IPL 2019: Sunrisers Hyderabad 1st team to reach playoffs with only 12 points

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad created Indian Premier League (IPL) history on Sunday by becoming the first-ever team to qualify for the playoffs (or the knockout stages) of the tournament with just 12 points in the league phase.While Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians sealed their playoffs spots last week, the race for the final spot continued until the last match of the round-robin league phase.In what has been one of the most hard-fought league stages of IPL so far, three teams were in the fray to seal the final berth on Sunday. Eventually, Sunrisers Hyderabad piped Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab with better net run rate after the three teams were locked in a three-way tie on 12 points.While Kings XI Punjab’s mathematical chances went up in smoke despite their six-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the penultimate league stage of the match on Sunday, Kolkata Knight Riders had their fate in their own hands as they needed just a win over Mumbai Indians to finish with 14 points and qualify for the playoffs.However, a shoddy batting show, including a rare failure from Andre Russell, saw Kolkata Knight Riders suffer a nine-wicket thrashing at the Wankhede Stadium. KKR’s defeat meant SRH progressed to the playoffs with just 12 points. Sunrisers had an opportunity to seal the fourth playoff spot as early as Saturday but they suffered a shock defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.Qualified #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/fwxpQjqjfhSunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 5, 2019Speaking after the loss, SRH captain Kane Williamson said it’s a shame that the former champions failed to take control of their fate.advertisementMumbai Indians leapfrogged Chennai Super Kings to finish on top of the IPL 2019 points table with 18 points while Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last despite finishing with 11 points, one less than fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad.Notably, the difference between the top-placed side and the bottom-placed side (7) in the ongoing season is the fewest ever in IPL history.With the teams in the top-four decided, Chennai Super Kings will take on table-toppers Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.On the other hand, Delhi Capitals will face Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.Also Read | IPL 2019 Playoffs Line-up: MI vs CSK in Qualifier 1, DC vs SRH in EliminatorAlso Read | Expecting Andre Russell to deliver everytime unfair, says Dinesh KarthikAlso Read | https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/story/kedar-jadhav-ruled-out-chennai-super-kings-ipl-2019-icc-world-cup-1517833-2019-05-05Also See:last_img read more