In lower than two weeks the 2020 Indian Premier League champions might be topped.
This yr’s event is happening in United Arab Emirates, with the ultimate in Dubai on 10 November.
As we enter the ultimate week of the group stage, no staff is but assured a spot within the play-offs, with seven of the eight franchises nonetheless vying for a top-four end.
BBC Sport takes a take a look at the present desk, how the play-offs work and the speaking factors from the event to this point.
Every staff nonetheless has two fixtures to play within the group levels and there’s an added incentive for sides to complete as excessive up the desk as potential.
The highest two from the group stage will play one another in qualifier one. The winner will go straight to the ultimate.
Third and fourth place within the desk will play in an eliminator. The winner will go on to face the loser of qualifier one for a spot within the last.
Mumbai, RCB & and Capitals cleared the path
4-time winners and reigning champions Mumbai Indians at present prime the desk. Though mathematically not but assured, with a powerful internet run fee (NRR) they’ve all however confirmed their place within the play-offs.
Nevertheless it has not been plain crusing for captain Rohit Sharma’s staff and so they might want to deal with stress conditions a bit higher; they’ve misplaced 4 of their 12 matches, with two of these defeats coming in an excellent over.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are nonetheless looking for their first IPL trophy. They at present sit in second place and yet another win must be sufficient to make the play-offs.
Captain Virat Kohli has scored three half-centuries for RCB this season and India off-spinner Washington Sundar has been the standout bowler, going at an economic system fee of simply 5.65.
One win from their remaining fixtures must also ship Delhi Capitals by to the knockout levels, however having misplaced three in a row – and with Mumbai Indians and RCB nonetheless to face – qualification isn’t a certainty.
Capitals might be seeking to India opener Shikhar Dhawan – who scored back-to-back centuries earlier within the event – for large runs as they attempt to attain their first ever IPL last.
Kings XI turnaround and Morgan leads KKR’s cost
Kings XI Punjab struggled in the beginning of this yr’s competitors, shedding six of their first seven fixtures. However in a exceptional turnaround, they’ve received 5 on the trot.
Huge-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle, having not performed in the beginning, has starred in all of these wins, scoring two half-centuries.
Two extra victories and Kings XI are within the play-offs.
Additionally within the hunt are Kolkata Knight Riders, who might want to win their final two video games however should still have to depend on NRR.
Main the cost for KKR is England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, who took over as skipper from Dinesh Karthik halfway by the event.
Royals and Sunrisers hanging in
Rajasthan Royals – and their robust England contingent – are nearly hanging in there thanks partly to Ben Stokes’ match-winning century towards Mumbai Indians and Jofra Archer’s economical bowling all through the event.
To ensure qualification, they should win their remaining two fixtures towards Kings XI and KKR and hope these two sides to slide up of their different video games.
Sunrisers Hyderabad are additionally in with a shout however have to win their remaining matches and for different outcomes to go their means.
Will probably be a troublesome process for Sunrisers, with ties towards Mumbai Indians and RCB, however with the devastating batting trio of Australian David Warner, England’s Jonny Bairstow and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson, they’ll fancy their possibilities.
Sunrisers and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan – the world’s primary T20 bowler – has one of the best economic system fee of this yr’s IPL, going for simply 5 runs per over.
CSK miss out and Dhoni’s final ever sport?
For the primary time in IPL historical past, backside of the desk Chennai Tremendous Kings is not going to characteristic within the play-offs.
The three-time winners and final yr’s runners-up have misplaced eight of their 12 matches to this point.
With nothing left to play for besides satisfaction, all eyes might be on captain and India legend MS Dhoni.
The wicket-keeper batsman, 39, retired from worldwide cricket in August. Will these last two video games be his final as knowledgeable cricketer?
29 Chennai Tremendous Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders, Dubai
30 Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, Abu Dhabi
31 Delhi Capitals v Mumbai Indians, Dubai * and Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sharjah *
1 Chennai Tremendous Kings v Kings XI Punjab, Abu Dhabi * and Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals, Dubai
2 Delhi Capitals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Abu Dhabi
3 Sunrisers Hyderabad v Mumbai Indians, Sharjah
5 Qualifier One: 1st place v 2nd place, Dubai
6 Eliminator: third place v 4th place, Abu Dhabi
8 Qualifier Two: winner of eliminator v loser of qualifier one, Abu Dhabi
10 Ultimate: winner of qualifier one v winner of qualifier two, Dubai
Stay Commentary off all Matches, excluding these marked *, might be out there to hear through BBC Radio 5 Sports activities Additional and streamed on line