Indian Premier League playoff race still wide open
The playoffs for the Indian Premier League are fast approaching, and there is still everything to play for. Two of the league's nine clubs will not be participating in this year's postseason, but the remaining seven are separated by just four points.
Delhi Daredevils split its last two matches, but that was good enough to put the team back in the drivers seat with three matches remaining. Delhi posted a 193/1 against Deccan, which was more than enough to overwhelm the Chargers' 187/4. However, the team received a reality check against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi was held to a 114/5, which was easily overcome by Chennai's 115/1 after only 15.2 overs.
The Super Kings kept the late-season run going, as the team scored 127/6, which was enough to defeat Rajasthan Royals' 126/6 after 18.1 overs. Chennai again won against Kolkata Knight Riders, posting a score of 160/5, which was just enough to squeak by Kolkata's 158/6.
Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore each won once in their two recent matchups. In the first fixture, Mumbai was beaten after 18 overs, as its 141/6 was not enough to hold off Bangalore's powerful bats. However, the team got its revenge in the second match, as its 173/5 was enough to get past Royal Challengers' score of 171/6.
Currently, Delhi and Mumbai are level on 18 points, with the former leading on net run rate. Kolkata and Chennai currently hold the final two playoff spots with 17 points apiece. However, Royal Challengers is within striking distance, as it is two points adrift with two matches to go. Both Rajasthan and Kings XI Punjab have everything still to play for, as both teams have 14 points. Both Deccan and PWI are mathematically eliminated from making the playoffs, as both have experienced a dreadful run of form.
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