Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s third place is secure from the chasing pack. They have 16 points to their name and no one below them can get to that. However, RCB can potentially still overtake second-placed Chennai Super Kings, which would mean they’d get two shots at the final rather than just one.
Thus, that should give them enough motivation to try hard in their final two matches.
After starting the UAE leg sluggishly with back-to-back defeats, the Royal Challengers have bounced back nice and have since put together a run of three straight wins.
They beat Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals before dispatching Punjab Kings in their last game.
Against the Kings, their in-form Aussie Glenn Maxwell delivered again, scoring his third straight half-century and helping his side post 164-7.
Their bowlers deserve a mention, too, as they defended that total despite Punjab openers giving them a 91-run start. Yuzvendra Chahal, with his 3-29, was the pick of RCB bowlers on the night.
After beating Rajasthan Royals and stretching Chennai Super Kings in back-to-back matches, Sunrisers Hyderabad were back to their abysmal worst in the last game as they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets.
The Kane Williamson-led side could only post 115-8 batting first in the face of a superbly balanced bowling effort by the Knight Riders.
Their bowlers did stretch the game to the limits but in the end, the total just proved too little to defend as Kolkata won and tightened their grip on that coveted fourth spot.