We have top 4 teams of IPL 10 finally even when one game is left. The last game is between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalaore. Both of the team are out of the play-offs contention. As Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Kings XI Punjab in the penultimate match of the league stage, we have our final four contenders playing for the final. The top four team are Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mumbai Indians played brilliantly in IPL 10 right from the start unlike the past season. They won 10 of the 14 matches they played. They ended the season with 20 points and net tun rate of +0.784. They wil play the first qualifier against Rising Pune Supergiant on 16th May. Nitish Rana was the highlight for them in the league stage.
Rising Pune Supergiant fumbled initially; however, they regrouped and ended the season at the second place on the points table. They won 9 out of 14 matches they played. They lost 5 matches and ended with 18 points. Their net run rate was +0.176. Ben Stokes played superbly for Rising Pune Supergiant; however, he will not be available after the league matches.
Sunrisers Hyderabad had the perfect start in IPL 10 and won the first two matches. Throughout the tournament they won some matches and then lost some. At one point of time there were possibilities that they may not qualify for the play-offs. The team came good at the right time and won their last match against Gujarat Lions emphatically and qualified for play-offs. Sunriser Hyderabad won 8 of 14 matches. They lost 5 matches while 1 match was abandoned due to rain. They ended on the third spot with 17 points and net run rate of +0.599.
Kolkata Knight Riders started very well and out 5 of the first 7 matches. Their campaign fumbled in the second half of their schedule. They lost 4 of the last 7 matches. In total they won 8 matches out of 14 matches they played. They ended at fourth spot with 16 points and net run rate of +0.641. They had a few batting failures in the last round and skipper Gautam Gambhir would like his teammates to not repeat the mistakes.
First match of the play-offs (Qualifier 1) will be played between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant on 16th May. Seccond match of the play-offs (Eliminator) will be played the next day on 17th May. Qualifier 2 will be played on May 19th between loser of the Qualified 1 and winner of Eliminator. Final will be played between May 21 between winner of Qualifier 1 and Qualifier 2.
Let’s hope the play-offs and finals lives up to expectations. Share your thoughts in the comments section.