Newsfile, May 8 May 8, 2013

How KKR can make the playoffs, how CSK could miss out

ESPNcricinfo staff
A round-up of IPL news from May 8, 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders' heavy defeat against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday has severely dented their chances of finishing in the top four, but they aren't quite out of the race yet. If other results go to plan, they could still finish a clear fourth with 16 points.

On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings are currently sitting pretty on 18 points, but they aren't entirely safe yet: if they lose all their remaining matches, they could drop down to fifth.

For Knight Riders to go through, three of the top teams will have to win a lot of matches and break away from the group, giving Knight Riders an opportunity to sneak in as the fourth team. If, for instance, Mumbai Indians win all their matches, and Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals lose no more than one each, then Mumbai and Super Kings will finish on 24 points, and Royals on 22. If Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their remaining games, and if Kings XI Punjab win no more than two, then all three teams will stay on 14. Knight Riders will then be the only team on 16. For that to happen, though, they'll first need to win their remaining four matches, against Pune Warriors and Sunrisers (both away), and against Royal Challengers and Warriors (in Ranchi).

Meanwhile, four teams are within four points of Super Kings, and all of them have at least four games to go, which means there's a chance for all them to finish on at least 20. If, for instance, Royal Challengers, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers win three, and if Mumbai win two of their remaining games (which is possible given the opponents they're playing against), all four teams will have either 20 or 22 points. Even if Super Kings win a game and go up to 20, qualification could still come down to net run rates since five teams could finish on 20 or more points.

'Worst day' tweets sent out from Tiwary account
Kolkata Knight Riders and India batsman Manoj Tiwary might or might not have had one of the worst days in his career on Tuesday. A tweet from Tiwary's handle, @tiwarymanoj, said: "2day is d worst day in my cricketin career .. Never ever gonna digest dis day all my life .." Later, Tiwary said the tweet was a result of his account being hacked: "Hi frnds .. My twitter account was hacked, someone sent misleadin tweets about being my worst day etc. I'm perfectly fine." Tiwary has missed the last five of Knight Riders' matches, including the one against Mumbai Indians, last playing for the team on April 24. In the seven IPL games he has played this season, he has 107 runs (six innings) at 17.83.

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  • starincricket on May 8, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    wat about playoff with these.. CSK,RR, MI and KXIP/SRH.... RCB??

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    relevant comment by Sukriti. But even though I am a CSK fan (and a die-hard one at that) let us not forget that indeed others not doing well has indeed enabled one team to make it to the top four (I think in the IPL this has happened just once) and if you all remember correctly, it happened just last year in the 5th IPL and the team to benefit was none other than the CSK. Did CSK not finish all its engagements with 14-odd points last year and were there not at least two teams with a chance of qualifying, the teams being Punjab and RCB. I think it was Punjab who were required to win all their remaining matches, they also did that almost grandly beating the daylights out of Mumbai and RCB. But it was Hyderabad who spoiled their party with Sangakkara's men besting Punjab in their own den in Mohali. Thereafter, wasn't it Steyn who sliced RCB's famed batting line up like knife through butter, thus ruining their IPL (and in the process, enabling CSK to sneak through to the qualifiers???)

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    I cannot wait to see how CSK plays after they have a confirmed spot in the final four. After that, their matches will define the destiny for other teams and CSK can lose match to their favor as to which team they want to plat the playoffs with. The old oz way.

  • ladycricfan on May 8, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    @Parag Raut, if KKR is in the play offs with 16 points, CSK is also in. If CSK is out with 18 points KKR will be also out because KKR can get maximum 16 points only.

  • CricketMaan on May 8, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Two deserving teams in playoffs are SRH and RR. Limited fanfare, maximum results..but i guess one of them will make way for RCB, MI and CSK!!

  • Krishhhhh on May 8, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    The above write up sounds more like a wish from MI/ KKR fan .. be practical .. rather wasting time on planning the results .. better give us the road map for KXIP . Honestly even there is a back door KKR do not deserve a place in play off.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    @Parag Raut .. Those are two different scenarios .. Please read the article carefully ..

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    KKR could make 16 pts to reach 4th place and CSK with 18 pts still not sure to make cut-off !!! ha ha ! Dis is a joke !!!

  • Sukruti on May 8, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    My final 4 : CSK, RCB, MI, RR. No SRH, KXIP. I am still amazed, KKR is still dreaming of making playoffs. One has to win the mathces to make it to play-offs, instead of relying on others performances. The permutaions and combinations are very complex, that it is not probable at all.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    after looking at their current performances(dismal batting shows and poor bowling),I think they are goona be out of the competition after loosing the very next match.....

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