TATA IPL 2022, Eden Gardens Kolkata: Gujurat Titans came up with the goods against Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2022 at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Tuesday. With that win, Titans have now booked their place in the final and wait for the winner of the Qualifier 2 to be played on the 27th May, 2022 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.

But before the Qualifier 2, there is a Eliminator match scheduled to be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The winner of which will go to play in Qualifier 2. Rajasthan Royals having lost the Qualifier 1 against Gujarat Titans will get one more roll of the dice and will play the winner of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2.

So Why does the loser of Qualifier 1 play in Qualifier 2 in the Indian Premier League?

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a very long season played across two months with each team playing 14 matches in the league phase. The playoffs or the knockout stages of the tournament has been designed in such a way that it rewards consistentcy. It takes care of one bad day that knocks a good team out of the tournament, even more so when you have finished at the top of the table or come close second.

The team which has played well in the league phases and qualified to the playoffs as the top two teams in the points table gets another shot at the title even if they lose the first Qualifier. This is only fair and it eliminates any stroke of luck by virtue of which you win the title.

The team that plays consistently over a period of two months gets their hands on the title. The winner of the Indian Premier League is without a doubt the best team in the tournament.