IPL 3: Who all can still Qualify..


Based on today’s matches, the Semi-finals have almost been decided. Slight amount of drama still remains in the draw, but that should be over and done with once tomorrow’s matches pan out.

The points table at the moment looks like this:

Tomorrow’s matches:

  • CSK vs KXIP
  • DD vs DC

So unlike last time, there are only 2 scenarios here, and they depend on CSK’s performance.

If CSK win:

Owing to their superior run rate, which will only improve after the match, CSK will be ahead of RCB(how they will be ruing their performance against MI). It is unlikely that KKR, even if they win against MI, will be able to pull their run-rate and make it better than RCB. So, almost certainly, CSK will take the 3rd position and RCB, 4th position(something that was unthinkable just a few days ago :D) with MI assured of 1st position. That brings us to the match between DD and DC. It will become a virtual knockout, with the winner taking the 2nd position and thus avoid playing red-hot MI in the semi-finals.

so the semi-finals line up will look something like this:

MI vs RCB (what most of my friends wanted since the semi-finals are at Bangalore, but after today’s bomb scare, there are talks of shifting the semi-final out of Bangalore, which though a tad unfair is in a way, inevitable)


However if CSK lose:

They will be out of the competition(will fail to reach the semi-finals for the first time, something Dhoni will not really like). The winner of the match between DC and DD will take the no.2 position in the table. Meanwhile KKR will get a new lease of life. If they win against MI, they will be on equal points with loser of [DC vs DD] and NRR will decide who takes the 4th spot. RCB, owing to their superior NRR(which is unlikely to be toppled) will take the 3rd position with MI retaining their pole position. So now the semi-finals line up will look something like this:

for simplification, assuming DD will beat DC(my bias talking here.. :D)




I have been working on this for 2 days now, and it was only after yesterday night’s results, that things became a little more clear. The table has a really complicated look to it, complicated enough for some people in my office to start a theory of “Match Fixing”. According to these highly-intellectual cricket loving mortals, all the matches have been fixed and the top 4 has already been decided. But all the twists and turns have been brought in, only to make it look really close and unsuspecting. I am totally against this ghastly theory, for I cannot believe senior players like Kumble, Dravid, Sachin etc throwing matches, not even in my dreams. However it is really peculiar that the table sits the way it does at the moment with all teams having some mathematical chance of making it through to the semi-finals. Let us now take a look at how teams can qualify for the semi-finals.

Mumbai Indians are already through and they have done it in style by sealing their no.1 position with 2 matches still left in their itinerary. Let us start with the team lying at the bottom, Kings XI Punjab(KXIP). It is hard to believe that a team that has lost 8 out of the 12 matches played so far, still has a mathematical chance of qualifying for the knock-out round. But that is how things are at the moment.

Blue – Win/Loss Β Red – Loss Green – Win (1 and 2 indicate the order in which teams play each other e.g, KXIP will play DC first and then CSK)

  1. For KXIP to go through, the first thing that they will need to do is win both their matches, albeit against strong oppositions of Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Deccan Chargers(DC), and take their tally to 12.
  2. The other important event would be Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) defeating Rajasthan Royals(RR), which is totally possible considering the fact that KKR would be playing at home and RR would have been totally demoralised after the crushing defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB).
  3. Then Delhi Daredevils(DD) will need to beat both CSK and DC.

If these 3 things happen, it will be a shoot-out between 5 teams for the 4th spot and that too will only be decided on NRR-net run rate. However, the probability of all the 3 things happening is very low and so are KXIP’s chances of proceeding to the semi-finals.

Now let us talk about Kolkata Knight Riders:

Things are not as bad as SRK might think. But it is crunch time for KKR and they really need to execute their plans to perfection. Go home to Eden, and win your remaining 2 matches, taking your tally to 14. The match between KKR and RR is a virtual quarter-final. Whoever loses that, is definitely out, unless there is the KXIP scenario which we talked about earlier. So if KKR have to qualify:

  1. They need to beat RR and then MI
  2. DD don’t lose both their matches(against CSK and DC)
  3. RCB loses its final match against MI.

If condition 1 is true, and any one condition out of 2 or 3 is true, KKR will be definitely in the race for a spot in the semi-finals. But that race will only be determined by.. that dreaded term for IPL franchisees, “NRR”.

Here are some of the scenarios:

Moving onto Rajasthan Royals:

RR have been a blow-hot blow-cold kind of a team, which has been typical of the team ever since their victory in IPL’08. For them to qualify, they will again have to rely on NRR. Their conditions are exactly the same with what KKR have.

  1. Defeat KKR in their last league match.
  2. Hope DD don’t lose both their league matches.
  3. RCB lose their last league match.

Condition 1 is absolutely mandatory, together with a combination of either of the condition no.2/3 will provide RR with a chance to contest for a spot in the semi-finals.

Here is one of the scenarios:

These were the more trickier of the P&Cs. For Rest of the teams, the equation is simpler. Win your remaining games and you shall have your fate in your own hands. RCB, DD, DC and CSK all have to do this to ensure a sure-shot place in the semi-finals without having to rely on the tricky NRR situation.

Now RCB have their last league match against MI(Home)

DD have 2 games against CSK(away) and DC(Home).

CSK have 2 games against DD(Home) and KXIP(Away)

DC have 2 games against KXIP(adopted home) and DD(Away)

All these matches will be very competitive and high-pressure games. It is really difficult to point out who will come up trumps in these games, given the nature of the tournament so far.

Everything said and done, my final Top 4 would look like:

  1. MI(obvious)
  2. RCB
  3. CSK
  4. DD(probably on NRR)

This is totally my opinion and the analysis done above might have its flaws, but given the clamor and confusion regarding who all can qualify, I have tried to make it a little simpler for people when they discuss this heated topic in their respective offices πŸ˜€


15 thoughts on “IPL 3: Who all can still Qualify..

    • ya they can.. RCB should lose to MI.. CSK and DC should beat both DD and KXIP and KKR should beat RR.. Then RCB can become 4th on NRR.. πŸ˜€ Easy right..!!

    • Thanks Sirjee.. Itni Meherbani ki aapne aapna kimti waqt zaaya kiya isse padhne main.. Agar pata hi tha sab kuch, to pehle hi bata dete.. Itni mehnat nahi karni padti mujhe.. πŸ˜€

      • aisi baat nahi hai… tumne apna keemti waqt zaya kia aur itna acha post likha toh maine socha ki tumhe bata doon ki maine pdha hai..

  1. Great job man !!! my first choice team is dd nd then csk !!! But as far as some fixing rumours go ……i wanted to ask u if there is any possibility for kkr cmg 2nd or 3rd in the table so that they dnt play mi in semis …??

    • It could come 2nd or 3rd. But that is totally dependent on NRR. If KKR manage to win their 2 games and DD manage to win one of their two remaining games, then based on NRR KKr can definitely manage to come 2nd or 3rd and avoid playing MI in the semi-finals. But thats a long shot at the moment.

  2. the following gives much better of what each team needs to do yo win . read this.

    The equation is complicated for Rajasthan as even a win in their final match won’t assure them of qualification Β© Indian Premier League

    Related LinksSeries/Tournaments: Indian Premier League
    Teams: Chennai Super Kings | Deccan Chargers | Delhi Daredevils | India | Kings XI Punjab | Kolkata Knight Riders | Rajasthan Royals | Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Mumbai Indians: Already through to the semi-finals

    Royal Challengers Bangalore: Bangalore’s win against Rajasthan, and their high net run rate, means they’re almost certainly through to the next stage. Their worst case scenario will be losing to Mumbai, and if other results follow a pattern, there could be five teams tied on 14 points, fighting for three places. Even then, it’s extremely difficult to imagine Bangalore’s net run rate not being among the top three out of those five.

    Chennai Super Kings: A win in one of their next two matches will almost certainly see Chennai through to the semis, since their net run rate is so high. If they lose both, though, they’ll be on a sticky wicket, and will need to depend on other results: Deccan will have to lose both their matches, while Kolkata will need to beat Rajasthan but lose to Mumbai. In that case, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore will be through, while four teams – Deccan, Chennai, Kolkata and Rajasthan – will be stuck on 12 points each. The team with the highest net run rate will make the cut, which will give Chennai a decent chance, though two defeats will mean their NRR will come down from its current high.

    Delhi Daredevils: Delhi’s net run rate isn’t as good as Bangalore’s or Chennai’s, which is why they’ll need to win both their matches (or win at least one very convincingly) to assure themselves of qualification. Even if they beat Chennai, a loss in the last game against Deccan could make things difficult for them. If Deccan win their last two they’ll move to 16, and there could be a scenario where Delhi are tied on 14 and fighting for one of the last two spots with Bangalore, Chennai and Rajasthan (or Kolkata). Both Bangalore and Chennai currently have a much better NRR than Delhi, and hence the worry for Delhi.

    Rajasthan Royals: Even a win in their final match, against Kolkata, won’t assure them of qualification, as there could be a scenario with five teams – Rajasthan, Chennai, Bangalore, Deccan and Delhi – being tied on 14, fighting for three places. Rajasthan’s NRR of -0.421 puts them at a distinct disadvantage. Their best case will be if they beat Kolkata, and the following happens: Delhi win their last two matches, while Chennai and Deccan lose theirs. Then Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan will go through without NRR coming into play.

    Even if Rajasthan lose their last match they could be fighting for the last place if Delhi win their last two, while Deccan and Chennai lose theirs, and if Kolkata lose to Mumbai. Then, Deccan, Chennai, Kolkata, Rajasthan and Punjab will all have 12 points, and NRR will decide the final slot.

    Deccan Chargers: Deccan’s poor NRR means they’ll need to win their last two to feel comfortable about qualification. If they win only one, they’ll want to get through on points, so that NRR don’t come into play. That’s possible if Delhi win their last two, while Chennai and Rajasthan lose their remaining games, and if Kolkata lose to Mumbai. Then Mumbai, Delhi, Deccan and Bangalore will go through on points.

    Kolkata Knight Riders: Like Deccan, they’ll want the semi-final slots to be decided on points, not NRR, since they’re languishing at -0.632. Kolkata’s best chance is for Delhi to win their last two and for Chennai and Deccan to lose theirs. Then, if Kolkata win both their games, they’ll be through on points with Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.

    Kings XI Punjab: Their only chance, a very remote one, is to fight for the last slot on NRR. Refer second paragraph for Rajasthan Royals.

  3. Nice article!! Just what I was hoping you would do… Thanks a lot man! You put a lot of what I was trying to mentally solve onto paper..well, digital paper..

  4. Dude, you are good with these analysis. Appreciate that. Interesting Read.

    2 matches that will decide the top 4 are : MI Vs CSK & DD Vs DC
    I just hope CSK and DD win in those two fixtures.

    That way my top 4 would be (my gut feeling, no analysis involved at all ;-)) :

    These actually are the 4 best teams on paper as well and we can look forward to some nail biting Semis in “Namma Banagaluru”. πŸ™‚

  5. Dude, brilliantly done. A comprehensive listing of all the possibilities. This must have been really really challenging!! Just praying that KKR makes it through (although the chances are very very slim as per your analysis)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s