The IPL 2021 league stage is finally over, and the four teams that will compete in the Playoffs are Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kolkata Knight Riders. Friday's double-header – the first of its type since it was played simultaneously in Dubai and Abu Dhabi was crucial and had the potential to change the top four.

Playoff Schedule IPL 2021:

This means that the Playoffs will feature four teams competing for the IPL crown. On Sunday, DC and CSK will participate in the first Qualifier in Dubai, with RCB and KKR fighting it out in the Eliminator for a spot in Qualifier 2 on Monday. The Playoff system has the advantage of giving the top two teams a second opportunity if they make a mistake.

The team that wins Qualifier 1 qualifies for the final automatically, while the team that finishes second gets a second chance to keep their campaign alive.

In Qualifier 2, the loser of Qualifier 1 plays the winner of the Eliminator, and the winner of that match plays the winner of Qualifier 1 in the summit match on Friday, October 15.

Now here Eliminator implies that the team that loses the match is sent home.

Qualifier 1 -  Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, October 10
Eliminator -  Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, October 11
Qualifier 2 – Loser of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Eliminator on Wednesday, October 13
IPL Final –    Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2, Friday, October 15

CSK has won the IPL three times (2010, 2011, and 2018), while the Knight Riders have won it twice (2012, 2014). RCB and DC, on the other hand, are yet to win an IPL title.

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