Usual suspects on top, while RR and RCB leapfrog playoff contenders
Chennai Super Kings have already qualified for the playoffs of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and Mumbai Indians as well as Delhi Capitals can follow suit with wins tonight. Here’s our penultimate power rankings heading into the final stages of IPL 2019.
The only team to qualify in each and every season of their participation, CSK became the first franchise to progress to the playoffs this year. MS Dhoni has once again led from the front and the defending champions will be difficult to overcome for whoever the eventual winners may be.
MI will probably seal a playoff spot by next week, if not tonight. The three-time champions have looked good this season and with key players like skipper Rohit Sharma finding form in the right part of the competition; the Paltans going all the way remains a distinct possibility.
Like MI, DC can guarantee qualification over the weekend. The Capitals have looked a completely different team this year and are genuine contenders for the crown. Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan’s form will be key to them, while Kagiso Rabada – the Purple Cap holder – is indispensable to DC right now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore look capable of beating any opposition put in front of them at the moment following a woeful start to the competition. Our biggest movers this week, Virat Kohli’s boys have won four of their last five games and will want to end the tournament on a high, if nothing else.
Rajasthan Royals’ dramatic turnaround seems to have come a little too late to help them seal playoff qualification. Nonetheless, the character demonstrated by them in the latter half of the tournament has been commendable. They’ve won three of their last five games and are one of our gainers this week.
Kings XI Punjab have a chance of making the playoffs, but they are struggling to find any sort of consistency and as a result have fallen both in the points standings as well as our rankings. Their game-changers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul need to step up and be counted before it’s too late.
Sunrisers Hyderabad similarly to KXIP, are struggling to find any sort of consistency to see them through to the playoffs. They can still make the top-four but must produce more cohesive performances as a unit, while also improving their dreadful home form.
After a bright start, Kolkata Knight Riders’ campaign has fizzled out at an alarming rate on the back of six successive losses. Out of the playoffs reckoning and with confidence at an all-time low, Kolkata won’t want things to end this way and will look to win a few of their remaining games to give their fans something to smile about.
Words: Andre Pitts
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