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IPL Fixtures 2014: Schedule, Dates, Live Stream Info and Playoff Bracket

Kolkata Knight Riders team co-owners and Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, center and Juhi Chawla, second right, pose with West Bengal state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, left, and captain Gautam Gambhir, second left in cap, during a reception accorded to the team at the Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata, India, Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Kolkata Knight Riders won the Indian Premier League cricket title on Sunday, defeating two-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings by five wickets in a high-scoring final. (AP Photo)
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Dominic RaynorCorrespondent IIMay 27, 2014

It's the business end of the season in the Indian Premier League as the top four teams battle for a place in the final on June 1.

Table-topping Kings XI Punjab and second-place Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) get the action underway in a rain-delayed Qualifier 1, with the winner heading straight to the final.

The loser of that clash has a second chance to reach the championship match by beating the victors of the Eliminator clash between two-time winners Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Mumbai Indians.

Here's all the info you need to know and a breakdown of the matches.

 

IPL Playoff Fixtures and Bracket
MatchupDateFixture
Qualifier 1May 28Kings XI Punjab vs. Kolkata Knight Riders
EliminatorMay 28Chennai Super Kings vs. Mumbai Indians
Qualifier 2May 30Loser of Qualifier 1 vs. Winner of Eliminator
FinalJune 1Winner of Qualifier 1 vs. Winner of Qualifier 2
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Kings XI Punjab vs. Kolkata Knight Riders

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRCA - OCTOBER 21:   Lakshmipathy Balaji of the Kolkata Knight Riders celebrates a wicket during the Champions league twenty20 match between CLT20 Kolkata Knight Riders v Nashua Titans at Sahara Park Newlands on October 21, 2012 in Cape
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Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Time: 12:30 p.m. BST, 4 p.m. local time

Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), Sky TV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan) and Starhub (Singapore).

Weather: Following heavy rain in Kolkata, this match was postponed on Tuesday, May 27 and will played on Wednesday, May 28.

 

Put simply, this qualifier pits the best batting side in the IPL against the best bowling attack.

Kings XI Punjab have steamrolled over their opponents and head into the match with an IPL-topping run rate of 9.03, which is 0.68 per over more than the next-best team on the list, the Chennai Super Kings.

Leading that charge is Australian right-hand batsman Glenn Maxwell, who has racked up 533 runs in 13 innings so far this season, per ESPN Cricinfo, and South African David Miller, who has an average of 49.87. The pair have accumulated almost 1,000 runs between them.

The power batting of Kings XI is not to be underestimated, as ESPN Cricinfo's Karthik Krishnaswamy points out: "It's hard to look beyond Kings XI's batting line-up as the most decisive element of the game. Six times this season, they've scored 190 or more, and three of those scores came in successful chases. They are yet to lose a game batting second. Batting first, they have failed to cross 150 only twice."

Indeed, Kings XI have been the team to beat this season, losing just three of their 14 games in the group stages. However, one of those was just a couple of weeks ago against KKR, who are on a seven-game winning streak themselves and have the best economy rate in the competition at 7.63, per the Daily Times.

Kolkata also have the tournament's leading run-getter in Indian batsman Robin Uthappa and can call on the destructive force of Yusuf Pathan, who scored the fastest 50 in the IPL and racked up 72 off just 22 balls.

This match should be one to remember, with top quality players on both sides. Kolkata hold the advantage of playing on their home turf, but Kings XI have been top of the pile this season. It is certainly one to watch.

 

Chennai Super Kings vs. Mumbai Indians 

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Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

Date: Wednesday, May 28

Time: 3:30 p.m. BST, 8 p.m. local time

Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE), Sky TV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan) and Starhub (Singapore).

Weather:  According to AccuWeather, there shouldn't be any weather troubles. A warm and hazy day is predicted for the Eliminator between these two teams.

 

Mumbai managed to sneak into the playoffs after completing an improbable run-chase against Rajasthan Royals in their final league game. The defending champions secured the Eliminator berth through net run rate and now face two-time winners Chennai Super Kings for a place in the qualifier. 

Mumbai head into the game high on confidence and with New Zealander Corey Anderson on form. The Kiwi hit 95 off 44 balls as Mumbai chased down 190 in 15 overs against Rajasthan. 

Chennai, who finished third in the league standings, have had an easier ride into the playoffs and have already beaten Mumbai twice this campaign. That Mumbai side included the bowling prowess of Sri Lanka star Lasith Malinga, but he has been called up for international duty, and Chennai should have an easier task, at least on paper. 

With 19 wickets in 14 games at an average of 19.15, Mohit Sharma has led the bowling for Chennai. His ability to contain the big hitters will be useful with West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons recently drafted in by Mumbai to bolster the squad. With 327 runs in seven games at an average of 54.50 for Simmons, the battle with Sharma could play a decisive role.

As could home advantage for Mumbai, as Bharath Ramaraj of the Cricket Country says: "Mumbai have been a force to reckon with at home, as their batsmen have generally enjoyed the even bounce and short boundaries on offer. But it has to be said that Chennai too have some fine batsmen in their ranks to deliver the goods at Wankhede stadium."

Chennai head into the Eliminator as favourites, but as Mumbai's improbable run to the playoffs proves, you can expect the unexpected in T20.

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