Kane Williamson, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph:( PTI )
Indian Premier League 2018 has entered it's last week and the franchise is all set for the knockout stage.
The top four teams - Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Rajasthan- have made it to the the tournament’s play-offs.
Hyderabad became the first team to qualify, with nine wins out of 14 games played. They are placed at number 1 in the league table with 18 points.
Chennai became the second team with same 18 points. They garnered two points after defeating Punjab by five wickets at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
Punjab’s defeat brought Rajasthan in the contention. They became the fourth team to qualify in the top four.
Meanwhile, Kolkata defeated table-toppers Hyderabad by five wickets to occupy third place in the table.
With Monday being a break day to catch our breaths, the action will resume on Tuesday, May 22.
The top two teams of IPL 2018, i.e. Chennai and Hyderabad, will meet each other in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday.
The winner of the match will go directly to the IPL 2018 final while the loser will get one more chance.
The team placed third and fourth in IPL 2018 points table will meet in the Eliminator on Wednesday, May 23.
The winner of the match will enter the Qualifier 2, where they will clash with the losing side of Qualifier 1. That match will take place on Friday, May 25.
The winners of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2 will clash for the IPL 2018 trophy on Sunday, May 27.
The playoff games and final will begin at 7 pm.
The knockout stage will be played in Mumbai and Kolkata. While Qualifier 1 and The IPL final will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, the eliminator and Qualifier 2 will be held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The playoff games and final will also begin at 7 pm.