of the earlier knockout stage given in very simple way that can be easily understood.

New Playoffs Phenomena of IPL 4

10 teams are divided equally among two groups i.e. 5 teams in each however teams are ranked altogether in 1 table in place of 2 tables like ICC schedule as in two groups. These changes are made because of inclusion of two new teams. Every team has to play at least 14 matches, seven home and seven away as in former seasons. Every team has to play 1 league match each against 4 teams of other group and 2 more on home or away on basis against the 5th team chosen randomly.

IPL 4 match points:
  • Winning Team: 2 points
  • No result: 1 points for both teams
  • Losing team: zero point

In case of tie, a super Over decides the winner of match. There are 6 balls to be played in the super over, in which the team scoring highest runs become the winner.

IPL 4 New Playoffs Phenomena / Semi final and final match schedule

Qualifier 1: First placed team vs Second placed team (First playoff or Semi final match)
Date and time: May 24 - 8pm
Venue: Mumbai
  • Directly winner goes to final and loser gets an opportunity to play with winner of Eliminator.
Eliminator: Third placed team vs Fourth placed team (Knock out quarter final)
Date and time: May 25 - 8pm
Venue: Mumbai
  • This round will be among teams finishing third and fourth in the standings. Winner of this game will play against loser of Qualifier 1 to reach in the final.
Qualifier 2: Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 (Second Semi final match)
Date and time: May 27 - 8pm
Venue: Chennai
  • Winner of Qualifier 2 will play in the last game (final) against Winner of Qualifier 1.
Final: Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2 (Grand Final)
Date and time: May 28 - 8pm
Venue: Chennai
  • Note that top two teams have more chance to come in the final.

List of 10 teams with their captains and positions right now:

Currently Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders are at the top, so sure of standings in playoffs. Check out the rankings of the team below, points, left matches, and opponents.

1, Mumbai Indians - Sachin Tendulkar
Points: 16
Left matches: 4
Challengers: KXIP, DC, RR, KKR
Most probably Mumbai will stood in the top 2, though they may move to third or forth rank if they lose all 4 remaining matches. They will have to be stronger against opponent to beat them.

2, Kolkata Knight Riders - Gautam Gambhir
Points: 14
Left matches: 3
Challengers: RCB, PWI, MI
KKR have to win at least 2 games to ensure their place in for playoffs. It is predicted that they can win against Pune.

3, Chennai Super Kings - Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Points: 12
Left matches: 4
Challengers: RR, DD, KTK, RCB
Chennai can go for playoffs if they win at least 3 matches and they have two matches remaining to play at home.

4, Royal Challengers Bangalore - AB de Villiers
Points: 11
Left matches: 5
Challengers: KTK, RR, KKR, KXIP, CSK
Bangalore must win 3 matches out of 5 to reach in the qualify stage. If they win 4 matches then they can be at the second place.

5, Rajasthan Royals - Shane Warne
Points: 11
Left matches: 4
Challengers: CSK, RCB, KTK, MI
Rajasthan have to win at least 3 games to stand in top four places. They can win against CSK and RCB at Jaipur. Then there path becomes easy as they need to win only one against KTK and MI.

6, Kochi Tuskers Kerala - Mahela Jayawardene
Points: 10
Left matches: 4
Challengers: RCB, KXIP, RR, PWI
They are at very critical stage - they need to win at least 3 matches, pray other teams lose some matches as well as check record constantly on net run-rates of others.

7, Delhi Daredevils - Virendra Sahwag
Points: 8
Left matches: 3
Challengers: CSK, KXIP, PWI
It is compulsory for Delhi to win all remaining 3 matches with an excellent performance to reach for playoffs.

8, Deccan Chargers - Dale Steyn
Points: 6
Left matches: 4
Challengers: PWI, MI, PWI, KXIP
Their situation is just like Delhi but no chance to go for at least playoffs since if they win all games, they can get 14 points only.

9, Kings XI Punjab - Adam Gilchrist
Points: 6
Left matches: 6
Challengers: PWI, MI, KTK, DD, RCB, DC
They can hope for playoffs if they win all remaining matches.

10, Sahara Pune Warriors - Yuvraj Singh
Points: 4
Left matches: 5
Challengers: KXIP, DC, DC, KKR, DD
No chance to reach at least playoffs though they win all 5 left matches.

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