Sunday, May 17, 2009

Probable Semi Finalists of IPL 2009

IPL 2009 is gradually coming to its end. The group stage is about to finish. However, it is not yet confirmed who are going to fill in the last four of the tournament. Unlike last year, there are a number of teams who can make it to the semi final, and literally there is no team who could ensure their spot in the last four yet. First of all, Kolkata Knight Riders are already with just 1 win from 12 games. Even the seventh placed Mumbai Indians are not yet literally out of semi final contention, but it is pretty much understandable that Mumbai Indians are now almost out of the semi final.

So, there are six teams left in the semi final contention and all of these teams have chances to progress to the semi final of IPL 2009. Delhi Daredevils is currently leading the point table with 16 points from 11 matches. Sehwag boys now need only 1 win from their 3 remaining matches. Chennai Super Kings have 15 points from 12 games, and thus, needing another victory from their last two games to ensure their semi final progress. Deccan Chargers have 14 points in 12 games and they could also ensure their semi final spot by winning another match in their last two games. To be honest, Delhi, Chennai and Deccan seem to be very favorites to reach the semi final. In fact, these 3 teams have already made a step in their semi final entrance.

The competition for the fourth spot will be among three teams: Rajasthan Royals, Bangalore Royal Challengers and Kings XI Punjab. All the three teams have 2 games for each in hand. Rajasthan currently secures the 4th place in the point table with 13 points, while Bangalore and Punjab shares 12 points each. Interestingly, the difference in the run rate of the three teams is also very slim, and thus, making the competition stiffer. So, it seems that the semi final race of IPL 2009 has been pretty much interesting and I hope to see some exciting group stage matches in the next few days.


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