- RCB confirms play-off
- Four teams for fourth place
- KKR is most likely
Chennai is leading with 18 points from 12 games. Delhi ranks second with the same number of points. These two teams have secured one and two positions respectively. The RCB, led by Virat Kohli, is likely to finish third. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad has been knocked out of the IPL by four points after winning just two of its last 12 matches.
Thus the possibilities of the team
The most likely team in the battle for fourth place is the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata has 12 points from 13 games. With a good run rate, KKR is more likely to make the playoffs if he wins the final. Kolkata’s last game is against Rajasthan Royals.
It’s not easy for Punjab
The Punjab Kings are fifth on the points table, but the chances are slim. The team has 10 points in 13 games. To reach the play-offs, they need to win by a wide margin against the top-ranked Chennai Super Kings. The outcome of other matches will also determine Punjab’s chances. Punjab can only advance if Mumbai defeats Rajasthan, Mumbai defeats Hyderabad and Rajasthan defeats Kolkata. Punjab will not see a play-off if there is a change to this.
Crucial for Rajasthan
Currently in sixth position, the Rajasthan Royals have two more games to play. The matches are against the Indians of Kolkata and Mumbai. Rajasthan has a slightly higher net execution rate than Mumbai. If they can beat Mumbai and Kolkata by a good margin, Sanju and his team can play in the play-offs.
The prospects for Bombay
The defending champions of the Mumbai Indians are seventh in the points table. The team suffered a series of defeats in the United Arab Emirates. The problem with Mumbai is that they are lagging behind in the execution rate. The next matches are against Hyderabad and Rajasthan. If Rajasthan wins both games and defeats Kolkata, the chances will be clear for Rohit and his team.
There are seven games left before the playoffs. The last two league games on Friday will be played at the same time. There will also be two games on Thursday. The IPL final will be played on October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Chennai Super Kings play off at IPL