With Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and UP Warriiorz qualifying for the playoffs, Sportstar looks at who is most likely to make the final and the calculations involved as the WPL heads into the final day of league fixtures.
Why is it important for teams to finish first in the league standings?
The team that finishes on top of the standings in the league stage will gain direct entry into the final. The second and third place teams will clash in a playoff to decide the second finalist.
How the points table looks ahead of the last two league games:
|1||Delhi Capitals (Q)||7||5||2||10||+1.978|
|2||Mumbai Indians (Q)||7||5||2||10||+1.725|
|3||UP Warriorz (Q)||7||4||3||8||-0.063|
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore (E)||7||2||5||4||-1.044|
|5||Gujarat Giants (E)||8||2||6||4||-2.220|
*Q - Qualified for the playoffs.
*E - Eliminated
Tussle between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals
Mumbai Indians has enjoyed dominance in the league stage for most part of the tournament. Two loses, one against UP Warriorz and against Delhi Capitals, have allowed the Capitals to nudge Mumbai out of the top spot. Mumbai has one game left, vs Royal Challengers Bangalore. If it wins that fixture and by a big margin, it stands a chance to topple Delhi and finish first. But this will also need Delhi to lose its game against UP Warriorz.
Delhi will, likewise, need to win and hope for a Mumbai loss. The advantage the Capitals have is that they will play after Mumbai and will have an idea about the margin of victory needed, should Mumbai win its game.
If both teams win their games, net run rate will decide who advances to the final. At the moment, DC has pipped MI in that department but it might all change on Tuesday evening,.