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CSK were the best team of the league phase of IPL 2015, finishing top of the standingsDeepak Malik/IPL/Sportzpics

After 56 matches, some outstanding batting, equally good bowling and ridiculous fielding, four teams are looking forward to Tuesday and Wednesday, and perhaps more beyond that, while four other sides are licking their wounds, with that wistful feeling of "what might have been."

The Chennai Super Kings, as is their wont, finished top of the pile again, ensuring a couple of cracks at reaching the final. Mumbai Indians finished second in the IPL 2015 table – which means they also will have two opportunities -- with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Rajasthan Royals following suit.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab were the four teams to miss out on the IPL 2015 playoffs, with KKR, in particular, the surprise team side to finish outside the top four.

The fact that KKR are no longer a part of IPL 2015 means we will have a new champion – what remains to be seen is if it will be two-time champs CSK, one-time winners MI and RR or RCB for the first time in their history.

Either way, the playoffs promises four more fantastic contests.

Below the final standings of the IPL 2015 league stages

Team Match Won Lost NR NRR Points
CSK 14 9 5 0 +0.709 18
MI 14 8 6 0 -0.043 16
RCB 14 7 5 2 +1.037 16
RR 14 7 5 2 +0.062 16
KKR 14 7 6 1 +0.253 15
SRH 14 7 7 0 -0.239 14
DD 14 5 8 1 -0.049 11
KXIP 14 3 11 0 -1.436 6