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|DC & RCB can Afford to Lose Today, Just not too Badly|
|Pitched By Sharad with C360 Reporter|
|Thursday, 21 May 2009|
Today the last league T20 match of the DLF IPL 2009 will be played at the Centurion and it will decide the fates not only of both the playing teams; that is the Deccan Chargers and the Bangalore Royal Challengers, but also of another team, the Kings XI Punjab. It is a testament to the close nature of the competition in the DLF IPL’s T20 matches that until the last league match is played, we will not know who the four teams in the semi finals are!
The Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils have made it to the semi final stage; but it is still not perfectly clear which two teams will join them. The equation for the final outcome is something like this:
Right now Bangalore has the same number of points as Punjab (each team has 14), but a higher net run rate, so today if Punjab is to have any hope of making it, Bangalore has to lose to Deccan by 71 runs or more. There is also a most improbable chance that Punjab will make it if Deccan lose: as of now Deccan also have the same number of points; i.e. 14. However then they have to lose to Bangalore by a margin of 201 runs or more; which frankly does not seem like happening.
What has to work for Bangalore:
What has to work for Deccan:
Adam Gilchrist has been a bit quiet for his last few outings and he will need to fire again, rather like he did in the first part of the DLF IPL 2009 when his team was off to such a flyer. Along will him, good performances will be required from the likes of Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma and Herschelle Gibbs if the team is to bring to fruition, the promise of the early form that they displayed.
These two teams have an additional point to prove. Last year they were the two teams that finished off last, having the fewest points on the board. This year they have already done vastly better and there will be the ambition that they try and do their best to go all the way.
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