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AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are in the top three run-scorers of IPL 9 AFP

Gujarat Lions (GL) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have booked a place in the Playoffs of the ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. With GL’s win against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) last night, they move to No. 1 spot in the points table. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad still have a game to play. They will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the iconic Eden Gardens. And, if they manage to edge past KKR, they pull down GL and move to No. 1 spot in order to play the Qualifier 1 next week. Let’s have a look at the permutations and combinations: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Match 55 at Kolkata

– With the help of GL’s win last night, SRH have qualified for the playoffs. In fact, even if they lose against KKR, it won’t matter as they have a healthy net run-rate.

– If this happens, KKR will be the third team to qualify with 16 points under their belt.

– If KKR loses, they will tie with MI, with 14 points each. Hence, whichever team has a better run-rate will eventually qualify.

– The final game between Royal Challenger Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) will be the ultimate decider. If RCB win, they definitely go through with 16 points.

– If DD win, they will qualify and RCB will tie with MI. However, given MI’s run-rate, they will expect RCB to lose by a huge margin.

Note: SRH can still storm out of the tournament. And, for that to happen, KKR will have to beat them by 207-plus runs.