IPL 2019: Predicting the positions of all teams at the end of league stage
Which team takes which position on the points table?
Updated - Apr 9, 2019 12:57 pm
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is nearing the halfway stage and it’s been a pretty exciting season so far. We have had a few mouth-watering clashes and some one-sided affairs as well. We are 22 games into this Indian T20 extravaganza and teams are already fighting for spots. The race for the playoffs is on pretty early.
Two teams sitting pretty at the top with 8 points each while there are four other teams which are on 6 points and are involved in a mid-table battle. There are a few signs which suggest which teams might end up where. Hence, here we take a look and try to predict the position of each team at the end of the league stage.
1 – Kolkata Knight Riders
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have emerged as the table toppers, courtesy a better and a superior net run rate. In fact, they currently possess the best net run rate in the competition. They’ve won four out of their five games and the only one that they lost was also in a Super Over. Hence, KKR have been the best team of the tournament so far.
Andre Russell has been in mind-boggling form, especially with the bat. He has turned games single-handedly for KKR. In fact, the hard-hitting Jamaican has bailed KKR out of nowhere and helped them register victories. However, it might seem like KKR have been all about Russell but there’s more to the franchise.
Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa have been really consistent in the middle order and have done really well irrespective of the start. After a couple of poor games, both Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are providing fast starts. Lynn, in particular, has struck form and is looking good. On the bowling front, KKR have been expensive. Harry Gurney’s inclusion looks like a decent one as he made a rousing debut. The spinners have bowled hot and cold while the pacers have been a tad expensive.
However, KKR have found ways to win. Also, the best part about the side is they are unlikely to get affected by players leaving the tournament midway through the season to prepare for the World Cup. Hence, they could well end up topping the points table by the end of the league stage.