A break of couple of days due to the election results meant that there were fewer matches in the last week but the points table is at an interesting stage at the moment. Things are well set as we move on to the final matches of the league stage where every match has virtually become a semi-final. Punjab is all set to finish the points table in first position as they hardly seem like losing any match. The addition of Mannan Vohra to the side has been a brilliant move as he came up with a match winning performance against Hyderabad. There is no stopping Punjab from staying at the top of the table at the end of the league.
Chennai Super Kings are a close second and the only team with a chance to challenge Punjab at the top. However, a loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore dented their chances of claiming the first position in the points table. David Hussey made a remarkable entrance in the IPL after being in the commentator’s box for a while. He was put in the middle of things and almost pulled off a win for the Chennai Super Kings. Chennai would be happy to have him as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo and will continue to play him in future matches as well.
Hyderabad is starting to slip towards the bottom half of the table with three losses in three matches. The worst part is that Hyderabad suffered all three losses at their home ground. They only lost one match at home last year but the story has completely changed in this year’s IPL. Hyderabad ha another match at home to get started with a win but then have to perform exceptionally well to win two more away matches. Things look very bleak for the Sunrisers as even a single loss from here on will result in elimination for them.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has done really well after losing a few games in a row. Yuvraj Singh has come back into roaring form and has helped the team to win a couple of matches. Bangalore is one of the favorites along with Kolkata to make it to the play-offs as the fourth team. Both teams play each other at Kolkata which could be the most important match for these two teams. A win for either team in this match could make all the difference between fourth and fifth spot.
Mumbai Indians will have play out their skin and ensure that they do not lose any further match if they want to have a chance at making it to the qualifiers. They have two matches at home so that should certainly be a big help. They are in the bottom half of the table and in the same position as Hyderabad. One loss and they are out of the tournament.
Things are really heating up as far as the competition is concerned since every match has a lot of relevance to it. The result of every match makes a significant chance to the points table so there are bound to be some exciting contests in the last phase of the league matches.