Not just cricketers, support staff or the franchise – even the fans are now getting all confused with the playoffs qualification scenario as the tournament reaches its business end. Apart from Mumbai Indians, no other franchise has sealed a playoff berth as yet. With a couple of league stage matches still to be played, three playoff spots are yet to be confirmed. Also Read - IPL 2021: Sanju Samson Appointed Captain After Rajasthan Royals Release Steven Smith
This is one strange thing that makes this IPL special in an unusual year. CSK played the first match of the Super Sunday and they thrashed Kings XI Punjab and knocked them out of the tournament. With the win, CSK finished the season with a hat-trick of wins. They were the first franchise to be out of the playoffs race. Now, with CSK and KXIP out – RCB, DC, KKR, SRH are still very much in the race and some of these franchises will have to rely on the results of other matches. Also Read - Chennai Super Kings: Full List of Players Released And Retained by CSK Ahead of IPL 2021 Auction
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This will also be the first time that the last two league games will decide the teams that make the Playoffs. On Monday, Delhi will lock horns with Bangalore, and the team that wins – qualifies.
At the time of filing the copy, Kolkata were cruising to a win – which will boost their chances of making the Playoffs.