Delhi Capitals find themselves playing Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 despite bagging 18 points, same as table toppers CSK and MI, thanks to slight inferior net run-rate. They would rue their loss against KXIP which they lost from a winning position. Nevertheless, they would take their chance in Eliminator as they are playing playoffs after 7 years.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, have been lucky to be in playoffs. They lost their last two matches and had other team’s results go in their favour to qualify for playoffs.
The Eliminator means the loser will be knocked out of the tournament. Delhi Capitals will start favourites as they have been dominating throughout the season. So, how easy or difficult it will be for DC or SRH to qualify for playoffs?
Cricwizz takes a look at some interesting trivia on teams playing in Eliminator in playoffs.
SRH only team to win the title after playing Eliminator
SRH are the only team so far to win an IPL title by playing the Eliminator in the 2016 edition. SRH defeated KKR by 22 runs in the Eliminator. They then defeated Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 2 to set up a title clash with RCB. In the high-scoring final, SRH won by 8 runs. SRH were able to do so as they had a consistent batsman-leader in David Warner who struck 28, 93* and 69 in the three playoff matches. Also, a great bowling attack made it possible for them.
The teams playing Eliminator lose to a top team in Qualifier 2 majority of the times
The winner of the Eliminator has been knocked out 6 times out of 8 in Qualifier 2 since the playoffs were first introduced in 2011. The reason being Qualifier 2 features one of the top two teams from the group stage. The only exception has been in 2012 IPL and 2016 IPL. In 2012 IPL, winner of Eliminator CSK defeated Delhi Daredevils in Qualifier 2. In 2016 IPL, winner of Eliminator SRH defeated Gujarat Lions in Qualifier 2 to enter the final.
CSK only team to qualify for final from Eliminator and lose
CSK luckily qualified for playoffs in 2012 IPL as some results went in their favour in the business end of the tournament. They regrouped and first knocked out MI in Eliminator, and then Delhi Daredevils in Qualifier 2 before losing to KKR in the final, thanks to Manvinder Bisla’s epic one-time wonder knock of 89.
Unlucky Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals are the only team in the history of IPL to play Eliminator despite sharing the same points (18) with the top two teams. DC shared 18 points with MI and CSK in IPL 2019, but thanks to inferior net run-rate, they have been ranked third and will play Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019.
Why the playoffs, including Eliminator, were introduced
For the first three editions of IPL, it was straight knock-out semi-finals. Kings XI Punjab who were the second-best team in the group stage were knocked out by CSK in the semis of IPL 2008. Delhi Daredevils and CSK, who were the top two teams in IPL 2009 group stage, were both knocked out in the semis. Deccan Chargers, the second-best team in IPL 2010, were knocked out by CSK in the semis. In fact, in IPL 2009 and 2010, the third and fourth-placed teams won the title. Fourth-ranked Deccan Chargers won IPL 2009, while third-placed CSK won IPL 2010.
Hence, from 2011 IPL, the playoffs were introduced to give another chance to the top two teams to qualify for final. The Eliminator will eliminate one of the third and fourth-placed teams from the group stage for a race for the final.
Hence, if either SRH or DC win the Eliminator and go to win the IPL 2019 title, they will become the second team after SRH (IPL 2016) to win the title.