After a season full of twists and turns we finally reach the grand final which will feature the two best teams in the competition. The Chennai Super Kings have been enormous in their return to the competition after being suspended in 2016 and 2017.
This looks to be a fascinating match-up with both clubs desperate to make it through to the grand finale against Chennai. Kolkata still show signs of inconsistency within matches although they have shown they can still grind out wins whilst Sunrisers Hyderabad have now lost four in a row in what is a worrying sign.
It is all on the line for these two teams as they fight their way to the second qualifying final against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday. Many expected Kolkata to reach the finals, however some inconsistent performances and poor bowling displays saw them drop some matches many expected to win.
The two best performing teams face off in a match that will see the winner progress straight to the grand final on Sunday while the loser will play the winner of KKR vs Rajasthan. It is easy to make a case for both sides who have been ultra-impressive throughout the tournament to date...
As we reach the final match of the round-robin series we see two teams who have taken very different paths. Chennai have been dominant from the start and can rest easy having qualified some time ago, whilst the Kings XI have only themselves to blame for a horror run of form which has effectively ended their season.
The equation is simple for Mumbai, a win will see them reach the finals and secure a top four place whilst a loss will see them narrowly miss out. It has been an amazing turn around for Mumbai who started the season with just one victory from their first six matches but have gone on to record five wins from their next seven.
Another day and another crucial match as KKR come up against the powerhouse of the Sunrisers Hyderabad who are cruising having already qualified but are still turning out solid performances.
This it for both teams as we reach the final round of IPL 2018 as there are many scenarios that have been thrown around but all these two teams need to focus on is winning this match.
This game brings us two teams at opposite ends of the spectrum with Chennai having already qualified whilst Delhi sit at the bottom of the table and will be playing for pride. Chennai are hard to tip against here with their squad running along nicely...
This looms as an intriguing match as Bangalore desperately search for another victory against the already qualified Hyderabad who, whilst they do not need the win, will want to maintain...
Both teams will be looking to bounce back after disappointing losses. Mumbai were not terrible but just lacked the power and finishing they have shown in previous matches whilst the Kings XI put in the second worst batting display seen during IPL 2018.
This tournament just gets closer and closer as both of these teams sit in the logjam of teams on six wins and the winner of this match will get some much-needed breathing space as the rest of the competition battle it out for the final two play-off positions.
In what is a vital match, both teams are still in the hunt for a finals appearance. The Kings XI have put themselves in a vulnerable position as teams like Mumbai and Rajasthan start to flourish and threaten their position.
In the context of the season, this match is huge. Rajasthan have put themselves in a position to make a final assault on the top four whilst the same can be said for Mumbai who have completely turned their season.