IPL 2012 May 18, 2012

Four teams, two spots

A look at which team needs to do what to make it to the playoffs
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With only four round-robin matches to go in the IPL, two playoff places are still up for grabs, with four teams contesting for those two spots. Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders have already booked their places, but here's what the other teams need to do to make the cut.

Mumbai Indians
To play: Rajasthan Royals (away)

A win in their last match will mean Mumbai Indians finish their league games on 20 points, which will surely put them in the top three; if Kolkata Knight Riders lose their last game, then Mumbai Indians will finish in the top two. However, if they lose to Royals their task of qualifying becomes much tougher, since four other teams will have a chance of getting 18 or more points. Mumbai Indians' net run rate is also a worry - at -0.16, they're only marginally better than Kings XI Punjab (-0.172). If Kings XI win their last match and Mumbai Indians lose theirs, it's very likely that Kings XI will end up with a better NRR too. And then there's also Royal Challengers Bangalore, who'll go past Mumbai Indians if they beat Deccan Chargers in their final game. If they lose to Royals, Mumbai Indians must hope that not more than one out of Royal Challengers and King XI get to 18 or more points. The advantage for Mumbai Indians is that their match against Royals is the last of the league stage, so they'll know exactly what they need to do to progress.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
To play: Deccan Chargers (away)

If Royal Challengers beat Chargers, they'll definitely progress to the last four, though it'll be almost impossible to take second place even if Knight Riders lose, because of their respective net run rates. However, if they lose, they'll definitely be out, since Chennai Super Kings already have 17 points and a better NRR - Royal Challengers can't catch up on the NRR if they lose.

Chennai Super Kings
Have played all 16 matches

Three teams already have more points than Super Kings' 17, and their only hope of sneaking in as the fourth side into the playoffs is if all the other teams in contention lose most of their matches. Thus they'll want Royal Challengers and Kings XI to lose their last matches. If all those results go the way of Super Kings, they'll still make the cut as their net run rate will remain more than that of Royal Challengers.

Kings XI Punjab
To play: Delhi Daredevils (home)

The unexpected defeat for Royals against Chargers means Kings XI have a better chance of qualification. But for that, they need to win their last match, and hope that at least one of Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians lose their last game. If Royal Challengers lose and Mumbai Indians win, then Kings XI and Mumbai Indians will qualify. If Royal Challengers win and Mumbai Indians lose, then Kings XI will still most likely go through on a better net run rate than Mumbai Indians. For instance, if Kings XI score 150 and win by two runs, and if Mumbai Indians score 148 and lose by two runs, Kings XI will sneak ahead on NRR.

The battle for the top two spots

Daredevils have already made sure they'll finish among the top two: even if they lose their last game and Mumbai Indians win theirs, Daredevils will still end with a superior net run rate. A win for Knight Riders will give them a place in the top two, but even a defeat will do that job if Mumbai Indians lose their last match. What's certain is that the top two* positions will be decided among these three teams: Daredevils, Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians. (Royal Challengers have a theoretical chance, but even if they win by 60 runs and Knight Riders lose by a similar margin, Knight Riders will still have a higher net run rate.)

*14:10 GMT, May 18: The article had earlier said 'top three'. It has been corrected
18:12 GMT, May 18: This article has been updated to reflect that Rajasthan Royals are out of the race

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • yug20 on May 19, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    my gut feeling........... its KKR vs MI....in the finals....treat to watch :)

  • aujender on May 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Dear hari040761! You r right that cricket is a gentleman game but Dhoni has made it his own game. Selection committee only select the team for the tour say 16 0r 17 players, but how hostile is Dhoni is to seniors that he drops that player who has just scored double centuryin his last match and then says its rotation policy, It is his cunningness and selfishness that is ruining the team. He is very individualistic plyayer who first take care of himself and then of team. If he is the captain of the Indian T20 team in this world cup then it will be steep fall as was the steep rise from the first T120 worl cup 5 yeas back. I pray that I may be wrong but tiem will tell u the truth

  • on May 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @Sivan1980...Why are you getting so angry..maybe people are bored of seeing CSK win! If chennai do make the playoffs then they surely deserve it and no body could stop them.

  • Bruisers on May 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Rajesh Kanna - Head to head is not considered in IPL. Only NRR is taken in case of teams finishing with same points.

  • Sivan1980 on May 19, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    The non-CSK Fans like K11 Punjab and RR fans are very jealous about CSK. I dont know why? CSK fans never think about particular team would be knocked out. They always think about CSK win and qualify. Peoples are praying CSK should loose to K11Punjab. They are saying CSK riding on the luck. Accepted. Same way it is appilcable for other teams as well. CSK lost the match against K11punjab thats why RR, K11punjab, MI and RCB still in the league. It means thery are very lucky. In this IPL5 only CSK lost many games at the last over or ball. So people has to accept CSK is not lucky. They are just playing good cricket with some luck. We can say CSK converting the lucky opportunity well in their way than other times. As on today 19.05.2012, 8PM RR, K11Punjb out of league. Next time better you people pray for ur team win. Dont pray for other team loose.

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    DC shud win against RCB the they will be out..CSK r destined to win it again...!!!!

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    God has favored 66 % for CSK. lets see if other 33 % also come along their way

  • jayrkay on May 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Please enlighten me on the TBA matches- Teams one and two, finally win the title

  • pai11 on May 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    DD 1st team to qualify for IPL playoff & also the 1st team to qualify for Champions League.. Go DD........

  • pai11 on May 19, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    only the big cities Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai stand a chance for playoffs...

  • yug20 on May 19, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    my gut feeling........... its KKR vs MI....in the finals....treat to watch :)

  • aujender on May 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Dear hari040761! You r right that cricket is a gentleman game but Dhoni has made it his own game. Selection committee only select the team for the tour say 16 0r 17 players, but how hostile is Dhoni is to seniors that he drops that player who has just scored double centuryin his last match and then says its rotation policy, It is his cunningness and selfishness that is ruining the team. He is very individualistic plyayer who first take care of himself and then of team. If he is the captain of the Indian T20 team in this world cup then it will be steep fall as was the steep rise from the first T120 worl cup 5 yeas back. I pray that I may be wrong but tiem will tell u the truth

  • on May 19, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    @Sivan1980...Why are you getting so angry..maybe people are bored of seeing CSK win! If chennai do make the playoffs then they surely deserve it and no body could stop them.

  • Bruisers on May 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @Rajesh Kanna - Head to head is not considered in IPL. Only NRR is taken in case of teams finishing with same points.

  • Sivan1980 on May 19, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    The non-CSK Fans like K11 Punjab and RR fans are very jealous about CSK. I dont know why? CSK fans never think about particular team would be knocked out. They always think about CSK win and qualify. Peoples are praying CSK should loose to K11Punjab. They are saying CSK riding on the luck. Accepted. Same way it is appilcable for other teams as well. CSK lost the match against K11punjab thats why RR, K11punjab, MI and RCB still in the league. It means thery are very lucky. In this IPL5 only CSK lost many games at the last over or ball. So people has to accept CSK is not lucky. They are just playing good cricket with some luck. We can say CSK converting the lucky opportunity well in their way than other times. As on today 19.05.2012, 8PM RR, K11Punjb out of league. Next time better you people pray for ur team win. Dont pray for other team loose.

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    DC shud win against RCB the they will be out..CSK r destined to win it again...!!!!

  • on May 19, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    God has favored 66 % for CSK. lets see if other 33 % also come along their way

  • jayrkay on May 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Please enlighten me on the TBA matches- Teams one and two, finally win the title

  • pai11 on May 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    DD 1st team to qualify for IPL playoff & also the 1st team to qualify for Champions League.. Go DD........

  • pai11 on May 19, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    only the big cities Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai stand a chance for playoffs...

  • yug20 on May 19, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    KXIP Should win today..that will make the final 2 matchs on sunday an interesting one

  • on May 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ Rajesh Kann... Its ok mate, you are die hard fan of KXI and I am of RCB. But I don't hate KXI, in fact i have to thank them for defeating CSK which made our job easier. I don't have any problem with CSK also but at the end of the day I am for RCB and want RCB in playoffs! Lets keep praying and time will reveal the rest! Best of luck mate!

  • on May 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    hope punjab or rcb any one to win and get csk out of IPL.........i wish to c RCB MI KKR AND DD in play off

  • on May 19, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    If CSK had won the match against KXIP all other teams would have been out of contention.....Its a luck for other teams only....

  • on May 19, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    If RCB gets out for 100 in 10 overs their NRR would be calculated with 100 from 20 overs only

  • on May 19, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Vijay Mallaya have shares in 5 TEAMS, DC also one of them. Thats IPL. As a CSK fan its hard to see CSK out of top four but rather than going in the merits of other teams CSK can be out. And MORE THAN 60% OF INDIANS WILL BE HAPPY IF CSK IS OUT, LET THEM BE HAPPY ATLEAST ONCE IN THESE 5 YEARS.

  • on May 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    KXIP should win against DD and DC should beat RCB

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Delhi, KKR, RCB and Punjab .. Take Mumbai out ! They didnt played upto their potential

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    I want chennai super kings out of the tournament....Finally!

  • on May 19, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    First 2 places go to Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders and remaining would be Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Then This 5th edition is became more Interest. Delhi dare devils wins their match against KKR and RCB wins their match against MI. Then RCB wins their match against KKR. The finalists are DD and RCB and the winner is Delhi Dare Devils.@ Sarathchandra.aggi

  • on May 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    hoping that KXIP and RCB lose today and tomorrow, CSK has to progress to playoffs!!! In Sha Allah...

  • ragarg10 on May 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    hoping DD beat KXIP today and RCB beat DC. This will eliminate CSK.

  • nikhil_tawde on May 19, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @tejasdhamsania, then it will make the points table more interesting.

  • on May 19, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    @Chethan Puttaiah---- I Wrongly typed DD.. my wishes are DC and KXIP will win the match. please eliminate RCB.. I am the die hard fan of KXIP.. so only telling like this, don't mistake me..

  • priceless1 on May 19, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Now CSK is doing what Team India did few months back which is "waiting for other teams to do them a Favor" and Just like what happened to the Team Indian they will also crash out in the last game :)

  • on May 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @Rajesh Kanna--- My friend I am fining only jealousy and nothing else in your words. How can you call RCB one man army? RCB last matches because of their poor bowling and not because of their batting. Remember they had beaten DD in the very first match in which Gayle didn't even played. They had scored heavy runs even when Gayle failed. RCB is an exciting team with exciting players like Gayle, Devilliers, Dilshan, Kohli, Agarwal, Muruli, ZAK, Tiwari and Vettori. As per your comment even if KXI and DD win their last games also it will not eliminate RCB as long as they beat DC in last game. This is T 20 and not test match cricket we want dashing teams in finals and not boring teams.

  • hari040761 on May 19, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    DEAR AUJENDER CRICKET IS A GENTLEMEN GAME AND EVEN THOUGH THE OPINIONS ARE DIFFERENT THERE IS NOT THOUGHT IN THE PLAYERS MIND TO TAKE REVENGE OR TIT FOR TAT. PLEASE HEAVEN SAKE DON'T INDUCE. IF A PLAYER PERFORMED WELL HE WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY SELECTED. AND ALSO SELECTION IS NOT BY ANY INDIVIDUAL. EVEN IF DHONI DON'T WANT VIRU, WHAT ABOUT OTHERS SELECTION COMMITTEE. DID YOU MEAN SELECTION COMMITTEE IS DANCING TO THE TUNE OF DHONI OR WHOLE SELECTION COMMITTEE IS AGAINST VIRU. WE BELIEVE ALL OUR CRICKETERS ARE GENTLEMEN AND GIVE IMPORTANCE TO GOOD CRICKET AND NOT TO PITY ISSUES. GOOD LUCK TO ALL AND GOODLUCK TO CRICKET TO LONG LIVE AS A GENTLEMEN GAME.

  • on May 19, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    If only Pune had beaten MI when chasing 120 or had won against DC. There would be still chances for more teams - 8 in fact! That would have been great for non-biased cricket lovers ;)

  • on May 19, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    I hope Mumbai and Punjab wins the next 2 games and RCB loose. I'm not hater of RCB, but still a small liking for the extra commitment of Punjab and all their hardwork after the initial limping. Only hope CSK, the only team I hate dont be third year lucky :P

  • squarepeg on May 19, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    all these speculations will not change the line-up - DD, KKR, RCB and MI. It will be a huge upset if DC beats RCB, can happen.. but...

  • on May 19, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    @Rajesh Kanna, I mistyped DD rather than DC.. (Just now, I corrected my mistake). So, read now correctly: KXIP and DC must win their next game to eliminate RCB.. Because, RCB is being one man army, they are not playing team work cricket. KXIP has good team work cricket.. they need to play playoffs, and try to win all the remaining matches to win the IPL-5. @Karthi_2K11, thank you for commenting my post..

  • tejasdhamsania on May 19, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    WHAT IF ?!, rain washes out a certain game?

  • on May 18, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Taylor did not dominate the bowlers even though he made a half century. All his big hits were between square leg and midwicket. Russell and Taylor should be considered again side by side in this match batting at 4 and 5. Russell might also be useful in the playoffs in place of Morkel on a slow wicket like Chennai. Warner could be rested for this match.

  • on May 18, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I think the RCB will beat DC comfortably and qualify for play off. The RCB being one man army, the DC's lil chance rely on their early dismissal of Chris Gayle.

    I wish Delhi defeats King's XI and RCB will loose to Deccan Chargers. That's the only way my CSK can go through :-) (however I am disappointed by CSK's par below performance this season).

  • on May 18, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    KXIP and DD must win their next game to eliminate RCB.. Because, RCB is being one man army, they are not playing team work cricket. KXIP has good team work cricket.. they need to play playoffs, and try to win all the remaining matches to win the IPL-5. @Karthi_2K11, thank you for commenting my post..

  • zuber21886 on May 18, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    good written and worked article

  • on May 18, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    feels so cool being a delhi-ite . haha no tension :p

    cant wait for a sehwag vs naraine battle in the playoffs .....does anyone reckon sehwag reading him ?? sehwag got out before facing him last time...... he had no problems with mendis when the whole indian team struggled initially . it ll be a treat to watch !!

  • on May 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    it will be interesting if one of the remaining matches wash out!

  • ragarg10 on May 18, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    DC beat RR did a favour to CSK. Nw they will hope DD beat KXIP and DC pulls off a shocker against RCB..

  • on May 18, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    My gut feeling says DC will beat RCB in the last game and Delhi will beat KX11

  • on May 18, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @LuckyStar: The match rule is if the two teams have same points, first they will consider head-to-head wins..So CSK won 1..Noway RCB must win to qualify.

  • aujender on May 18, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Whatever may be ur theoritical calculation, but practical calculation is that now competition is between three teams for two spots. RR is out today. for all practical purpose CSK was out yesterday itself because of its defeat to Kings XI. Veeru's DD is not going to give any chance to CSK and it will make sure that if there is any possibility of CSK reaching the next stage then they will do whatever they can. There is only one exception that Dhoni makes a call to Veeru and say sorry for whatever happens in Austerlia and after that for the selection of the team for Asia cup

  • phendel on May 18, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    RCB lost a huge opportunity to give themselves 2 chances to qualify.......improving their NRR to go over CSK or by winning on Sunday vs DC.......now they have to win sunday to qualify.........but with how they played against DD you wouldnt expect them to lose against DC.....stranger things have happened b4 though!!

  • grc4u on May 18, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    The comment they posted is aboslutely right....give an example how they are wrong...theoretically DD might not take first two spots if MI won by 120+ RUNS and DD lose by a similar margin and KKR wins the last match.

  • nbala4u on May 18, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @LuckyStar, Even if a team gets all out before 20 overs, RR will be calculated for 20 overs, not for the played overs. This is a general rule.

  • on May 18, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @Luckystar: I dont think that's possible.... if RCB are 100 all out in 10 overs chasing 160, i believe it will still count as 100 runs in 20 overs while calculating the NRR. that's why it's net run rate and not just run rate......

  • grc4u on May 18, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    LuckyStar: I wish your assumption is right...but unfortunately they will consider as 20 overs and RCB net runrate will go worst than the previous... Please post if you're sure only

  • on May 18, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Plz, stop the strategic time out

  • ProdigyA on May 18, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Mr Rajesh, you should have been in NASA.

  • eZoha on May 18, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    @LuckyStar >> I am afraid you are wrong. If a team get all out, they are considered to have played all their overs as far as run rate is concerned, regardless of how many overs they actually played.

  • on May 18, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @LuckyStar: That is wrong. Even if you get out for 100 in 10 overs, it will be counted as 20 overs for net run rate.

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 18, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Part 2 of 2: .…The path to the eliminator match has become murkier for CSK & they are almost knocked out of IPL-V, but they are not completely out yet. They depend on 4 results to make it to the 4th play-offs qualifier position in the IPL table: DD (away) beating KXIP, MI (away) beating RR, DC (home) beating RR, & DC (home) beating RCB. These results are not outlandishly impossible or far-fetched, as DD & MI are used to winning away, & even though DC has lost all its home matches this season, (& only won two away), the home factor is usually an advantage. If CSK make it to the eliminator, they would prefer to play against KKR (CSK beat them recently) instead of MI, to which they have lost both their home & away matches, as well as in last years's CL. And, if CSK make it to the Qualifier 2 round, they would prefer to play against either DD or KKR, (CSK has notched up away wins this season against both) rather than MI, which had earlier, beaten CSK both home and away easily.

  • Karthi_2K11 on May 18, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Part 1 of 2: @Vijay Venkatesh: if RCB beat DC, they are through to the eliminator ahead of CSK, because then RCB then has 19 points, 2 more than CSK. @Ankush Jangid: if MI lose against RR, then RR has a clearer chance of going to the play-offs ahead of CSK by one point, especially as they will be having the easier task of beating lowly-placed DC earlier. @Rajesh Kanna: You are right that KKR has qualified for the play-offs sooner than their last league away game against lowly-placed Warriors is due to be played, because KXIP did them a favour. But, whether it is enough for them to make it to the Qualifier 1 match between the top 2 teams, is yet to be seen, and depends on whether MI beat RR or not, and also whether, if, RCB can still displace them, if MI don't, from 2nd position, and then, would have to aim to have a higher NRR than KKR (highly unlikely even though the two teams may have the same number of wins in the league phase). Now, assuming there are no more rain-ruined matches….

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    @LuckyStar... How can RCB finish with better run rate than Chennai if they loses the match? If they got all out in 100 within 10 over, it will be counted as 100 made in 20 overs as it is the rule to calculate NRR. Please verify the rule. They have only option to win and nothing else. No calculation required for them...

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    I wish that RR and KXIP move towards the playoff. They played better this season but remained unnoticed. But they must be fortunate enough to go through that DC pulls off a magic against RCB not the RR.

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I would love to see MI out of the competition. Agreed, they have had some great games with splendid batting performances like Rayadu's and Rohit Sharma's but other than that it has been luck that is favoring them rather than their performances. They don't deserve to go in the top-4(my opinion might be biased on this one) but I would love to see RR in the top 4 spots,they have produced some of the most splendid innings in the history of ipl out of nowhere and its good to see local players like Rayadu and Meneria perform but the batting performance of Dravid and his captaincy is splendid. its really good to see him performing in what is considered as a platform which suits youngsters more (specially when Dravid is not known to be a big hitter of the ball) .He is timing the ball perfectly and is really a TREAT to watch.

  • AbhijeetC on May 18, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I think RCB will secure their place in playoffs since they are playing their last match against DC......and I want RR to win today's Match against DC These are the most likely things that could happen

    So it will definitely come down to MI vs RR match in the end... like quarterfinal ..winner will go through.....

    rest of the teams should go and rest and don't think about much....

  • tintin.iitk on May 18, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @S Rajesh, at one hand you say Mumbai is not yet i.e. they still might fail to qualify in last four, on the hand in the last para you say "What's certain is that the top three positions will be decided among these three teams: Daredevils, Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians."??

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    have a feeling, CSK might still sneak in. fingers crossed.

  • spintl on May 18, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Of the 5 teams, I would love to see RCB & RR for the final 2 spots!!!! Thank God Chennai will be out, they were one of the most luckiest team.. unfortunately for them Raina & Jadeja did not click this season!!!! Mumbai is also one of the luckiest team winning their matches by whiskers...

  • Aspraso on May 18, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    RCB lost a huge opportunity to better their NRR yesterday. With score of 200+ they should have ideally won that game by 50-60 runs but to win by only 20+ plus runs was a huge disservice by the RCB bowlers to the RCB batsmen who put up such a huge total. For RCB, mere winning was never going to be enough, they had to win by a huge margin. The RCB bowlers were just too generous with the 200+ runs in the bank.

  • LuckyStar on May 18, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Even-though RCB losses their last match, still they have chance to make it to play offs as 4th team. Say Deccan scores 160 & RCB gets all out within 100 in 10 overs. Their run rate will be higher than Chennai.

  • drinks.break on May 18, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    What a wonderfully close competition! Of the three teams in with a chance of a top-two finish, one of them (MI) might not even make the top four!

  • on May 18, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    "What's certain is that the top three positions will be decided among these three teams: Daredevils, Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians". It sould be top two, not three.

  • on May 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    In "The battle for the top two spots sections", the comment about top 3 sposts are shared by DD, KKR, and MI is wrong. Whats only certain, at this time, is DD in top two and KKR in top three. MI could be eliminated as described in the MI section.

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  • on May 18, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    In "The battle for the top two spots sections", the comment about top 3 sposts are shared by DD, KKR, and MI is wrong. Whats only certain, at this time, is DD in top two and KKR in top three. MI could be eliminated as described in the MI section.

  • on May 18, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    "What's certain is that the top three positions will be decided among these three teams: Daredevils, Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians". It sould be top two, not three.

  • drinks.break on May 18, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    What a wonderfully close competition! Of the three teams in with a chance of a top-two finish, one of them (MI) might not even make the top four!

  • LuckyStar on May 18, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Even-though RCB losses their last match, still they have chance to make it to play offs as 4th team. Say Deccan scores 160 & RCB gets all out within 100 in 10 overs. Their run rate will be higher than Chennai.

  • Aspraso on May 18, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    RCB lost a huge opportunity to better their NRR yesterday. With score of 200+ they should have ideally won that game by 50-60 runs but to win by only 20+ plus runs was a huge disservice by the RCB bowlers to the RCB batsmen who put up such a huge total. For RCB, mere winning was never going to be enough, they had to win by a huge margin. The RCB bowlers were just too generous with the 200+ runs in the bank.

  • spintl on May 18, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Of the 5 teams, I would love to see RCB & RR for the final 2 spots!!!! Thank God Chennai will be out, they were one of the most luckiest team.. unfortunately for them Raina & Jadeja did not click this season!!!! Mumbai is also one of the luckiest team winning their matches by whiskers...

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    have a feeling, CSK might still sneak in. fingers crossed.

  • tintin.iitk on May 18, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @S Rajesh, at one hand you say Mumbai is not yet i.e. they still might fail to qualify in last four, on the hand in the last para you say "What's certain is that the top three positions will be decided among these three teams: Daredevils, Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians."??

  • AbhijeetC on May 18, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I think RCB will secure their place in playoffs since they are playing their last match against DC......and I want RR to win today's Match against DC These are the most likely things that could happen

    So it will definitely come down to MI vs RR match in the end... like quarterfinal ..winner will go through.....

    rest of the teams should go and rest and don't think about much....

  • on May 18, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    I would love to see MI out of the competition. Agreed, they have had some great games with splendid batting performances like Rayadu's and Rohit Sharma's but other than that it has been luck that is favoring them rather than their performances. They don't deserve to go in the top-4(my opinion might be biased on this one) but I would love to see RR in the top 4 spots,they have produced some of the most splendid innings in the history of ipl out of nowhere and its good to see local players like Rayadu and Meneria perform but the batting performance of Dravid and his captaincy is splendid. its really good to see him performing in what is considered as a platform which suits youngsters more (specially when Dravid is not known to be a big hitter of the ball) .He is timing the ball perfectly and is really a TREAT to watch.