IPL 2018 Playoffs Match Highlights:
- CSK and SRH play today
- RR and KKR play tomorrow
- The 2nd qualifier will be played on the 25th
Sunrisers Hyderabad finished first in the group after finishing on 18 points and also became the first team to qualify for the play-offs. They were followed by Chennai Superkings who also finished on 18 but fell behind by 0.03 net run-rate. Kolkata Knightriders made the third spot with 16 points, while Rajasthan Royals were confirmed fourth place after Chennai Superkings defeated Kings XI Punjab.
The fist qualifier or the first semi-final will see the top 2 sides face each other. The play-offs commence today starting 8 pm IST at the Wankhede Stadium. The winner of today’s match will go straight to the final to be played at the Eden Gardens on the 27th while the loser will face the winner of the eliminator in the second qualifier. The eliminator takes place tomorrow at 8 pm at the Eden Gardens between KKR and RR.
IPL 2018 Playoffs Timings and Venue:
Qualifier 1- CSK V. SRH, 8 pm IST, 22nd May, Wankhede Stadium
Eliminator- RR V. KKR 8 pm, IST, 23rd May, Eden Gardens
Qualifier 2- Loser of Q1 V. Winner of Eliminator, 8pmIST, 25th May, Eden Gardens
The match will be live on Star Sports 1 and Select 1 HD in English Commentary. For Hind commentary tune into Star Sports Hindi and Hindi HD. The match can also be streamed online on the Hotstar app and JioTv app.
Qualifier 1 will be a battle of SRH’s bowling against CSK’s batting. With the best bowling unit going up against the most experienced batting side, things could get extremely tight when the table toppers clash. Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan will hold the keep to SRH’s batting line-up. Dismissing them early could seal the match for CSK on the night. For CSK, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo are expected to play pivotal roles. We expect a win for SRH.
IPL 2018 Playoffs – The eliminator will be a test of Rajasthan’s bench. With Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes out of their squad, heading back to England for the series against Pakistan, Rajasthan’s youngsters will have to step up if they are to have any chance of defeating KKR on their home turf. KKR will be looking to get their batting right. We predict a win for the home side.