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Prediction of Vivo IPL 2016 four Playoff finalists
The Vivo IPL 2016 is nearing it's business end. It has been a closely contested IPL so far. At the end of this week, we will come to know which teams qualify for the Playoffs. But it is not difficult to predict considering how the match results have gone so far.

Rising Pune Supergiants and Kings XI Punjab are already out of the race of Playoffs. They will fight with each other on Saturday 21st May, 2016 to decide who gets the wooden spoon. All other teams have decent chances of making it to the Playoffs.

In a tournament like IPL with eight teams participating, eight wins almost guarantee a place in the Playoffs, nine wins confirm finishing in top two and ten wins mean top of the table. Here is an analysis of the chances of other teams of qualifying for the Playoffs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (16 points from 8 wins with two matches left to play)

SRH, the first team to register eight wins is already through, though they still have two more matches to play against the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Irrespective of what happens in those matches, since SRH already have 16 points, they are sure to finish at least fourth and secure a Playoff berth.

Kolkata Knight Riders (14 points from 7 wins with two matches left to play)

With 14 points from 7 wins in their kitty, KKR will face the Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad during this week. One win from these two matches will be sufficient for KKR to go through. In case they lose both, they can still qualify, provided other results go in their favor and they don't lose badly, maintaining a good net run rate.

Mumbai Indians (14 points from 7 wins with one match left to play)

The equation for MI to qualify for Playoffs is simple. They just have to beat Gujarat Lions in their last match on Saturday 21st May, 2016. If Mumbai lose this match, they will be out of the tournament. With 14 points, it is difficult for Mumbai to qualify as they have an inferior net run rate.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (12 points from 6 wins with 2 matches left to play)

Today RCB take on Kings XI Punjab and on coming Sunday, they will lock horns with Delhi Daredevils. They have to win both these matches to qualify for the Playoffs. In case they win just one of these matches, they can still qualify with 14 points, provided other results go in their favor.

With the best net run rate, RCB would be the team to qualify, if a team with 14 points were to be selected for the Playoffs. Considering the recent performance of RCB, I don't see any reason why they can't win both their remaining matches and qualify.

Delhi Daredevils (12 points from 6 wins with two matches left to play)

DD have two tough matches during this week against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday and against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. They have to win both these matches to secure a Playoff berth. One win will not be sufficient for them, as with a poor net run rate, they will lose to the other teams finishing on 14 points.

Gujarat Lions (14 points from 7 wins with two matches left to play)

At the end of the first half of IPL 9, Gujarat Lions were table-toppers, winning six out of their first seven matches. But they faltered during the second half of the tournament. The match against Mumbai Indians is very important for them, which they cannot afford to lose.

Gujarat Lions are in an unenviable position. Even if they win against KKR tomorrow and lose against Mumbai on Saturday, they are not sure to qualify even with 16 points because of poor net run rate. There is a possibility that five teams may finish on 16 points or more such as SRH, MI, KKR, RCB and GL. In that case, Gujarat Lions will be the team to be left out of the Playoffs. So they should concentrate more on beating Mumbai. In other words, a victory against Kolkata does not guarantee them a Playoff berth, whereas if they beat MI, they are through.

There could be a lot of ifs and buts, but I think SRH, KKR, MI and RCB will find themselves in the Playoffs, finishing in that order.

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