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The Final Countdown – Predicting the Playoffs

The Final Countdown – Predicting the Playoffs

The Indian Premier League 2019 is in its final week and having played almost 12 matches each, the team playoffs are becoming rather clear after every game. The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals are both at 16 points each and sitting right on top of the table. CSK actually has been rather consistent throughout. The third team on the table is the Mumbai Indians with 14 points to their credit. Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, and the Rajasthan Royals share the bottom half of the table with 10 points each. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are trailing with just 8 points. In the group stage of this year’s IPL, only 10 matches are left, and this analysis should provide the qualification scenarios of the six teams that are vying for the two remaining spots.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

With just 5 wins out of 11, the IPL 2018 runners up are having a tough time. Currently placed at no.4, the team in order to directly qualify for the playoffs, have to win the next three encounters remaining for them. Additionally, with a good net run rate of +0.56, they can even make do with two wins. The road ahead does get tougher for SRH with Jonny Bairstow’s exit and David Warner’s last game of the season tomorrow.

Kolkata Knight Riders

On 28th April, KKR ended their losing streak when they won against the Mumbai Indians. Their campaign eventually came alive, even if they were to heavily depend on Andre Russell who single-handedly won games for the team. While it has been a rather rocky road for the team, winning the remaining two fixtures is the only way they can ensure some results. At this stage, the most they can score is just 14 points, after which, they should be able to qualify for the playoffs.

Mumbai Indians

Having lost to KKR due to some dreadful bowling, the Mumbai Indians have to rejuvenate themselves to qualify for the playoffs by at least winning one of the two games that are remaining. The team will be taking on KKR and SRH in their next. Mumbai Indians (MI) will be ensured of a playoff spot when they garner victories in both these matches. Because of their superior net run rate, they may even finish as one of the top two.

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP lost midway after a great three-game win, initially, in the season. Which means out of their last six matches, the team has won only two. This is also the team that has consistently failed to qualify even after having won 5 games out of 6. KXIP has to win at least two of their games from the upcoming three for some favorable results. Unfortunately, they have a tough challenge up ahead as they face three of the most in-form teams of the season CSK, SRH and KKR.

Rajasthan Royals

After 5 wins out of 12 matches, the Rajasthan Royals are currently in the 6th position of the points table. The team has to win both their remaining encounters and win by big margins, especially due to their poor net run rate. Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer departed from the game, and the impact of this exodus is seen. Unfortunately, they are heavily dependent on the results of the other matches.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have been knocked out of the competition with their loss against the Delhi Capitals. If the team is looking forward to some advantageous results, then it only has to wait and see if any of the other teams end up with just 12 points each. Winning their next games by massive margins or even simply scoring a win against the next three teams still may not help with their points tally. The reasons for the team’s poor performance are attributed to bad captaincy, finishing, and death bowling.

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