The playoffs race of the Indian premier league

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Mon Nov 02, 2020

I wrote an introductory article on the Indian premier league (IPL) previously in TechNews issue 3 of this semester. The league was in its initial stage then. Now, after 52 matches being played already, the league is moving into the knockout stage which is called the Playoffs. The top four teams from the league stage get to play the playoffs, from which one emerges the winner of the season. Being a fanboy of the franchise Mumbai Indians (MI), it’s been an absolute cracker of a season for me as they won nine of their 13 games and was the first team to go into the playoffs by topping the points table. They have been a champion side across the 13 seasons and it’s a no brainer that they performed well with the kind of star-studded team that they have. Barring them, many unexpected scenarios that have happened. For instance, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), which is another team that has an equally strong lineup as MI, did not live up to the expectations and they ended up at the bottom of the points table losing eight out of their 13 matches. They did not help themselves much by losing 2-3 close games which could have gone either side, which for a team of their caliber should have pulled off. On the contrary, the underdog teams like Delhi capitals (DC), Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) has played exceptionally well by punching above their weight and have captured second and third positions respectively in the points table. With the fourth position up for the taking for booking a seat in the playoffs race, the other four bottoms placed teams will be playing to catch up with their counterparts. Like every year, this edition of IPL has become a grand success. Adding to the already created hype, as this edition’s IPL is conducted behind closed doors without an audience, the viewership records has reached new heights. It has delivered 269 million viewers in its opening week which is 15 percent more than the previous edition (2019). It also registered 60.6 billion viewing minutes across seven matches of the first week over 21 channels. I expect many more high octane matches as we reach the flag end of the tournament.

 

 

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