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How Many Points to Qualify for IPL Playoffs?

How does the IPL points system work?

The top four from the group stage qualify for the IPL playoffs. The teams finishing in the top two get two shots at the final. They clash in Qualifier 1. On the other hand, the team in the third spot and the fourth position face off in an eliminator. How many points are required to qualify for the IPL playoffs?

The losing team from that match bids farewell to the tournament, while those who win take on the loser from Qualifier one in a virtual semi-final, called Qualifier 2.

How many points should a team have?

Such are the complexities of the points table that on different seasons, we have seen different minimum cutoff points for qualification in the playoffs. so how many points needed to qualify for IPL playoffs?

Generally, 16 points are taken as the benchmark, as a team having 16 points is almost certain to qualify. It also sometimes comes down to the net run rate. Like in 2019, Hyderabad out qualified Kolkata because of a superior NRR.

Let us have a look at the minimum points required for qualification by considering a year-by-year scenario:

IPL 2008

In the inaugural season of the IPL, 15 points proved to be the cutoff mark. The erstwhile Delhi Daredevils was the fourth team to qualify with 15 points, while the fifth team on the points table, Mumbai missed out.

IPL 2009

In IPL 2009, the fight for a playoff berth came all the way down to net run rate. Two teams in Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab were tied on the same points.

Both teams had 14 points in their account. The Chargers qualified for the playoffs because of a better NRR than the Kings XI Punjab.

IPL 2010

Like the last season, two teams in Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings were tied on 14 points after the league stage. But this time around, it did not have a say in determining the roster for the playoffs.

They both managed to qualify, as the fifth-placed team, Delhi only had won 6 matches and had 12 points to their name.

IPL 2011

As we mentioned previously, there is no fixed number of points to determine qualification. In this season, Kings XI Punjab won 7 matches and had 14 points, but still didn’t qualify for the IPL playoffs.

The three teams who finished in the top 3 were – Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Kolkata Knight Riders were the fourth on the table, with 16 points.

IPL 2012

In this season once again, IPL playoffs were decided on the basis of net run rate. The fourth and fifth-placed teams, Chennai and Bangalore, were tied on 12 points. The Super Kings qualified for the playoffs because of their better NRR.

IPL 2013

There were nine teams in this edition, and it was one of the most competitive editions we have had thus far. Bangalore failed to qualify despite winning nine matches and accumulating 18 points, as Hyderabad went through as the fourth team with 20 points.

IPL 2014

Returning to the 8-team format, this edition saw Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals tied after the league stage with 14 points. Mumbai qualified for the playoffs because of their healthier NRR.

IPL 2015

16 points were the benchmark in this season. Kolkata Knight Riders accumulated 15 points in the league stage but narrowly missed out on qualification, as Bangalore and Rajasthan went through as the third and fourth team. Chennai and Mumbai occupied the top two spots.

IPL 2016

In this season, once again, 16 points were required to get a place in the playoffs. The fifth-placed team, Mumbai, won seven matches and had 14 points, just like IPL 2014. But this time, it was not enough.

IPL 2017

The 2017 edition was another one where 7 wins weren’t enough to warrant qualification. Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata were the teams who occupied the top four places in the table, as Punjab missed out with 14 points.

IPL 2018

Unlike the previous two seasons, Rajasthan qualified for the playoffs despite winning only seven matches. The top four teams were – Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata and Rajasthan.

IPL 2019

The 2019 edition was a rare season; when led by David Warner, the Sunrisers Hyderabad qualified for the next round with only six wins to their name. Kolkata Knight Riders also had the same points, but their NRR was inferior.

IPL 2020

In the 2020 edition, the third, fourth and fifth-placed teams on the points table were tied on 14 points. Hyderabad and Bangalore made it to the next round, while NRR cost Kolkata Knight Riders a place once again.

IPL 2021

In IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals finished the league stage right at the top of the points table with 20 points. Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore tied with 18 points each, but the former took the second spot due to a superior NRR. With 14 points, KKR took up the fourth spot. 

IPL 2022

In 2022, Gujarat Titans became the first team to qualify for the playoffs after accumulating 20 points. Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants took up the second and third spot with 18 points each, followed by RCB at the fourth spot with 16 points. 

IPL 2023

Gujarat was once again the first team to qualify for the playoffs in 2023, and also went on to play the final, losing to CSK, who scored 17 points, followed by LSG, also having 17 points and Mumbai Indians with 16 points. 

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