As we head towards the playoffs of VIVO IPL Season 12, the league is turning out to be very exhilarating, with just three days left for the league stage to conclude, still its seeming hard to predict the fourth team that will qualify for the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have already sealed their places in the playoffs whereas other than RCB the remaining 4 are still alive and struggling for a place into the playoffs.
Four teams one place, who’s gonna make it
With Australian and English players leaving their respective sides in middle of the tournament for their national duties some sides are now showing signs of difficult times.
The sides that seems to be unaffected due to this are CSK and DC mainly because of their major reliance on domestic players which will even going to benefit them in the playoffs. Whereas SRH and RR who were majorly relying on their overseas players seemed liked to trouble them much. But of these two team RR has bounced back even better than they were performing earlier with their remaining players and are currently placed at 5th position as their middle muddle seems like it is solved, bowlers have done well in previous matches which was major weakness during their initial matches. And SRH on the other hand has totally lost their momentum as their both the run getters are no more available, just the thing that has gone their way is Manish Pandey’s comeback who is seeming now like a lone ranger but not enough to sail their side towards the other end.
KKR and KXIP are the other two teams along with RR and SRH in the race for the playoffs, who are in do or die situations, these two team despite of a dream start to the season are now just crawling in the race, due continual losses. Now these two sides appear like to be having dismal chances for a place in the top four. Both sides have failed to decode their issues as both of them are struggling with a slow pace of runs in middle order and their middle order crumble. But as we all now its IPL the home of miracles and we might even witness for the first time in the history of IPL a team with 12 or 13 points qualifying for the playoffs which never appeared to be realistic any time before.