IPL 2018 Qualifying Stage Wrap-up (and a Parthiv Patel special podcast episode)

In the blink of an eye, the 56 game qualifying stage of IPL 2018 is over and we have confirmed our top 4 teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai SuperKings, Kolkata KnightRiders and the Rajasthan Royals. The teams to miss out are the Mumbai Indians (defending champions),Royal Challengers Bangalore (too little too late aka too much Parthiv Patel?), Kings XI Punjab (melted in May), and the Delhi Daredevils (last despite two big wins over CSK and MI at the end).

Qualifier 1 will be played on Tuesday between SRH and CSK, the two form teams of the tournament. The winner of this game goes straight into the IPL Final on Sunday. The loser gets a second shot and will play Qualifier 2. The eliminator will be played on Wednesday between KKR and RR – the loser goes home and the winner plays Qualifier 2. The winner of Qualifier 2 plays the Final on Sunday. What a great week we have in store!

If you’ve been following our weekly podcast “Edges & Sledges”, this week we talk to a Royal Challengers Bangalore fan. We discuss fantasy cricket tips, super overs v bowl outs, the lack of IPL fights, an IPL window, the real meaning of “touch-and-go” and we troll one of our favourite cricketers of all time, Parthiv Patel. Click here to find your favourite way of listening in.

If you follow the other teams, we have covered CSK, KXIP, RR, SRH, DD and MI  in previous episodes of the podcast so please go back, listen and “deep-like” the episode with your team. Leave us a review while you are at it.

Next weekend we will preview the IPL final and will try and figure out how to deal with our lives after IPL 2018 end. Make sure you tune in live for the grand finale for this IPL season via our Facebook page. See you next weekend.