IPL 2021 Playoffs teams
IPL 2021 Playoffs

IPL 2021 Playoffs: The playoffs rounds of the IPL tournament will decide the winner of the IPL season. Post the league match completion, the top 4 teams of the IPL points table will enter the playoffs round.

The top four teams will play 2 qualifiers, and 1 eliminator to shortlist the IPL season finals playing teams. Check out the list of teams that qualified for the IPL 2021 playoff below:

IPL 2021 Playoffs Qualified Teams

Among 8 teams playing in IPL 2021 tournament, the top 4 teams in the IPL 2021 points table will be qualified to enter the IPL 2021 playoff rounds from which top teams will lock their horns to play the IPL 2021 finals.

Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other to play the IPL 2021 finals on October 15, 2021.

Following is the status of the 8 teams who were competing in the tournament for IPL 2021 Playoffs –

1Chennai Super KingsFinals Qualified
2Delhi CapitalsEliminated
3Royal Challengers BangaloreEliminated
4Kolkata Knight RidersFinals Qualified
5Mumbai IndiansDisqualified
6Rajasthan RoyalsDisqualified
7Punjab KingsDisqualified
8Sunrisers HyderabadDisqualified


IPL 2021 Playoffs Schedule

Though the teams to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoff will announce post the league matches, the schedule for the IPL 2021 playoffs and finals have been announced alongside the league match schedule.

Following are the details of the IPL 2021 playoffs and finals:

DateMatchVenueTime(IST)Local TimeGMT
October 10TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 1Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai7:30 PM6:00 PM2:00 PM
October 11TBC vs TBC, EliminatorSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah7:30 PM6:00 PM2:00 PM
October 13TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 2Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah7:30 PM6:00 PM2:00 PM
October 15TBC vs TBC, FinalDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai7:30 PM6:00 PM2:00 PM

IPL 2021 Playoffs Rules

The playoffs consist of two Qualifiers and one Eliminator. Qualifier 1 is played first, followed by the Eliminator and then Qualifier 2.

Qualifier 1: The first Qualifier is played between the top two teams in the points table. The Qualifier is like a semi-final. The team winning this game goes straight to the IPL final. The loser of Qualifier 1 takes part in Qualifier 2 – for another shot at the final. Thus, the teams finishing in the top two spots of the points table get two bites of the cherry – they have two chances to qualify for the IPL final.

Eliminator: The Eliminator is played between teams who finish at the third and fourth position in the points table. Like the name suggests, the team losing this match is out of the competition. The winner of this match goes into Qualifier 2.

Qualifier 2: The loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of the Eliminator play this game. This again is like a semi-final and the team winning this game moves into the final.

IPL Final: The final and the most crucial juncture of this prestigious competition is played between the winner of Qualifier 1 and the winner of Qualifier 2.

IPL 2021 Playoffs Chances

IPL 2021 Qualified Teams Predictions- With each team left to play 3 or 4 matches each in the remainder of the league stage of the season, here’s a look at the qualification scenario of the top 6 teams of the IPL 2021 points table.

Chennai Super Kings

Ruling the top of the IPL 2021 points table, CSK made it into the playoffs and eventfully becomes the first team to register their name in the IPL 2021 playoffs.

CSK becomes the first team to qualify for the IPL 2021 finals.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals becomes the second team to qualify for the IPL 2021 playoffs after PBKS beat KKR by 5 wickets.

DC ended up as the team in third place of the IPL 2021 tournament after losing the qualifier 2 match against KKR.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Two successive defeats in the UAE leg of the campaign had started to worry the Royal Challengers Bangalore camp but the win against Mumbai Indians saw them reaffirm their credentials for a top-four finish. With four games to go in the remainder of the league campaign, RCB qualified for the knockouts(Updated). 

Eliminated in IPL 2021 Eliminator match.

Kolkata Knight Riders

A healthy Net Run Rate is the biggest positive in KKR’s hopes of cementing a top-four spot. With three games to go in their league campaign, a victory in all of them would see Eoin Morgan & Co. being guaranteed progression. However, two wins in three might also be enough if their NRR remains better than the rest with the same tally of points.

KKR qualified for the IPL 2021 finals by beating DC in Qualifier 2.

Mumbai Indians

After losing their first three games of the UAE leg, Mumbai Indians bounced back in style to defeat Punjab Kings and bring their playoffs qualification hopes on track. Three wins in the remaining three will see them finish in the top four but even a single defeat could haunt them because of the poor Net Run Rate of -0.453.

Disqualified for the IPL 2021 playoffs

Punjab Kings

With 8 points in 11 games, the story isn’t all over for Punjab Kings but their case is a tricky one. Firstly, they need to ensure that they win their remaining three games of the league campaign. Secondly, they also have to hope that RCB, MI, and KKR lose at least two of their remaining games, that too with decent margins.

Disqualified for the IPL 2021 playoffs

IPL 2021 Playoffs Stadium

The playoffs of the IPL will feature 2 qualifier match with one eliminator and 1 final match to decide the winner of the tournament.

October 10TBC vs TBCQualifier 1Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
October 11TBC vs TBCEliminatorSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
October 13TBC vs TBCQualifier 2Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
October 15TBC vs TBCFinalDubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

IPL 2021 Playoffs Date

The IPL 2021 playoff will begin to post the IPL 2021 league match completion. Following are the dates of the IPL 2021 playoffs:

  • Qualifier 1 – October 10
  • Eliminator – October 11
  • Qualifier 2 – October 13
  • Final – October 15

Who qualified to Playoffs Most of The Times?

Chennai Super Kings(CSK) qualified to the playoffs for the most number of times in the IPL tournament. MS Dhoni-led CSK entered playoffs 10 times out of 11 seasons played so far. For the first time in IPL 2020, CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Following are the details of the IPL teams which are qualified to playoffs for the most number of times:

TeamFirst AppearanceSeasons PlayedPlayoff QualifiedFinals Appearance
Chennai Super Kings20081110Winner: 2010, 2011. 2018
Kolkata Knight Riders2008136Winner: 2012, 2014
Sunrisers Hyderabad201386Winner: 2016
Royal Challengers Bangalore2008136Runner up: 2009, 2011, 2016
Punjab Kings2008132Runner up: 2014
Delhi Capitals2008134Runner up: 2020
Mumbai Indians2008138Winner: 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
Rajasthan Royals2008134Winner: 2008


Which team played most playoffs in IPL?

MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings played most playoffs in IPL. Out of 11 seasons played CSK manages to enter playoffs 10 times.