It is good for Indian Premier League as a competition that majority of teams are still in contention for a spot in playoffs. Out of eight teams, Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab are the ones out of the race. Also Check- IPL 2016- Full Coverage
And teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions and Mumbai Indians can advance to second round of the tournament. Also Check- IPL 2016 Points Table
After 50 matches, none of the teams have booked a place in playoffs yet. However, table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad are in better position than rest and are almost close to sealing their place.
Here we take a look at qualification scenarios for playoffs and how different teams can make it to the final four.
The David Warner-led side is currently on top of the points table with eight wins from 12 matches. Sunrisers have two matches left and a win in at least one of them will take the team through. However, if SRH fails to win both of its remaining matches, they can be eliminated provided their Net Run Rate gets affected badly.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Unbeaten in last three matches, RCB, currently second on the points table, need to win their last game against Delhi Daredevils to qualify. If, in case, RCB loses then they will stay on 14 points and will have to depend on other results to go through. The Virat Kohli-led side has the healthiest Net Run Rate at the moment, a bonus for them.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The two-time champions are currently third on the points table with 14 points. KKR have two matches left and if they win both there is a good chance that Gautam Gambhir-led side will finish in top two. And if KKR loses both its remaining games it will come down to Net Run Rate. In case KKR wins just one match, they will go through, but will not be able to finish in the top two.
After a good start, Gujarat Lions have lost their way somewhat. However, with two matches left the team can still bounce back and make it to the final four. If they win one or lose both their games chances for qualification depends on other results then.
Like last year, Mumbai Indians find themselves once again in a do or die situation. The defending champions need a big win to remain in contention. Otherwise, they will have to depend on many other results to go their way, which looks tight.
Mid-season, Daredevils were nicely placed. However, with subsequent matches the team lost its way. Now even if Daredevils win its remaining two games, it won’t be enough for a place in playoffs, unless they improve on the Net Run Rate. In case of DD winning just one match they will end up with 14 points and if other results go in their favour, they will need a better Net Run Rate to go through. Defeat in both the fixtures means the end of the tournament for them.