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Pro Kabaddi: Which teams will face off in PKL 2021 playoffs? Playoffs structure explained

A total of 12 teams are geared up for the PKL tournament (Source: Pro Kabaddi League)

The PKL trophy (Source: Pro Kabaddi League)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 19 Feb 2022 5:25 PM GMT

The league stage matches of the ongoing Pro Kabaddi League 2021 ended with the table toppers Patna Pirates defeating the Haryana Steelers 30-27 in match number 132. This also brought an end to the playoffs race with the Puneri Paltan taking the final slot, ahead of the Steelers.

Which teams have qualified for the PKL 2021 playoffs?

Qualified Teams

Teams Knocked Out

Patna Pirates

Telugu Titans

Dabang Delhi

Tamil Thalaivas

UP Yoddha

U Mumba

Gujarat Giants

Bengal Warriors

Bengaluru Bulls

Haryana Steelers

Puneri Paltan

Jaipur Pink Panthers

How does PKL playoff system works?

The playoff system of PKL 2021 is very simple. The teams finishing in the top two positions after the league stages will directly move to the semifinals, while the teams which have finished from fourth to sixth will face-off in an eliminator.

The first eliminator will be played between the team which finished third and the team which finished sixth - the winner of this contest will play the top placed side at the end of the league stages in the semifinal.

Similarly the second eliminator will be played between the fourth and fifth placed teams, with the winner of this contest going up against the second placed team in the semifinal.

The winners of both the semifinals will then clash against each other for the Champions crown.

Which teams will face-off in PKL 2021 playoffs?

This is how the PKL 2021 playoffs is lined up:

Eliminator 1 - UP Yoddha v/s Puneri Paltan

Eliminator 2 - Gujarat Giants v/s Bengaluru Bulls

Semifinal 1 - Patna Pirates v/s Winner of Eliminator 1

Semifinal 2 - Dabang Delhi v/s Winner of Eliminator 2

Final - Winner of Semifinal 1 v/s Winner of Semifinal 2

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