IPL 4 | A twist in the fairy tale

MI have led the points table for almost all of the tournament, until today when they found themselves loosing 2 matches in succession (first time this season) and in the process they are stranded on 3rd position and still not qualified.

I posted a few days back some of the very interesting matches and how the tables stand, and a lot of those permutations are coming alive. Top 4 teams have all played 12 matches and standings are RCB, CSK, MI and KKR with RCB clear by 1 point (17 points); CSK and MI tied on 16 and KKR behind by 2 points on 14. KKR have bigger worries – KXIP winning all matches and tying on 16 points or maybe overtake them.

With the following matches that can change the course of playoffs it is open table for RCB, MI and CSK.

  • 5/15: KXIP vs. DD
  • 5/17: RCB vs. KXIP
  • 5/18: CSK vs. KTK
  • 5/19: PW vs. KKR
  • 5/20: MI vs. RR
  • 5/22: RCB vs. CSK
  • 5/22: KKR vs. MI

But the matches RCB has against KKR and CSK are the most important. I still do not have all of KXIP’s matches because I still feel they will loose their next match against RCB and then it will back to these 4. Also, the match against KKR and MI being the last one in this set may hold a huge bearing on the end and also knowing where they will be at that point.

This is getting more interesting; will MI or CSK have a fairy ending tale??

IPL4 – RCB is a force to reckon

So with today’s win RCB move to 2nd spot and equals MI and RR with the most consecutive wins in IPL.

The top 4 teams have now played 11 matches and the standings are MI, RCB, CSK and KKR. With 3 matches to play, and separated by just 2 points (MI: 16, RCB: 15, and CSK/KKR: 14); they are playing for top 2 positions. In terms of matches RCB has the most difficult of matches and also the ones that will decide where they finish compared to CSK and KKR. Also, it will be a real test of their mettle against those teams.

The matches that I am waiting for that will decide the fate of playoffs and will also tell us in a way who may win the IPL 4 are:

  • 5/12: CSK vs. DD
  • 5/14: RCB vs. KKR
  • 5/14: MI vs. DC
  • 5/17: RCB vs. KXIP
  • 5/18: CSK vs. KTK
  • 5/19: PW vs. KKR
  • 5/20: MI vs. RR
  • 5/22: RCB vs. CSK
  • 5/22: KKR vs. MI

IPL 4 – First crash out

Today when Pune Warriors lost to Mumbai by 21 runs, they became the first team in this season to crash out with Delhi, Deccan and Kochi at their heels. After the loss today, they have 5 remaining matches and they need to win all 5 to have any chance. 5 wins from here will take them to 14 points which will see them short of qualifying any ways. Mumbai are already on 14 followed by Kolkota and Chennai on 12 and Rajasthan on 11.

All Pune can do is to make IPL more interesting. They will play Deccan (twice), Kolkota, Punjab and Delhi in their last 5 matches and their wins and Punjab and Kolkata can make the race to top 2 positions very interesting.

Kochi and Delhi have their matches tomorrow – KTK vs. KKR and DD vs. DC. Tomorrow will decide who is the 2nd team to crash out or maybe two of them. Delhi and Deccan have 5 to play and have 3 wins. They need all 5 wins to reach 16 which gives them a fighting chance. The one to loose tomorrow will join Pune in the position where the maximum points they can get is 14 which is not good enough.

But for KKR it is a big day – if they loose they will relinquish their 2nd spot to CSK and loose that prime position with Playoff Qualifier 1.

Big day tomorrow 🙂