May 22, 2008

A Clear Perspective Of Semi-Final Birth

Posted in IPL tagged , , , , , , , at 10:38 pm by techtwist

Today’s game between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkatta Knight Riders has been washed out due to rain and so are Kolkatta’s hopes of a semi-final berth. In my previous post, I’d spoken about a five way race for three spots. Now it boils down to a four way race. Kolkatta Knight Riders ( If they win the next one ) have to hope that Delhi Daredevils suffer a huge defeat in their last game of the season so that they lose their spot due to net run-rate which I think is improbable. Rajasthan Royals and King’s XI Punjab are through for sure. So it comes down to Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils for two available spots.

It should be bread and butter for Chennai Super Kings if they manage just one win in the two games that they have. Delhi Daredevils have to ensure that they win the next one and then keep hoping that Mumbai Indians lose two of their three matches in the last phase to go through to the Semi-Finals. But favouring the sides based on their current position, I’d expect Mumbai Indians to go through to the next round leaving out Delhi Daredevils. So my take on the final four will be :

  • Rajasthan Royals
  • King’s XI Punjab
  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Mumbai Indians

This should make for an interesting contest for this inaugral edition of the IPL.

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