RCB soar up charts as race for playoffs spot gets tight

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 16, 2015 13:11 IST

The top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 table is chock-a-block with teams breathing down each other's neck. It's just four league matches to go before the playoffs and the much-sought-after berths are still up for grabs.

After Royal Challengers Bangalore's thrilling win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 15, the top six teams are separated by just two points. After a difficult start to the tournament, RCB — after the arrival of Mitchell Starc — have hit their stride.

The win over SRH has taken them to number two on the points table, behind Chennai Super Kings and above Kolkata Knight Riders. SRH are ranked number 4.

Mumbai Indians (MI) had made matters exciting on Thursday night by edging defending champions KKR in a thriller.

Staying on course for the playoffs, Mumbai took their points tally to 14 with one last away game against SRH on May 17, while Kolkata have 15 points with one match in hand against Rajasthan Royals (RR) to be played at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium on May 16.

KKR will now have to win against the Royals (14 points in 13 matches) in their last league match to earn a place in the playoffs with ease -- without depending on the performance of other teams.

Kolkata skipper Gautam Gambhir knows that. "Nothing comes easy for KKR. We've always had to work hard and scrape through, I hope we get our number one game for the 16th," he said after the match that saw Mumbai's Hardik Pandya blasting an unbeaten 61 to sink the KKR ship.

On the other hand, if Rajasthan lose the match, they will be out of the tournament.

Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are the only two sides which do not have any chance of making it to the playoffs.

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