The IPL is approaching its business end. Yet, we are searching for the team No.3 and 4 to qualify for the playoffs. The Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians seem to be very much in the hunt.
The chances of the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI look bleak because of poor net run rate. While the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Chennai Super Kings are already through, Delhi are out of the race.
Let us analyze the cases of the Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians and ascertain their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knights are sitting pretty at No.3 on the points table with 14 points after their victory against the Royals in their last home game. Now, all they have to do is beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the net run rate will not be a worry.
The win against the RR was not just a win but a morale boost. Spinners came to the party and Kuldeep brought about the Royals' batting collapse single-handedly to seal the deal.
About KKR's next game
The Knight Riders face the Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 19. Just like the Sunrisers, the Knights too boast about a mighty spin-bowling attack with the likes of Kuldeep, Narine, and Chawala. The conditions at Hyderabad are likely to assist the KKR spin-trio.
Also, the Sunrisers have gone off the boil in the last 2 games after a dream run in the early stages of the tournament. Considering this, the KKR could not have asked for anything better going into the last game.