The two-day break the Lok Sabha elections forced on IPL 7 has given teams a chance to regroup and get ready for their final push for the playoffs. Well, except for Delhi Daredevils, who need God to rain fireballs destroying four of the other seven franchises to qualify.
Working from the bottom of the current points table to the top, we break down what has to happen over the final week of the season for each of the other seven teams to keep playing once the regular season is over.
Need divine intervention (see above). In other words, no chance.
Matches against: Rajasthan/Delhi/Punjab/Rajasthan
They have to win their last four games, including two against Rajasthan Royals, which would take them to 14 points.
Then they need Punjab Kings XI to beat Rajasthan, which would leave Rajasthan also on 14 points, and hope to have a better run-rate. At the same time, they will need Hyderabad and Bangalore to win no more than three of their remaining four games and hope to have a better run-rate than either of those two teams as they will all be tied on 14 points.
Or they need Kolkata Knight Riders to lose three of their last four remaining matches, Bangalore to lose two matches and Hyderabad one while hoping for a better net run-rate than Hyderabad. Or for Bangalore to lose at least one match, Hyderabad two and then hope to have a better net run-rate than Bangalore.
In other words, Mumbai have only a mathematical miracle’s chance of qualifying.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Matches against: Chennai/Hyderabad/Kolkata/Chennai
If they win all four remaining matches and Rajasthan lose their three remaining matches, Bangalore will go through. Or they win all four of their matches and hope to edge out Kolkata Knight Riders on net run-rate if KKR win their other three matches.
Matches against: Kolkata/Bangalore/Chennai/Kolkata
Winning all four of their games will lift them above Kolkata and Bangalore in the points table and into fourth place.
If they lose one of their two games to Kolkata whle winning the other three, they can still qualify if Rajasthan fail to win another game or Kolkata lose two of their three oher games and Hyderabad has a better net run-rate than both, as well as Bangalore, provided Bangalore win win three of their four games.
Matches against: Mumbai/Punjab/Mumbai
Two wins from three games will see them safely through. One win could also be enough if either Bangalore or Hyderabad fail to win all their remaining four games. Even if RCB and Sunrisers run the table from here, Rajasthan can still go through with a better net run-rate as they will all be tied on 16 points.
Chennai Super Kings
Matches against: Bangalore/Kolkata/Hyderabad/Bangalore
One win from four games is all they need.
Kings XI Punjab
Matches against: Delhi/Mumbai/Rajasthan/Delhi
See Chennai Super Kings.
Updated Date: May 17, 2014 18:56 PM