Qualification scenarios for IPL 2013

Seven teams, four slots

As we go into the last week of the league games of IPL 2013, seven teams have a mathematical chance of making the last four. Here's what each of those teams needs to do

S Rajesh

May 13, 2013

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This piece was written before the match on May 13, between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Shane Watson powers a ball during his innings, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2013, Jaipur, May 12, 2013
Royals are almost through to the knockouts after Shane Watson propelled them to victory against Super Kings, but they need one more win to be absolutely certain © BCCI

Chennai Super Kings
Remaining matches: Delhi Daredevils (home), Royal Challengers Bangalore (away)

Chennai Super Kings have been on top of the pack for a while in this tournament, but their comprehensive defeat to Rajasthan Royals means they're no longer clear leaders. One win, though, is all they need to be sure of a place in the last four.

However, if they lose both their matches, Super Kings' passage to the next stage might not be so straightforward. If, for instance, Sunrisers Hyderabad win all their remaining matches and Mumbai Indians win two out of three, both these teams will finish on 22. If Royal Challengers win both as well, then three teams - Super Kings, Royal Challengers and Rajasthan Royals - will be level on 20 points, with only two of them qualifying to the next stage. With all three teams closely bunched together in terms of net run rates, any two could then make the cut.

Through most of the league stage, it seemed almost certain that Super Kings would finish in the top two. However, that's no longer a forgone conclusion: only if they win both their matches will they be certain of a top two finish, for with Royals playing Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, only one of those teams can finish on 24. Super Kings can also finish in the top two with 22 points if other results go their way.

Rajasthan Royals
Remaining matches: Mumbai Indians (away), Sunrisers Hyderabad (away)

Their win against Super Kings has propelled them to 20 points, but they aren't quite in the knockouts yet. If Sunrisers win all their remaining matches, Mumbai Indians win two out three, and Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils, then three teams will be on 22. If Royal Challengers win both their games and Rajasthan Royals lose theirs, then these two teams will both be on 20, with only one spot up for grabs. Their NRRs are currently very close, and if Royals lose two then their rate could easily slip below Royal Challengers'. (Because the teams at the bottom of the table have lost so many matches this season, there's thus a possibility that even ten wins might not be enough for a team to qualify.)

One win, though, will make them a certainty for the last four, and a possible contender for the top two slots. Even 20 points will be enough for them to qualify without NRR coming into play if other results go their way: if, for example, Royal Challengers don't win both their remaining games, they'll definitely finish with less than 20, giving Royals a clear path to the knockout stages.

Mumbai Indians
Remaining matches: Sunrisers Hyderabad (home), Rajasthan Royals (home), Kings XI Punjab (away - Dharamsala)

Mumbai Indians are one of three teams which haven't yet lost a home game, and with two of their three remaining games at the Wankhede Stadium, they'll fancy their chances of not only finishing in the top four, but also among the top two.

Their worst-case scenario is three defeats, which'll keep them at 18. For them to qualify with 18, they'll want other results to go their way. If, for example, Royal Challengers lose their last two, they'll remain at 16 and Mumbai Indians will certainly qualify with 18, without NRR coming into play. If, on the other hand, they achieve their best-case scenario and win all their remaining games, they'll definitely finish among the top two. As with other teams, there's a possibility that 20 points might not be enough. However, their NRR is currently the best among all teams, which could be crucial if they finish level on points with others.

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Remaining matches: Mumbai Indians (away), Rajasthan Royals (home), Kolkata Knight Riders (home)

Sunrisers have been the surprise packet of the tournament, and they're far from done - they're level on points with Royal Challengers with a game in hand. If they achieve the difficult task of beating Mumbai Indians in Mumbai, they'll move past Royal Challengers with 18. Even if they lose that one, Sunrisers will still be in the hunt, especially given they have two home games to follow.

Wins in each of their three remaining games will definitely be enough for Sunrisers, and even two wins should do the trick, though there could be scenarios with five teams on 20 or more points. Though they've won plenty of games, Sunrisers' NRR is clearly the worst among the top teams, which could be a possible drawback if it becomes the deciding factor. That's the reason 16 points will almost certainly not be enough for them.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Remaining matches: Kings XI Punjab (home), Chennai Super Kings (home)

The defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders has pushed them back a bit, but the advantage for Royal Challengers is that both their remaining games are at home, though one of them is against the current leaders. Wins in both their matches should put them in a good position to qualify, but they won't be entirely safe, since five teams can still end with 20 or more points. However, if net run rates come into play, Royal Challengers are comfortably placed since they're well ahead of Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the rate could go up further if they win their last two.

On the other hand, they might have a chance even with two defeats, but for that to happen Sunrisers will have to lose their remaining matches too, so that they stay on 16. In such a case there's a possibility that three, or even four teams - the two mentioned, plus Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab - could be tied on 16 and fighting for the last spot.

If Royal Challengers win one of their remaining two, they'll still be in the mix if other results go their way. If, for example, Sunrisers win no more than one of their remaining games, then Royal Challengers could be better placed given their superior NRR at the moment.

Kings XI Punjab
Remaining matches: Royal Challengers Bangalore (away), Delhi Daredevils (home - Dharamsala), Mumbai Indians (home - Dharamsala)

Despite losing their last two matches, Kings XI Punjab still have an outside chance of making the cut, but only if several results go their way. First of all, they'll have to win all their matches and finish on 16. Since three teams have already gone beyond 16, Kings XI's best case is for those three to win most of their games, and for Sunrisers and Royal Challengers to lose all their remaining matches. Then, up to four teams could be level on 16 points and fighting for a single spot. Obviously Kings XI will also have to win by fairly handsome margins, given that their NRR is currently a not-so-impressive -0.018.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Remaining matches: Pune Warriors (home - Ranchi), Sunrisers Hyderabad (away)

The win against Royal Challengers has kept Knight Riders in the hunt, but for them to progress several results will have to go their way. Like Kings XI, they'll need to win their remaining matches and finish on 16, and then hope that neither of Royal Challengers or Sunrisers win any of their matches. If all those results go their way, then Knight Riders could be in a three- or four-way tie on 16 points, fighting for the last spot on net run rates.

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Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

after MI win and KXIP win, the top three team MI, CSK and RR qualified for play off... The 4th spot: RCB have to win against CSK at HOME(and expect SRH will loss) SRH: need to win both match/ or one match with good run ret/ or RCB must hammered by CKS KXIP: need to win all match KKR: need to win all match with good net run rate:(few possible good result for KKR: 1. RCB hammed my cSK, 2. SRH loss to RR 3. KXIP loss to DD)

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

After today' match if Kings XI register a win against RCB and Sun Risers win both their matches then the top 3 teams and Sun Risers qualify. What a contest even after registering 10 victories MI, CSK, and RR still have an outside chance of being thrown out of the competition. If RCB and Sun Risers lose both their matches and KKR wins both their matches, on net run-rate even KKR has a chance to qualify. KXIP is holding the key as of today. If Gayle power succeeds then its a different story

Posted by ibbani on (May 14, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

RCB will comprehensively on both home games to avoid too many mathematical caluclations for performance analysts :) KKR and KXIp are really not upto the mark to make it to the playoffs. KKR, DD,Pune are the real bad teams in the league so far. Although the points table suggests it, they are still worse than that, due to the worst team combination that they have opted so far.

Posted by cyuvaraja on (May 14, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

After MI victory yesterday, now it almost sure that MI, CSK, and RR will qualify. SR and RCB will have to win both the matches and SR particularly has to win with big margin.

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (May 14, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

RR,MI,CSK - 1 win will guarantee a place in Top 4; RCB,SRH - even 2 wins cannot guarantee a place in Top 4 (& depends on other results). Also, even 2 losses does not mean they exit (& depends on other results) KKR, KXIP - need to win ALL remaining to stand a chance (depending on other results). Both RCB & SRH lose their remaining matches for KKR or KXIP to get a chance.

The last mile of IPL League phase has always been interesting. Made more interesting since last year due to the fight for Top 2 places :-)

Posted by phunny_game on (May 14, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

@vxttemp : Well, a top ranker, be it 2, 3, 4, who is at the top all through the year, but has always failed in the final exams shouldn't really be called a top ranker anyway... Right?... And it seems you are a big fan of Rohit Sharma, but he deserves the bashing. Doesn't matter if you agree or not, but he has done nothing to justify his inclusion in the Indian team... Good players are not created by merely technique, but performance. If IPL is the only criteria, then two years ago, Paul Valthaty was the only one in the world close to Jaques Kallis as an all rounder... But thats not the case. Coming back to the playoffs... We will see what mumbai can do in the playoffs... IMO, maybe enter the CLT20 as the 3rd team, nothing more than that.

Talking about my rank, it was never that good, so considering my rank, i should've probably been supporting KXIP.. but i am not...!!!!

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Ashwin should be dropped. .get saha or anirudha in replace holder with hillfenaus/nannes get albie for morris. .four overs can be managed by raina/jadeja. .Morkel nannes mohiy bravo shud get the 16overs done

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

Can you please update this scenario after Mumbai match?

Posted by VancouverPunekar on (May 13, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

@Bhati Devendra Singh This IPL till now about 75% of the matches are won by the home side.

Posted by Javed_17 on (May 13, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

RCB vs KIXP is the decider of this year's qualification in my opinion. If KIXP lose to RCB both KKR and KIXP are out and surisers chances dim as they face the much tougher rajasthan and KKR. On the other hand RCB loses and it might be lights out for them. In the last game rcb faces CSk which will want to win to avoid the eliminator. I actually think in all scenarios sunrisers are the outside chance(rather than kkr and KIXP) they have 2 opponents who do not want to lose and worse they have a negative NRR

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@phunny_game it is RCB who have 'choked' more often than MI. RR have the WORST away record of any IPL team in its history. MI have been generally pretty good away from home,only this year their away record has faltered. But RR have always been poor away from home after the 1st season which they won.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

It is a situation which every cricketer will love watching what will happen. It is turning to be the best IPL so far.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

@Bhati Devendra Singh CSK did lose 2 games away from home, against MI and RR.

Posted by vxttemp on (May 13, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

@ phunny_game : What you are saying is, a top ranker in a class(not the ranker 1, but 2,3,4) shouldn't pass his examination because they are not able to get to 1, but a mere last ranker who is trying hard should pass and succeed. What was/is your rank in your school/college dude? Also tells me, how we bash Rohit just because of the talent he has but always appreciate the likes of Robin singh though he is limited in his capabilities. By the way, I do respect Robin and at the same time I do like Rohit succeed. After Mark waugh, if anyone is close to him, it should be Rohit.

Posted by ravi2047 on (May 13, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

This article is fully alive still. KKR, KXIP will be licking their lips!

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

I don't know why everyone is talking about the home advantage here. Watson is not playing @ GABBA, so not even a single team has a Home advantage here. Crowd is appreciating every big hit doesn't matter either Miller is hitting the sixes in Bangalore or Kohli is going over the top @ The Wankhede. Biggest example is CSK have never lost game away from Chennai but still securing No 1 slot. RR doesn't have big names in squad but its all about Dravid's Leadership Skill and Blistering Hitting from Watson and Binny. Till the time it's all happening for the teams, they can qualify for the playoffs but if not than Exit gates are always open.

Posted by phunny_game on (May 13, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

Though unlikely, I would not want to see MI in the playoffs... They have been an underachieving team, despite having the best resources... They have been SA of the IPL... Choking as soon as the business end starts... It would be a shame if RR or SRH, having played well above their capabilities even after limited resources, cannot find a spot in the TOP 4... Even RCB have been riding on the shoulders of the Big three...

Posted by green_jelly on (May 13, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

I've been waiting for this - Thanks S. Rajesh!! Don't forget, top 3 qualify for CLT20...

Posted by SudhaMP on (May 13, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Let us see how these teams will be eliminated. KXI & KKR: Either RCB or SRH win one more match. CSK: If they lose all their matches with huge margin, MI wins 2 macthes, SRH wins 2 matches and RCB wins both their matches. MI: If they lose all their matches and RCB wins both their matches & SRH wins atleast 2 matches. RR: If they lose all their matches with huge margin, MI wins 2 macthes, SRH wins 2 matches and RCB wins both their matches. SRH: If they lose all their matches. RCB: If they lose both their matches and SRH winning atleast one match. Or if they lose both their matches with a huge margin and KXIP or KKR win both their's matches with huge margins.

Posted by YogifromNY on (May 13, 2013, 13:52 GMT)

It is too bad that the playoffs and finals are at the two worst grounds in India - Delhi and Kolkata. Lousy, slow, wickets that are the death of good cricket. The qualifying standards for future big games in India should be good, bouncy wickets with good carry on them, which would ensure something equally for skilled bowlers and skilled batters. And venues that attract knowledgeable crowds. That would mean Bangalore's Chinnaswamy, Mumbai's Wankhede, and Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh stadia. Mohali would not qualify because it does not attract good crowds for most games. And it would ensure that grounds like Ahmedabad never get a game, which would not be so bad for Indian cricket! :-)

Posted by couchpundit on (May 13, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

I am CSK supporter... but i dont see them being in top2 for sure. Dhoni is not timing the ball in last few games...doesnt matter he wanted to hit it out of the park or not. Hussey if history is any indication tapers out at business end of the tournament, expect vijay to come up with better performances now on and Ashwin has been the problem this season...not the go to bowler this year... Albie is not in mix of things...and faf seems not to be completely fit... Everything rests on DHONI and SIR Jadeja....

Posted by TheLastJeed on (May 13, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

I wish the author did a thorough job in doing this analysis.

I mean like for RCB, their bowling is so pathetic that even DD managed to get that close to their target.

How are they going to survive against Csk even if they have home advantage?

bring their past IPL records, their impact players, their form at the start to till now.

it gives better look to it.

may be they should have done it in 5 pieces in 5 different articles.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

Atleast one match of RCB will be swept away by rains. this can make or break their chances to play offs

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Sunrisers have the advantage of playing the last match of the IPL with KKR before playoffs, they will know exactly what to do if it comes to runrate

Posted by prasatharun on (May 13, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

@ L1tus on (May 13, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

I hope you are talking abt CSK chances.... If that is the case, Pls read it carefully.... It is Royal Challengers (RCB) not Rajasthan Royals to win both 2 remaining matches

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Chennai Super Kings will certainly qualify for playoffs... They are strong unit. But they will have to be beware of Delhi Daredevils, and certainly yes -Royal Challengers Bangalore in their home.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

@L1tus- The article says Royal Challengers and not RR so the writer has done his work :)

Posted by THEBOSS on (May 13, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

This IPL is going to be a close contest for all the qualifying teams in playoffs..My Playoffs team will be CSK,RR,MI,RCB. SRH will lose against MI and RR and they will only win against KKR,so they wont even qualify for Playoffs.

Coming to Playoffs ...Apart from CSK all the remaining team were thriving with there wins in home advantage condition.example look at RR they have win all the matches @ jaipur but they have manage to win only 2 away matches out of 6 matches they played..Why I am stressing this is..Playoffs and Final are going to be played in Delhi and Eden where nobody has a home advantage....Teams who have win more away matches will definitely hold the advantage.Needless to say neither RCB nor MI will fancy their chances @ Eden/Delhi.

CSK will find itself in top two position and a win could lead them into 5th and 4th straight final and no prizes for guessing who will have advantage..no team wants to face the yellow boys in the Final ...Finally WHISTLEPODU for CSK...

Posted by RottPhiler on (May 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT)

Finally an accurate article regarding qualification scenarios. Good job S Rajesh. Very well written.

I have been following the games with a spread sheet for the past two days, and its a lot of fun to think about the possible scenarios.

If SRH or RCB win one more game, then both KKR and KXP are out, and that could be as early as tonight. Basically assuming everyone wins non-common games, then it comes down to 4 matches - the three way round robin between SRH, MI and RR, and the straight shoot between CSK and RCB to decide the 4 playoff teams.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

CSK, MI will be two top teams, RR & SRH will be 3rd & 4th in d table. RR will be 3rd team foe CL.

Posted by ooper_cut on (May 13, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

CSK, RR. MI, SRH/RCB.. All else can pack their bags. Lol

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 12:07 GMT)

Last year CSK qualified for play off with 16 points..this year Delhi & Pune have made it easier for top 5 teams, Had Delhi or Pune beaten RCB/Hyderabad atleast once things would have been more interesting.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

May 18 will decide the Playoffs ... Both the games are the most important . This could turn out to be the deciding day of IPL 6 :)

Posted by Deepak1239 on (May 13, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

If Sunrisers win todays match that is the end of Kings XI & Knight Riders, as Sunrisers will reach 18 points and even if the other two teams win all three matches they will be only at 16 points.

Posted by L1tus on (May 13, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

How can SRH win all 3 of their matches, RR win all 2 and MI win 2 out of 3 remaining matches? MI play SRH and RR in their next 2 matches, someone has to lose more. Anyone can count the number of points to play for, the reason to read this article was that the author did his due diligence and came up with the correct qualification scenario.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

Last 4 teams: CSK, RR, MI, SRH RR goes straight into finals after 1st playoff. MI & CSK have to fight it out. SRH ends 4th.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

somehow I feel many don't want csk to go forward but Rcb and MI go. let us enjoy cricket and not be partial.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 11:09 GMT)

my guess 1)MI-22 pts 2)rr-22 points 3)csk-22pts 4)srh-18pts

Posted by ravikb on (May 13, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

All the teams led by Indians are going to qualify for the play-offs (Dhoni - CSk, Rohit - MI, Dravid - RR and Kohli - RCB). This happened last year also (Gambhir - KKR, Dhoni - CSK, Sehwag - DD and Harbhajan - MI). Lesson to the IPL team management - make an Indian the captain of your team from next season onwards.

Posted by ravi_hari on (May 13, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

All the teams excepting RR have atleast 1 match at home. It could be a factor when the final tally comes in. Having won 2 away matches, RR will look confident but they are playing two teams who have done extremely well at home this season. However, it will be great to see them beat Mumbai and seal their position in the top 2. I personally feel the top 4 as on today will be the final qualifiers. SRH will loose out on NRR and KKR and KXIP will not have enough to give a fight. At this stage I dont foresee any major upsets like the RCB-KKR type. CSK is on tricky wkt but I am sure will top the table. Interestingly none of the top 4 teams will have home advantage in the playoffs. That makes the battle even, as teams need to play based on their reading of the pitch and conditions and the crowds also will be divided. I think that is the best way to play the play-offs and the finals and teams will not be under undue pressure. It will be great to see an all blue final!

Posted by Baundele on (May 13, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Excellent article. Now Pune and Delhi should be also included in it. Both these teams can still qualify, if the BCCI declares that they will be awarded 5 points for each win in the remaining matches.

Posted by Sukruti on (May 13, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

This article has to be sent to each of the IPL teams captains. Then I am sure they will be confused enough and start playing erratically thinking of other teams rather than their own. Looks like RCB and CSK knew about these scenarios even yesterday before hand. Anyway, let us not take away any credit from RR from yesterday's win. It was an absolute massacre of CSK. In fact CSK told that they received a wake-up call from MI very early otherwise it would be difficult at later stages. But that is what exactly happening. I am not sure how CSK will fare against DD, but it is going to be tough against RCB. They are fierce competitors and the match between them (in Chennai) already reminded of SA Vs AUS semifinal of WC 1999, believe me!

Posted by Aks09 on (May 13, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

It's becoming too difficult for the teams this year.Before IPL started it was assumed that 9 wins and u r in the playoofs bt not after this head spinning scenario

Posted by Azhar..Kazi on (May 13, 2013, 10:03 GMT)

Posting in a table would have made it very clear, if you finish reading about one team and while reading next team's probability, you will forget the previously read..

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Its Only day dream for KXI & KKR for top 4

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

Nice calculations - I thought too CSK had to win the last game against RR to gurantee a spot in the top2 . :(

Posted by rakesh_vedika on (May 13, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

This is clearly one of the best finishes of all the IPL's.. only 2/3 matches are left for teams but still NO TEAM is clear enough to go into playoffs !!!! However the way teams are playing it might be CSK,MI,RR and RCB (ahead of SRH bcz of their NRR and SRH home groud will not produce big score either).. But which teams will occupy the top 2 spots will be very interesting to see.. MI is almost certain to finish in top 2 as they have 2 home games left and 1 away game is against Mohali..

Posted by harry414 on (May 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

My Intuition - SRH and KKR's last league match would decide the top 4.

Posted by mjrvasu on (May 13, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

If CSK continue their casual approach, they have an excellent chance of getting knocked out from qualification. DD has nothing to lose so Sehwag or others may throw the bat at everything and murder CSK bowling, a la Watson. And RCB are more likely to win against CSK at home. They had a bit of bad luck on the last ball in the first game, but that bowler is not seen even on the bench now. I am not betting on CSK to make it to the final frontier.

Posted by sam.sandeep_aryan on (May 13, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

All discussion about 2 K's will be finished if SRH win the match today. Guess 2 K's

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

IPL - Indian Premier League Playoff prediction: 1. Mumbai Indians = 22 points 2. Csk - Chennai Super kings = 22 points 3. Rajesthan Royals = 22 points 4. RCB = 20 points 5. SunRisers Hyderabad = 20 points

#2 and #3 could get swapped depending on how badly CSK loses to RCB (read Chris Gayle)

Guestimate: - MI will lose to SRH but win against RR and KXIP - RR will win against SRH but would lose to MI - CSK would win against DD but lose to RCB - SRH would win against KKR and MI but lose to RR - RCB should win both against KXIP and CSK (tough one!)


Posted by Shaikhzaid on (May 13, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

What about Pune and Delhi

Posted by RAJESRH on (May 13, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Excellent Calculations Bro.

Posted by WasimQureshi on (May 13, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Interesting reading Thanx Rajesh

Posted by KK_Cricket on (May 13, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

So SRH have chance to knock out at least 2 teams from the race if they win against Mumbai tonight.. And RCB will be under real pressure to win tomorrow, which wouldn't go too well with their bowlers at least.. SRH have their future in their hands unlike KXIP/KKR and even RCB for that matter.. And CSK/Royals would be praying for SRH's victory so that they are assured of a place in the Play offs...

Posted by KunzMan on (May 13, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

In short IF Sunrisers beat Mumbai today, it will be a competition between them and RCB for the fourth spot.

Posted by   on (May 13, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

My head started spinning after the first two paras......

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