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It is that time of the year when the IPL table starts taking a definitive shape. 44 matches have been played thus far, taking Kolkata Knight Rider’s win against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday (May 12) into consideration, and at the end of it we have the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils at the two ends of the table and as many as four teams or possibly five teams in the mix for a top-four finish in the group stage.SRH are the only team so far to be through to the playoffs. Having picked up 18 points in 11 matches it is mathematically impossible for any of the teams outside the to four to catch up with them. Even if they lose all of their upcoming matches, SRH will advance to the knockout stages.SRH are the only team so far to be through to the playoffs. Having picked up 18 points in 11 matches it is mathematically impossible for any of the teams outside the top four to catch up with them. Even if they lose all of their upcoming matches, SRH will advance to the knockout stages.Kings XI Punjab limited some damage by keeping their margin of defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders down to 31 runs after conceding 245 in the latter’s innings. They remain third courtesy their net run rate. Their next three matches are against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. They have to beat RCB and MI to seal a spot in the playoffs. A defeat in either one of them will mean that their fate will be sealed only on the final day of the group stage matches. How things change with two straight defeats despite winning five in a row!A big win over Kings XI Punjab would have helped them reach third but they did end up giving away 214 runs while defending 245. This means that they are fourth and, unlike the rest of their rivals for the playoffs spot, they have just two games remaining. They need to win both and keep a good net run rate to ensure that the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals don’t catch up with them. While Mumbai’s trajectory are out of their control, KKR can do something about RR in their next match.A big win over Kings XI Punjab would have helped them reach third but they did end up giving away 214 runs while defending 245. This means that they are fourth and, unlike the rest of their rivals for the playoffs spot, they have just two games remaining. They need to win both and keep a good net run rate to ensure that the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals don’t catch up with them. While Mumbai’s trajectory are out of their control, KKR can do something about RR in their next match.A big win over Kings XI Punjab would have helped them reach third but they did end up giving away 214 runs while defending 245. This means that they are fourth and, unlike the rest of their rivals for the playoffs spot, they have just two games remaining. They need to win both and keep a good net run rate to ensure that the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals don’t catch up with them. While Mumbai’s trajectory are out of their control, KKR can do something about RR in their next match.A big win over Kings XI Punjab would have helped them reach third but they did end up giving away 214 runs while defending 245. This means that they are fourth and, unlike the rest of their rivals for the playoffs spot, they have just two games remaining. They need to win both and keep a good net run rate to ensure that the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals don’t catch up with them. While Mumbai’s trajectory are out of their control, KKR can do something about RR in their next match.A big win over Kings XI Punjab would have helped them reach third but they did end up giving away 214 runs while defending 245. This means that they are fourth and, unlike the rest of their rivals for the playoffs spot, they have just two games remaining. They need to win both and keep a good net run rate to ensure that the Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals don’t catch up with them. While Mumbai’s trajectory are out of their control, KKR can do something about RR in their next match.