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IPL 2017: What teams need to do to qualify for playoffs - the thrilling endgame

Will Sunrisers Hyderabad keep the IPL trophy they won in 2016? Can former champions Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders win IPL 2017 again? Will Delhi Daredevils stage a dramatic turnaround to make the IPL playoffs? The possibilities are many

ipl 2017 Updated: May 03, 2017 16:01 IST
HT Correspondent
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner carries the trophy during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 5, 2017.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner carries the trophy during the opening ceremony of the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on April 5, 2017. (AFP)

It’s the business end of Indian Premier League season 10 and teams are making a dash to qualify for the IPL 2017 play-offs. (ALL RESULTS | POINTS TABLE)

Delhi Daredevils upset defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on Tuesday to keep their fading hopes alive while Royal Challengers Bangalore can upset a few calculations. (SCHEDULE)

Royal Challengers Bangalore, last year’s IPL finalist, are out of the reckoning. They have five points after 11 matches -- a team plays 14 till the last-four stage -- and Virat Kohli’s team has been the biggest disappointment of the IPL 2017.

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty takes a selfie with the IPL 2017 trophy during a promotional event at at Millennium Park in Kolkata recently (PTI)

Mumbai Indians, the team in good form, need just one win to make the last-four stage. More wins will place them in a better position in the playoffs. MI have won the IPL twice and Rohit Sharma’s team looks good for a third.

Here’s a look at the multiple equations and what teams need to do enter the playoffs.

Need to win
16
Points
MUMBAI
INDIANS



Need to win 1
What must they do: If they win three, they are assured of a top-two finish which will give them two chances in the playoffs.
4 Matches remaining vs Delhi Daredevils (May 6), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 8), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 11), vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 13)
14
Points
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS


Need to win 2
What must they do: If they win one, KKR might still be safe because of good net run rate.
4 Matches remaining vs Rising Pune Supergiant (May 3), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 7), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 9), vs Mumbai Indians (May 13)
13
Points
SUNRISERS
HYDERABAD



Need to win 2
What must they do: If they lose all four, then they must hope Gujarat do not win all four and KXIP win only two out of five games.
3 Matches remaining vs Rising Pune Supergiant (May 6), vs Mumbai Indians (May 8), vs Gujarat Lions (May 13)
12
Points
RISING PUNE
SUPERGIANT



Need to win 2
What must they do: Rising Pune Supergiant need to win two out of the remaining four games.
4 Matches remaining vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 3), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 6), vs Delhi Daredevils (May 12), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 14)
8
Points
KINGS XI
PUNJAB



Need to win 4
What must they do: They will be hoping that Hyderabad lose their remaining games while Pune Supergiant lose three out of four games.
5 Matches remaining vs Royal Challengers (May 5), vs Gujarat Lions (May 7), vs Knight Riders (May 9), vs Mumbai Indians (May 11), vs Pune Supergiant (May 14)
6
Points
GUJARAT
LIONS



Need to win 4
What must they do: If they lose one, Gujarat must hope Pune lose all their remaining games and KXIP do not win more than two games.
4 Matches remaining vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 3), vs Delhi Daredevils (May 4), vs Kings XI Punjab (May 7), vs Delhi Daredevils (May 10), vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (May 13)
DELHI DAREDEVILS
6
Points


Need to win 5
What must they do: If Daredevils win all their remaining five games, they go to 16 points. They must hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad win only one out of four games while Pune Supergiant lose three out of four games. If Daredevils lose any game, they will have to hope that Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions lose all their remaining games.
5 Matches remaining vs Gujarat Lions (May 4), vs Mumbai Indians (May 6), vs Gujarat Lions (May 10), vs Rising Pune Supergiant (May 12), vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 14)
Graphics: Hitesh Mathur