Sunrisers Hyderabad first team in IPL history to qualify for playoffs with 12 points

There was a two-way race for the fourth spot between Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders but Mumbai Indians' nine wicket victory over KKR at the Wankhede Stadium ended Kolkata's hopes.

Sunrisers Hyderabad became the fourth team to qualify for the IPL playoffs and the first in IPL history to do so with 12 points.   -  afp

Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday became the first team in IPL history to qualify for the playoffs with 12 points. There was a two-way race for the fourth spot between Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders but Mumbai Indians' nine wicket victory over KKR at the Wankhede Stadium ended Kolkata's hopes.

Sunrisers' passage to the IPL playoffs hinged on results elsewhere after it lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in its final league match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday.

Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are the other teams to qualify into the last four.

Mumbai and Chennai were in a fight for top-two finish and the latter, despite losing its last league match against Kings XI in Mohali, will play in the first qualifier at home after it ensured Punjab did not chase down 171 in 14.4 overs.