IPL 2021 Points Table Scenarios: Who is competing in the table topper’s battle, see the complete calculations
The second half of IPL 2021 is starting from today. Chennai, Bangalore and champions Mumbai will leave no stone unturned to remove Delhi from the first place. Let’s take a look at what are the challenges ahead for the teams standing in the first four places in the points table.
Delhi Capitals know that they will face tough competition from the three teams running right behind in the ‘Battle of the Top’ in the second phase of the IPL. That is why the key players of his team have been saying in the past that this will be a new beginning.
What is done behind will not matter. Chennai, Bangalore and champions Mumbai will leave no stone unturned to remove Delhi from the first place. Let’s take a look at what are the challenges ahead for the teams standing in the first four places in the points table.
1. Delhi Capitals
This team is at the top of the points table with a great game. It has won 6 out of its eight matches and has a total of 12 points. Two more wins will ensure their place in the playoffs.
Combination Panga: The team played well in the first phase, but when it enters the second round, there will be a lot of speculation about the combination.
Shreyas Iyer has got fit and joined the team, which has added another strong option for him in the middle order. It has to be seen how the head coach works on this. Who has to sit outside?
So far: Matches – 8, Won – 6, Lost – 2, Points – 12, Net Runrate: +0.547
2. Chennai Super Kings
Chennai are currently on the second spot in the points table with five wins out of seven matches played.
After starting with defeat, Chennai bounced back and won five matches in a row. Two more wins can open the doors of the next round for this team as well.
There may be a screw: This is a new season, against which fresh pitches will be played. These can help the pacers in the early matches, which can create problems for the batsmen of this team.
This is the weakness of the three-time champion team and now the fans would like to see the team overcome this weakness under the magical captaincy of MS Dhoni.
So far: Matches – 7, Won – 5, Lost – 2, Points – 10, Net Runrate: +1.263
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore, looking for their maiden title, have scored 10 points from the first seven matches and are in third place.
The team, which looked strong on paper every season, performed well in the first leg, but given the past record, their performance in the second leg also cannot be guaranteed.
Spin department concerns: Spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar and experienced Australia spinner Adam Zampa will not be with the team at this stage.
Challengers have included Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga in exchange for Zampa. The team has experienced spinner Yuzvendra Chahal but whether Hasaranga will prove to be effective in UAE conditions will be a big question.
So far: Matches – 7, Won – 5, Lost – 2, Points – 10, Net Runrate: –0.171
4. Mumbai Indians
Champions Mumbai are currently in fourth place with only four wins out of seven matches. Raising the level of their game in a difficult and stressful environment, the five-time champions this team comes well. However, he has to stay on the winning track for now.
Better record in the second leg: If 14 points are needed to make it to the playoffs, then this team will have to win at least three of their remaining seven matches.
The performance of this team in the second leg of IPL has always been better than the first leg and this team can repeat its performance once again.
So far: Matches – 7, Won – 4, Lost – 3, Points – 8, Net Runrate: +0.062