9 teams clashing each other twice in 72 match league round is a recipe for confusion. This is where IPL 2012 points table clears situation out, showing how each has done overall and hence where they stand. All 9 teams will be fighting for first four positions to qualify for play-offs, subsequent eliminators and eventually the final..
Note that there's no bonus point system in IPL 2012 which means, at best, a team can win a match dominatingly and better their net run rate.
What are play-offsInstead of two semi-finals, Indian premier league introduced play-offs and eliminator last year which allows top two teams an extra chance to reach the final. First, top two teams in points table will play each other with winner qualifying for final while loser will wait for winner of eliminator between 3rd and 4th position teams and then another final eliminator to decide other finalist.
Table updated upto : all league matches. Following is how teams finished in IPL 2012.
Which teams qualify for play-offs**Team with most win are placed on top.
**If equal, team with more points top the table.
**If still equal, team with better net run rate goes through.