As per groupings released by BCCI on Friday, group A comprises Mumbai Indians, KKR, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Supergiants.
The group B will have Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bengalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.
Over the years, the IPL has been an eight-team affair where each team played each other twice at the round robin league stage to complete 14 games.
However this group league format is not new in IPL as it was once used a decade back when Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala were part of the league.
Ready Reckoner for Format
The rows and columns of the groups (A and B) have been done as per IPL performances — number of titles and number of finals reached.
Firstly, the groupings have been done as per IPL performance where group A has MI (Team 1) with five titles as first team. Correspondingly, in group B, the first team is CSK (Team 2) which has four titles.
Team 3 is again placed in group A and that is KKR with two titles and the corresponding Team 4 placed in group B is SRH with a sole title.
Team 5 again in group A is Rajasthan Royals (1 title) and its corresponding Team 6 in group B is RCB, which has played three finals.
Team 7 in group A is DC, which has one final appearance and two play-offs while corresponding Team 8 in group B is Punjab Kings with one final appearance.
Newcomers, Lucknow Super Giants is Team 9 in group A and Gujarat Titans is corresponding team 10 in group B.
How each plays 14 games
Each team plays the other teams in its group twice, which makes it eight matches.
The balance six games they play against the five teams in the other group.
So MI from group A will play two games against CSK which is its equivalent team in group B and one match against the other four teams.
Similarly KKR, the second placed team in A plays SRH in group B twice and all other teams once.
This is how teams attain (8+6) 14 group league games.