The second leg of the competition began on 19 September when defending champions Mumbai Indians took on Chennai Super Kings in the first match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The remaining 30 matches will be rotated between Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
Final to be played on 15 October.
Thirty-one league matches remain to be completed at the end of the first leg. The final league game is scheduled to be played on 8 October. That’s when the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals face off at the same venue. That game will be followed by qualifier one between the top two teams, also at the same venue, on 10 October. A day later, on 11 October, Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host the Eliminator between the third and fourth-ranked teams. The second qualifier will take place at Sharjah on 13 October. The competition will finally end with the title clash planned on 15 October at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Who will win IPL 2021?
That’s the question foremost on the mind of anybody following the competition. As things stand, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils are tied on points at the top of the pile, with 8 wins from 10 matches played. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders follow. While RCB have 6 wins from 10 matches played, KKR, Punjab Kings (PBKS), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) have 4 wins each.
Which Two will join DC and CSK in the Playoffs?
While 8 wins from 14 matches are usually enough to help a team qualify for the playoffs, the top two teams seem poised to get past the group stage. The crucial question is, therefore, which will the remaining two teams be?
Going by the experience of the 2020 season, we may not know the answer until the last league match has been played. RCB need two more wins from four remaining matches. Going by the form they displayed against MI on 26 September, Virat Kohli’s wards will probably make it to the playoffs. But what if they lost all their remaining games? RCB have matches against RR, PBKS, SRH and DC still to be played. Of these rivals, DC have already qualified and SRH are already out of the running for the playoffs. So, both RR and PBKS who currently have four wins each would benefit. Especially RR, who have played only 9 matches so far.
Seven Wins may be Enough to Qualify
With CSK and DC looking good to win their remaining matches, teams with seven wins each could take the third and fourth places. In other words, it is impossible at this stage to predict which four teams will get past the group stage. MI and PBKS may find it hard to register three more wins in their remaining four matches on current form. So, it is reasonable to assume that RCB should get at least one, if not two, wins from their remaining four games. That would leave KKR and RR to fight it out for the fourth playoff spot.
RR and KKR Top Contenders
As of now, RR are a step ahead of KKR with the same number of wins from one match fewer. But that equation could change as early as 27 September when RR clash with SRH, who could pull off an upset win. After all, stranger things have happened.
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But from a bettor’s point of view, such uncertainty translates into better odds offered at betting sites on the outcomes of the remaining matches. So, as an Indian player with a deep knowledge of cricket, you should be able to make a reasonable prediction. Most importantly, you must take advantage of Dafabet bonus code, Netbet bonus code, Pinnacle Bonus code, and Leovegas bonus code offers to monetise your talent.