Why Rajasthan aren't into the semi-finals just yet
With eight wins in ten games, Rajasthan Royals are sitting pretty at the top of the table. In all probability they'll seal a place in the top four, but as things stand after 40 games of the IPL, there's still a chance - however slim - that they won't make the cut. Here's one scenario which explains how they might still miss out on a semi-final slot:
In such a scenario, Mumbai will top the table with 20 points, while Kolkata, Chennai, and Punjab will all be tied on 18. Rajasthan will then slip to a clear fifth place with 16 points, and will be out of the reckoning for a semi-final berth.
Even if the results don't go exactly to plan, there are still possibilities of five teams finishing on 16 or more points, with a couple of them tied on 16. In that case, net run rates will come into the picture to break the deadlock. Also, if Rajasthan beat Mumbai but the other results go according to the scenario above, there'll still be five teams tied on 18 points, again bringing the net run rate into play.
S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo