IPL 2014 Results: Latest Scores, Remaining Fixtures, Complete Table and More
The final week of group stage matches are due to take place in this season's IPL, with several teams still in with a chance for glory.
Kings XI Punjab are still the team to beat and remain the favourites to be victorious this year.
Current champions Mumbai Indians have struggled this season, despite their huge investment and backing, and languish in the bottom half of the table.
Here you can check out the latest up-to-date standings in the league and view all the upcoming fixtures and match reports.
Updated IPL Standings
(all stats from IPLt20.com.)
|May 22||KKR v RCB||10.30 a.m. BST/4 p.m. IST||Kolkata|
|May 22||CSK v SRH||2.30 p.m. BST/8 p.m IST||Ranchi|
|May 23||MI v DD||10.30 a.m. BST/4 p.m. IST||Mumbai|
|May 23||KXIP v RR||2.30 p.m. BST/8 p.m IST||Mohali|
|May 24||RCB v CSK||10.30 a.m. BST/4 p.m. IST||Bengaluru|
|May 24||KKR v SRH||2.30 p.m. BST/8 p.m IST||Kolkata|
|May 25||KXIP v DD||10.30 a.m. BST/4 p.m. IST||Mohail|
|May 25||MI v RR||2.30 p.m. BST/8 p.m IST||Mumbai|
(all stats from IPLt20.com.)
May 25: Mumbai Qualify for Play-Offs, Punjab Beat Delhi
Kings XI Punjab (119/3) bt. Delhi Daredevils (115) by seven wickets.
The IPL standings leaders easily dispatched of the team in last place, as Punjab recorded a seven-wicket win over Delhi with six overs to spare.
Daredevils were sent out to bat first and got good production from Kevin Pietersen (58 runs from 41 balls), but his fellow batsmen never gave him any support. Dinesh Karthik was the next-best man with 13 runs from seven balls, and Jimmy Neesham would be the only other Daredevil to score double-digit runs, with 12 from 20.
Rishi Dhawan (four overs, 22 runs, one wicket), Karanveer Singh (four overs, 22 runs, two wickets) and Parvinder Awana (three overs, 15 runs, two wickets) were in full control of their deliveries at all times, showing good form as they head for the play-offs.
Delhi got a boost by the early dismissal of Virender Sehwag (nine from seven) and couldn't believe they held Glenn Maxwell for no runs, but 47 each from Manan Vohra and David Miller got the job done for Punjab, who hardly broke a sweat dealing with this team.
Punjab look to be in fine form as they head for the play-offs, where They'll meet the red-hot Kolkata Knight Riders in the First Qualifier. Maxwell hasn't been the same hitting-machne we saw in the first few weeks of IPL 7, and the team will need their star player to find his groove against a strong group of bowlers lead by Sunil Narine.
Mumbai Indians (195/5) bt. Rajasthan Royals (189/4) by five wickets.
The defending champions qualified for the play-offs on the very last ball, beating Royals by five wickets in a match that will go down as an absolute IPL classic.
Aditya Tare hit the winning six, with his team needing a boundary to leap-frog Rajasthan in the standings on net run difference.
Royals seemed to be well in control of the match after Sanju Samson went off for 74 from 47, while Karun Nair added an impressive 50 from 27. Mumbai's pitch was plagued by dew, and the wet conditions clearly had an effect on both team's bowlers, who gave batsmen too many opportunities for big shots on slower balls.
Lendl Simmons, Michael Hussey and Kieron Pollard all fell early in the chase of 190, looking for boundary in a desperate attempt to boost their team's net run rate. Kevon Cooper (four overs, 38 runs, two wickets) seemed the least influenced by the difficult bowling conditions during the first ten overs, and his slow delivery that led to Pollard's dismissal was a thing of beauty.
But New Zealand's Corey Anderson kept hope in the chase, and backed by a fiery home crowd, he started firing deep shot after deep shot as Rajasthan's bowling suddenly collapsed. Anderson would end the match with 95 from 44 not out, including an amazing nine sixes and six fours.
Ambati Rayudu got in on the fun with 30 from 10, and a chase that looked like a hopeless cause after eight overs suddenly looked like it could be successful with just a handful of overs left to play.
Cooper was the only Rajasthan bowler able to keep his economy under 10, as boundaries were now flying all over the place. With nine needed from the last three balls, Mumbai converted to give themselves a chance at the play-offs on the final ball.
Tare came in, and a high delivery resulted in one of the best sixes we saw all match and a play-off ticket for Mumbai.
Indians will take on Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator, and the team could use the momentum of this incredible victory to provide even more heroics in the play-offs. If Anderson can keep playing like he did against Delhi and Pollard adds some runs of his own, the defending champions may have a chance at the Second Qualifier.
Chennai do have a deep and talented group of batsmen, however, and the likes of Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum will feast on Mumbai's bowlers if they can't improve on their performance against Royals.
May 23: Mumbai Indians Stay Alive as Punjab Beat Rajasthan Royals
Mumbai Indians (173) bt. Delhi Daredevils (158/4) by 15 runs.
Mumbai kept their slim play-off hopes alive with a 15-run win over already eliminated Delhi on Thursday.
Batting first, Indians started strong with Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey combining for 91 runs from 58 balls as it became clear Mumbai would look to score early and often in an attempt to boost their net run rate.
Delhi's Imran Tahir (four overs, 37 runs, three wickets) and JP Duminy (four overs, 31 runs) struggled early but settled into a nice groove, taking advantage of the aggressiveness of the Indians' batsmen. Mumbai's last five batsmen would be limited to 16 runs in total, giving Delhi a realistic target of 174.
An early dismissal of Murali Vijay (eight runs from 12 balls) and solid work from Marchant de Lange (four overs, 32 runs, two wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (four overs, 30 runs, one wicket) kept the chase from exploding early, and by the time Duminy and Manoj Tiwary started putting runs on the board, it was too little too late.
The win kept Mumbai in the play-off hunt, but their hopes could have been short lived as they turned their eyes to the match starting right after theirs, with a Rajasthan Royals win ending their bid altogether.
Kings XI Punjab (179/4) bt. Rajasthan Royals (163/8) by 16 runs.
That didn't happen, however, as the IPL leaders secured the top spot in the standings with a 16-run win over Royals.
Punjab were sent in to bat first and received solid production from every member of their order, with a special mention for Shaun Marsh. The Australian lefty led his team with 40 runs from 35 balls, playing a vital role in the middle of the innings.
Rajasthan's bowlers seemed to have a decent handle on the match, led by Kevin Cooper (four overs, 25 runs) and Rahul Tewatia (four overs, 24 runs, one wicket). Their inability to take wickets would come to back to bite them, however, as they only faced six batsmen all night.
When it was Royals' turn to bat, their impatience as they went looking for runs made for some easy picking for the league-leaders' bowlers. Akshar Patel (four overs, 24 runs, three wickets) and Karanveer Singh (four overs, 16 runs, two wickets) had a field day, picking off overzealous batsmen left and right.
Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson were the only two batsmen who faced more than 20 deliveries, and a combined 53 runs was below the pace their team needed.
By the time James Faulkner got his chance, it was too late. The Australian scored 35 runs in from 13 balls not out, but to no avail.
George Bailey was happy with the consistent production of his batsmen, who shone as a group. He told ESPN Cricinfo:
We have been trying to have a smaller gap between your best and worst cricket. We said we had a lot of batters capable of scoring between 20 and 40 but the pleasing thing tonight was we kept wickets in hand and building stands. Karanveer has been patient and bowled beautifully tonight. I thought Balaji and Rishi were excellent in the middle overs. Akshar too.
Rajasthan could have booked their ticket to the play-offs with a win on Friday but failed to step up when it was needed the most, and now they'll have to face Mumbai in winner-takes-all match on Sunday.
Indians will have momentum on their side following their win over Delhi, and they'll be aided by the emotional repercussions the loss against Punjab will have on Royals, who severely lacked in concentration on Friday.
But Rajasthan still holds the edge in net run rate and will be able to play with slightly more patience, and if their bowlers can be slightly more clinical in taking wickets, Royals should be favourites for the final play-off spot.
May 22: Kolkata Make Play-Offs, Hyderabad Still Alive
Kolkata Knight Riders (195/4) bt. Royal Challengers Bangalore (165/5) by 30 runs.
Kolkata booked their ticket to the play-offs with a comfortable win over Bangalore, beating the visitors by 30 runs thanks to a wonderful display from Robin Uthappa, who scored 83 runs from 51 balls not out to start the match.
Sunil Narine held up his end of the deal, taking four wickets and surrendering just 20 runs in four overs as the victory never really looked in doubt.
Knight Riders were the first to bat and set a target of 195, as Mitchell Starc (32 runs in four overs with one wicket) and company simply couldn't contain Uthappa, who opened up the field for the rest of his team's order of batsmen.
Gautam Gambhir's dismissal after just four balls could have been a worry, but when Shakib Al Hasan added 60 more runs from 38 balls, it started to look clear this wouldn't be Bangalore's day.
Royal Challengers needed to win on Thursday to keep their play-off hopes alive, but their chances of pulling the upset quickly evaporated when the team lost opener Chris Gayle after just six runs from nine balls.
Yogesh Takawale stepped up and delivered a solid 45 from 36, but Narine and Morne Morkel (just 21 runs in four overs) were on point right from the start. Working with a good amount of runs the two bowlers could afford to take some chances, dismissing both Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers within 15 balls.
Kolkata will play one more match before the start of the play-offs, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and the team really seems to be playing their best cricket just as we get set for the play-offs. With Uthappa now leading the IPL in runs and the duo of Morkel and Narine looking very solid bowling, you have to like the team's chances of winning the title.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (189/4) bt. Chennai Super Kings (185/3) by six wickets.
David Warner came through for his team when they needed him the most, scoring 90 runs from 45 balls at the start of Hyderabad's chase to help secure a close win over Super Kings, who have already qualified for the play-offs.
Dwayne Smith (47 runs from 28 balls), David Hussey (50 from 33) and MS Dhoni (57 from 41) had given Chennai a nice target to defend as Sunrisers' bowlers seemed to struggle for much of the day. Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered through very difficult outings, recording economy rates of 10.75 and 9.00, respectively.
Chasing Rajasthan Royals for the final play-off spot, it looked like IPL7 was all but over for Sunrisers as they were faced with a chase of 186, but as Warner and Shikhar Dhawan stepped up to begin their innings, hope started to grow.
Warner's 90 runs were very impressive, but Dhawan didn't fare much worse, scoring 64 runs from 50 balls not out. Chennai's bowlers simply couldn't handle the opening pairing of Warner and Dhawan, and while Hyderabad seemed to be slowing down towards the end of the chase, the damage had already been done.
Ravichandran Ashwin led his team with an economy of 7.25, giving up 29 runs in four innings and failing to catch a wicket.
The win keeps Hyderabad's play-off hopes alive for at least one more day, but Rajasthan could end their bid with a win over Kings XI Punjab on Friday.
Should Royals lose, Sunrisers will have to face a red-hot Kolkata team, who at this point look like they might be the best team in competition. Faced with such a task, it seems unlikely for Hyderabad to make it to the play-offs this year.
All statistics used are courtesy of ipl20.com.
May 21: Kings XI Punjab Fall to Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (159/3) bt. Kings XI Punjab (156/8) by 7 Wickets
Mumbai Indians comfortably dispatched the IPL favourites and leaders Kings XI Punjab as Lendl Simmons smashed a top-class century for a seven-wicket win in Match 48.
The reigning 2013 champions jumped up to fifth in the table and still have hopes of progressing in the competition. Punjab remain top, but are in danger of losing form at the wrong time.
Punjab started the game without Mitchell Johnson who was suffering with a minor injury, and they missed the Australian pace bowler as Simmons took advantage.
Punjab batted first and posted a useful total of 156/8. Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh and George Bailey hit quickfire scores of 36, 39 and 30 but could not push on to post bigger totals before being dismissed.
Mumbai shared the wickets between their bowlers with Jasprit Bumrah having the best figures of 2 for 31, with Punjab ending their innings with a modest run-rate of 7.80.
Mumbai's reply produced this year's knock of the season as Simmons hit the first century of the tournament in 2014.
The West Indian batsman hit a brilliant 100 runs off just 61 balls and drove his team to an essential victory.
Simmons' time at the crease was magnificent as he put on a controlled display of boundary hitting and craftsmanship.
Mumbai won the match with an over to spare, reaching 159/3. Akshar Patel was Punjab's best bowler with figures of 1 for 27.
The match was a must-win for Mumbai who, as a result of Wednesday's win, still have a chance of making the top four.
Punjab were far too relaxed in the match and did not look like they would win this game at any point. If their form continues like this as the play-offs loom, they will struggle in the final stages of the competition.
(all stats from IPLt20.com.)