The equation is straightforward for KKR - beat MI and go through, or lose and go home. BCCI

After 52 matches played in 42 days, we have three teams that have made it to the playoffs of the Indian Premier League, with three sides fighting it out for the remaining spot. The three sides which have qualified - CSK, DC and MI - are still fretting over their final standings to that extra bite of the cherry by virtue of finishing in the top two. Two matches lined up for Sunday (May 5) will go a long way in deciding who meets who in the knockouts. Table-toppers CSK will face-off against KXIP in Mohali, while MI takes on a desperate KKR at the Wankhede in the second match of the day

Points table

How can KKR qualify? How will their result affect SRH's progress?

The equation is straightforward for KKR - beat MI and go through, or lose and go home. If KKR comes out second in their clash against MI, SRH will take the fourth spot in the playoffs thanks to their superior NRR. It will be the first instance of a side qualifying for knockouts in the IPL with just 12 points.

Can KXIP still make it if they beat CSK?

Theoretically - yes. Practically - no. For KXIP to qualify, they have to beat CSK and KKR has to lose to MI. In that scenario, all the three teams - SRH, KKR & KXIP - will be tied on 12 points each. SRH has the best NRR among the three (+0.577) and if KXIP has to go past that, they need to beat CSK by about 250 runs.

Can CSK get pipped from the top two slots?

As things stand, CSK has 18 points with an NRR of +0.209. A win, and they are assured of a top-two spot and a knockout match at home. The only possibility of them losing a top-two finish is if they lose to KXIP by 42 or more runs or with a minimum of 5.4 overs to spare (assuming KXIP score 160 runs) and then MI beat KKR.

What are the scenarios for MI and DC to finish in the top-two?

The equation is straightforward for MI - beat KKR and get to 18 points. They have the best NRR among the three qualified teams and a win is enough for them to lock a spot for the Qualifier in Chennai on Tuesday. In the event of MI losing to KKR, CSK and DC will finish top two irrespective of CSK's result against KXIP.

DC has 18 points and for them to finish in the top two, either MI has to lose their final league match (MI will then end on 16 points) or CSK lose to KXIP by a margin of 42 or more runs or at least 5.4 overs to spare, which will push CSK's NRR below that of DC.