Three teams have qualified, one team has been eliminated and four teams are vying for the final playoff berth. These are the things that go into the last seven group league games in the IPL.
The Kolkata Knight Riders finished fourth in the table over their rivals. However, they need to win their last group league match against Rajasthan Royals for safety.
Matches played 13, points -12, NRR – + 0.29
They play with the Royals and the victory takes them all into the top four. The other three chasing teams are far behind in terms of net run-rate and need to win by big margins to trump KKR.
However, if KKR loses their last group game, both the Royals and Mumbai Indians will be in stiff competition, with each team having to play two more matches in the group league.
Matches played -12, points -10, NRR –0.45
Defending champions have struggled to reach the maximum of the term. Their next two matches will be against Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. So basically it is a direct fight between MI and Royals. The winning team will remain afloat.
MI, however, still has the worst run rate of all the teams in the competition. So virtually their only chance is to win their next two matches and hope that KKR will lose their last group league match.
Matches played – 12, points – 10, NRR – -0.33
In their hands is their destiny. If the Royals beat MI and KKR in their last two group games, they will advance to the playoffs with 14 points. But losing one of them makes their job a lot harder. If the four teams end up with 12 points, the Royals’ net run-tate is unlikely to benefit them at all.
Kings of Punjab
Matches played -13, points -10, NRR –0.24
Save a miracle, it seems almost impossible for the kings of Punjab. Their last match was against Chennai Super Kings and they should win it by 70-odd runs and then KKR will lose to Royals by the same margin. Also, if any other team does not reach 14 points they will come into the competition.
Chennai Super Kings
Matches played – 12, points – 18, NRR – +0.82
CSK, who topped the table with the best net run-rate, need to win one of their next two matches, finish in the top two and get a second bite in the playoffs at Cherry. The losers in Qualifier 1 get another chance to reach the final with a second game with the eliminator winners. Their next two group games will be against Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings and although they have lost both, they may remain in the top two due to their run-rate.
Capitals of Delhi
Matches played – 12, points – 18, NRR – +0.55
DC also qualified and was in the top position in getting the top two spots. Their next two matches will be against CSK and Royal Challengers Bangalore and the other two points will take them to the top two.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Matches played -12, points -16, NRR –0.15
The RCB also qualified. However, to stay in the top two teams, they need to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and DC in all their remaining group games. If CSK or DC do not lose their remaining two group fixtures due to their relatively poor net run rate, they are likely to remain in third place even if they reach 20 points.
Matches played -12, points -4, NRR –0.47
Their race runs. But with their next two matches against RCB and MI, they could affect the playoffs equation.