Chennai was meant to host the play-off matches, the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator of the Twenty20 league. There has been a decision to move these matches that are set to take place on 21 and 22 May 2013 to Delhi, instead of having them played in Chennai.
The reason for this move is that those teams that have players from Sri Lanka would not have been able to allow those players to play if the games took place in Chennai. The reason for this is a political one. Moving the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator to Delhi will allow all players an equal opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League 6.
The decision to host these games in Delhi came after a vote was held. One of the potential venues had been Bangalore, however, the Ferozeshah Kotla Ground ended up being the chosen location. The decision needed to be taken after the government in Tamil Nadu refused to allow the Sri Lankans to play after there were anti-Sinhalese sentiments.
In support of choosing Delhi, the press release from the Indian Premier League noted: “The Ferozeshah Kotla Ground is the home venue of the Delhi Daredevils, who topped the league stage in the 2012 edition.”
The match that will take place on 21 May 2013 will be between the team that has obtained the first rank by the end of the league stage, and the team that has achieved the second rank in the Qualifier 1. The winner of this game will go through to the finals of the IPL 2013.
The teams that have placed third and fourth in the league will play against each other on 22 May in the Eliminator. On 24 May, at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the loser of Qualifier 1 and the winner of the Eliminator will play in Qualifier 2. The final match will take place on 26 May 2013.