A look at the teams in the first place in the table in the IPL so far every year in the IPL. In the 10 years history of the IPL, the top team in the points table has been the champion for only two occasions.
All the 56 matches of the IPL 2018 league stage have been played and 2016 champion Sunrisers Hyderabad secured first place in the points table with 18 points. Although Chennai SuperKings also had 18 points after 14 matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat them on the basis of net run rate. Significantly, Sunrise Hyderabad has secured first place in the points table for the first time.
If you talk about the last 10 years, it has happened so far only two times that the first team in the points table will be the IPL champion that year. The Rajasthan Royals in 2008 and the Mumbai Indians made this record in 2017. In 2009 Delhi Daredevils got first place, but they had to face defeat in the semi-finals. Mumbai Indians were on top in the points table in 2010, but they defeated Chennai SuperKings in the final. In 2011, Royal Challengers Bangalore was in first place, but they also defeated Chennai SuperKings in the finals. In 2012 Delhi Daredevils got the first position, but they did not get the chance to go to the finals again.
Chennai Supercans were in first place in 2013, but this time they were defeated by Mumbai Indians in the final. In 2014 Kings XI Punjab was in the best form and first place in the points table for the first time, but in the final, they beat Kolkata Knight Riders. In 2015, Chennai SuperKings got 1st place, but once again they defeated Mumbai Indians in the finals. In the year 2016, Gujarat Lions was in the top position, but they also did not get the chance to go to the final due to the defeat in the play-off.
In the IPL, the highest number of teams in the second position in the table (2011 – Chennai Super Kings, 2012 and 2014 – Kolkata Knight Riders, 2013 and 2015 – Mumbai Indians) have captured the title. Apart from this, two times in the third place (2010 – Chennai Super Kings and 2016 – Sunrisers Hyderabad) and once the fourth-placed team (2009 – Deccan Chargers) have also won the IPL title.
It is to be seen now that Sunrise Hyderabad, who are toppers this time, have managed to win the title or Chennai Super Kings, who are in second place in view of history, will be able to win their third title.