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Explained: The new IPL 2022 format and how teams will qualify for playoffs

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza is all set to return on 26 March for its fifteenth version with defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) taking up final season’s runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

This 12 months the IPL will be performed at 4 venues throughout Mumbai and Pune with a purpose to keep away from air journey to combat off the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like each version, the upcoming version guarantees one other season of limitless leisure and edge-of-the-seat thrill, however moreover, there’s loads that will be completely different about IPL this 12 months.

The IPL Trophy. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

The IPL Trophy. Image: Sportzpics for IPL

With the addition of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Gujarat Titans (GT), the IPL has been expanded to 10 franchises. At the identical time, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has tweaked the format of the league stage. The matches per aspect within the league stage will stay 14 however the 10 teams have been divided into two teams of 5.

We clarify intimately the whole format of IPL 2022 and how teams will qualify for the playoffs:

What are the 2 teams of the league stage?

In earlier seasons when eight teams participated within the IPL, every crew performed one another twice to finish 14 league matches. However, for IPL 2022, the ten teams have been divided into two teams of 5 sides. Here’s a have a look at the 2 teams.

Group A

Group B

Mumbai Indians (MI)

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Delhi Capitals (DC)

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

Gujarat Titans (GT)

How have been the teams divided into two teams?

The rows and columns of the teams have been selected the idea of their previous performances — the variety of titles gained and the variety of finals reached. Mumbai Indians (MI), the winner of the file 5 titles, are the Team 1 and have been positioned on the high of Group A. Correspondingly, CSK (Team 2) are on the high of Group B having gained 4 titles.

KKR the winner of two IPL titles are Team 3 and have been positioned in Group A. Correspondingly, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are Team 4 with one title and are in Group B.

2008 winner Rajasthan Royals (RR) are Team 5 and are a part of Group A. Their corresponding aspect in Group B is Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who’re Team 6, having reached the ultimate thrice.

Delhi Capitals (DC) are Team 7 and in Group A with one last and two playoffs appearances. Their corresponding aspect is Punjab Kings (Team 8) in Group B with one last look. LSG are Team 9 and in Group A, whereas GT are Team 10 and in Group B.

How will the teams play their 14 matches?

Each crew will play twice with the perimeters in its personal group and with the crew in the identical row within the subsequent group. Besides additionally enjoying as soon as with the remainder of the perimeters within the subsequent group. For instance, Group A aspect MI will play twice in opposition to KKR, RR, DC, LSG and additionally with CSK who’re in the identical row however within the subsequent group. MI will additionally play as soon as in opposition to SRH, RCB, PBKS and GT.

Below is the team-wise fixture record for IPL 2022:

Mumbai Indians: Two matches in opposition to CSK, KKR, RR, DC and LSG.

One match in opposition to SRH, RCB, PBKS and GT

Chennai Super Kings: Two matches in opposition to MI, SRH, RCB, PBKS and GT

One match in opposition to KKR, RR, DC and LSG.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Two matches in opposition to SRH, MI, RR, DC and LSG

One match in opposition to CSK, RCB, PBKS and GT

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Two matches in opposition to KKR, CSK, RCB, PBKS and GT

One match in opposition to MI, RR, DC and LSG

Rajasthan Royals: Two matches in opposition to RCB, MI, KKR, DC, LSG

One match in opposition to CSK, SRH, PBKS and GT

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Two matches in opposition to RR, CSK, SRH, PBKS, GT

One match in opposition to MI, KKR, DC and LSG

Delhi Capitals: Two matches in opposition to PBKS, MI, KKR, RR, LSG

One match in opposition to CSK, SRH, RCB, GT

Punjab Kings: Two matches in opposition to DC, CSK, SRH, RCB and GT

One match in opposition to MI, KKR, RR and LSG

Lucknow Super Giants: Two matches in opposition to GT, MI, KKR, RR and DC

One match in opposition to CSK, SRH, RCB, PBKS

Gujarat Titans: Two matches in opposition to LSG, CSK, SRH, RCB, PBKS

One match in opposition to MI, KKR, RR, DC

How will teams qualify for playoffs?

All teams will be enjoying a complete of 14 matches within the league stage. In complete 70 matches will be performed within the league stage of IPL 2022. At the tip of 70 matches, the 4 teams with probably the most variety of factors will qualify for the playoffs.

Has this format been used earlier in IPL?

Yes, the IPL 2022 format is making a comeback to the league. It was first launched within the 2011 season when the IPL expanded to 10 teams for the primary time with the addition of Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

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