Sunrisers Hyderabad are strong contenders for the IPL 2016 title    AFP
Sunrisers Hyderabad are strong contenders for the IPL 2016 title AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are on the top of the points table of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 with seven wins from 11 matches. They are even with Gujarat Lions with both the sides having 14 points after having played same number of matches in the IPL 2016. The next two spots in the top four have Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders with 12 points after 10 games with four more matches in hand for both the teams. The other sides who could threaten DD and KKR for the playoffs are Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Here is what the teams have to do to make it to the final four: Full Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 43 at Visakhapatnam

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) (14 points, 11 matches):

With three matches to go in the group stage for SRH, the table leaders look comfortable to making it to the playoffs seeing their form. One win from the three matches will also do the job, but to be on the safe side SRH will look to at least seal two matches which will not leave them in a situation where they would have had to depend on the their net run rate. However, after four consecutive wins it was DD who put brakes on the run of David Warner and Co. The Hyderabad skipper is also a stronger contender for the Orange Cap which at present is with RCB s Virat Kohli.

Gujarat Lions (GL) (14 points, 11 matches):

GL are in a similar situation as SRH with three matches to go in the group stage and two wins will seal them a spot in the playoff of IPL 2016. If they win only one and lose the other two, they will have to depend on the net run rate and other team’s results to make it through to the playoffs. GL will have to improve their net run rate, which is in minus at present, in order to afford to lose a match from the three games left.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) (12 points, 10 matches):

With four matches to go, KKR have a high chance of qualifying for the final four. If they win all the left over matches in the group stage, KKR might finish as table toppers or second-placed team in the group stage. If they lose two, things might get a bit tricky for them. If they lose all four, they won’t be able to qualify.

Mumbai Indians (MI) (12 points, 11 matches):

With three matches to go before the final four round, MI will easily qualify with 18 points if they win all the matches left. If they manage to win at least two, Rohit Sharma and Co. will again be in the dependency situation where they will have to depend on their net run rate. Mumbai can target matches against Delhi and Kings XI Punjab before they face second-placed GL, the side that can ruin things for them.

Delhi Daredevils (DD) (12 points, 10 matches):

After losing two matches on a trot against Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab Delhi were back on track with a win over leaders SRH. Despite Zaheer Khan missing out that fixture, Delhi managed to register an excellent win which is surely a good news prior to their final four games. If they lose one of their remaining four games, they could still qualify for the last four with 20 points. If they lose two games, they will have to make sure that they defeat MI and RCB to minimise both MI and RCB’s chances of finishing above them. If they lose three games, they will put themselves in a difficult position to make it to the last four with 14 points.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) (8 points, 10 matches):

With four matches remaining, a must-win is mandatory for Virat Kohli and Co. If they win three matches, they will bag 14 points and will have to depend on other teams to lose their games to make it through.