IPL 2011: Race For The Top 4




IPL Playoffs

IPL Playoffs

The IPL 2011 after a month long progress is at its business end with no clear idea on which of the top 4 will enter the play-offs though Mumbai, Chennai and KKR are emerging as the strong contenders for the top 3 spots. Here is a look at the various scenarios, team wise and how they can enter the play-offs.

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Deccan Chargers – the only team who are running in the wrong path and are now officially eliminated from the IPL 2011 but still can play the role of “party pooper” and hamper the chances of the other teams.

Mumbai Indians – they have to lose 3 games that are remaining to officially eliminate themselves from the playoffs which look a more of impossibility. To eliminate MI from IPL other teams have to win the rest of the games so that run rate does not come into picture. Mumbai need to win only one game to get ready for the play – offs.

Chennai Super Kings – are looking pretty to end up in the last four and would ideally like to win the next 2 games out of 3 to get a thumping entry into the play – offs which looks almost a certainty as they will take on depleted Delhi Daredevils at their den. If they end up with 16 points (losing the 2 out 3 in the games remaining, then they might have to fight for the top 4 place based on run rate).

Kolkata Knight Riders – are featured to battle against MI and Bangalore in the 2 of the 3 remaining matches and would ideally like to win against both of them to emerge as toppers. They are also similar to CSK in terms of points but would like to end up on a winning note and qualify rather than on the basis of run rate.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – they have a tricky situation to handle as they had a game washed out and obtained a solitary point. They might end up in the last four due to the odd number of favorites and are looking a complete team after the influence of Gayle.

Rajasthan Royals – would ideally like to win the next 3 games and make it to the play – offs as they are low on run rate. Hence they will bank on their home game and conditions to win against RCB.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala – the chances of them are dependent on the Chennai and KKR and Kochi has to win the next 3 games with a huge net run rate so that they are in contention.

Kings XI Punjab – are in contention as they have played less number of games. They would ideally like to win the 4 games and make it to 16 points. Winning all 4 will eliminate the top teams and make them a contender which looks a remote possibility.

Pune Warriors India – there is a remote chance for them to qualify as their net run rate is not that worse when compared to Kochi but they have to depend on the success or failure of other teams which is more farfetched.

Delhi Daredevils – have to win all 3 games by huge margins and hope for Chennai of KKR to lose the remaining 3 games. But without Sehwag they will find it very tough to make into the last 4.

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