The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday announced the schedule for the Indian Premier League 2020 knockout matches, including the final. The playoffs and the final will be played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from November 5-10.
The top two teams of IPL 2020 will face each other for the Qualifier 1 on November 5 at the Dubai International Stadium. The encounter between the third and fourth placed teams for eliminator will be held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on November 6. The loser of the Qualifier 1 and the winner of Eliminator will take each other for the Qualifier 2 on November 8 in Abu Dhabi. The IPL 2020 will come to an end with Dubai International Cricket Stadium hosting the final on November 10. All the matches will start at 7:30PM IST.
Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are the top three teams of the IPL 2020. All three sides have 14 points but different in net run-rate. They need only a win to secure a playoff spot.
However, there is a tough competition for the fourth playoff spot after Kings XI Punjab’s and Kolkata Knight Riders come back in the tournament. Both sides have won their last match against the top-two teams of the IPL 2020. Kings XI Punjab placed fifth on the points table. Both sides have played 11 games but KKR occupying fourth spot with 12 points while KXIP is on fifth with points. With the race to playoffs heating up, both sides know the value of a win on Monday game.
With seven wins Rajasthan royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad are also in the race of playoff. Royals have 10 points in 12 games while Sunrisers have 8 points in 11 games. Besides this, the three time champions MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings is out from the IPL 2020.