The final round of matches from group B take place on Wednesday with the leaders of group Warriors taking on the English county side Somerset while a rejuvenated Royal Challengers Bangalore face off against the South Australia Redbacksas the race to seal a spot in the final four intensifies.
The Challengers, who registered their first win of the CL by beating Somerset, are placed at the bottom of the table with 2 points from 3 games. The Warriors top the group with 4 points from 3 games, followedby Kolkata who also have 4 points but have no matches remaining. South Australia and Somerset, who have 3 points each from 3 games, occupy the third and the fourth positions on the table.
The winners of the first game on Wednesday will go through to the semi-finals with either the Warriors finishing on the top with 6 points or Somerset ending up with 5. If the Warriors win, then Bangalore will just have to beat the Australian side and go up to 4 points, which is the same as Kolkata. But RCB will qualify for the semis as they have a better net runrate than Kolkata. In case Somerset win the first match then Warriors would also finish with 4 points alongside Kolkata. Bangalore, who have a current net runrate of+0.44, which is better than Kolkata (+0.31), will then have to have to wait and see what net-runrate the Warriors (currently +0.59) end up with and then have to beat South Australia while also bettering the NRR of Warriors in order to qualify. If Somerset beat Warriors by a big margin then the Protea side’s runratewould drop down considerably and just a win for RCB against South Australia might take them through.
On the other hand, the outcome of the first match would not have any bearing on the Redbacks if they haveto qualify. They need to just beat Bangalore to finish with five points and go through to the next round. If Somerset win, and the Redbacks defeat RCB, then they as well as Somerset will qualify with 5 points apiece. In case of a win for the Warriors and the Australian team, then both these sides will get through with six and five points respectively.
There is also the possibility of rain deciding the fate of the teams. If Wednesday’s matches are completely washed out, that will mean Kolkata with four points will make it to the semis along with Warriors who will then have 5. If the game between the Warriors and Somerset is rained out, then Warriorswill go through with 5 points while Somerset will have four but would be out of contention as they have an inferior run-rate to that of Kolkata. If the second game then takes place, the winners of that match will get through to the final four.
The crowd at the Chinnaswamy stadium and those watching at homewill be in for a treat on Wednesday as various qualification outcomes arepossible. There will not be any shortage in terms of the entertainment quotient and the supporters of the respective sides in Group B as well as the teams themselves will be closely following the numbers and what needs to be achieved to take them through.