The IPL 2024 playoffs are set to begin, bringing a thrilling conclusion to the season. After a dramatic Saturday that determined the final spots, the playoff matchups are now confirmed. This year’s lineup is entirely different from last season, with none of the top four teams from 2023 making it to the playoffs this time.

IPL 2024: 1 Qualifier: KKR vs SRH, May 21, Ahmedabad

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have emerged as the top team in the league phase, finishing three points ahead of the nearest competition despite their last two matches being washed out. This is the first time KKR has finished at the top of the table. They face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the first qualifier. SRH, after a 10-day break, successfully chased a target of 215 against Punjab Kings on Sunday, marking only their second successful chase of the season.

Previous Meeting: KKR and SRH have clashed once this season, in a high-scoring game that KKR won by four runs at Eden Gardens

Player Availability: England players set to participate in the upcoming T20 World Cup have left the IPL early, including Phil Salt, a key player for KKR

Weather Forecast: Ahmedabad is expected to be very hot with plenty of sunshine on May 21, with temperatures not dropping below 31°C and a 0% chance of rain.

IPL 2024: Eliminator: RR vs RCB, May 22, Ahmedabad

Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will clash in the eliminator. RR started the season strongly, leading the table after winning seven of their first eight matches. However, their form has dipped dramatically, winning only one of their last six games. In contrast, RCB, who struggled initially, have turned their fortunes around with six consecutive wins.

Previous Meeting: RR defeated RCB convincingly in Jaipur earlier this season, with Virat Kohli century overshadowed by Jos Buttler’s performance.

Player Availability: Both teams will be missing key English players due to the T20 World Cup, with RR without Jos Buttler and RCB missing Will Jacks and Reece Topley.

Weather Forecast: Similar to the qualifier, Ahmedabad will remain hot and dry for the eliminator.

IPL 2024: 2 Qualifier: Loser of 1 Qualifier vs Winner of the Eliminator, May 24, Chennai

Weather Forecast: Chennai is expected to have some clouds but only a 5% chance of rain, with temperatures remaining around 29°C in the evening.

IPL 2024: Final: Winner of 1 Qualifier vs Winner of 2 Qualifier, May 26, Chennai

The final promises the possibility of a new champion. RCB could end their 16-year wait for an IPL title, while RR could win their first since the inaugural season in 2008. KKR aims for their first title since 2014, potentially marking a triumphant return for Gautam Gambhir, who has returned to the team as a mentor. SRH, with their only previous title in 2016, will look to add another championship to their name.

Weather Forecast: The weather for the final is expected to be similar to Qualifier 2, with slightly higher temperatures and a minimal chance of rain.

By Zohaib Ali

I am Zohaib Ali as a Professional Sports News Teller is your premier destination for the latest, most comprehensive coverage of the dynamic world of sports. With a team of dedicated and seasoned sports journalists, we bring you breaking news, in-depth analyses, and captivating stories that unfold on and off the field.

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