With three matches to go in Group B, all five teams could still qualify for the semi-finals. Here’s how:
The three matches left to be played are: Bangalore Vs Somerset, on October 3, Warriors Vs Somerset on October 5, and Bangalore Vs Redbacks on October 5.
Somerset have three points from two games and are the only unbeaten team from either group. They have two games left, and could end up with a maximum of seven points, and qualify for the semis, were they to win both those games.
Warriors have played three games and won two of them, thereby garnering four points. With one match to go, Warriors could end up with a maximum of six points, which would mean automatic qualification for the semi-finals.
Redbacks have three points from as many games, and a win in their last match would get them up to five points, and a possible semi-finals qualification, depending on other results going in their favour.
Kolkata have played all their matches to earn four points, and could qualify on the basis of NRR comparisons, provided the remaining games pan out in their favour.
Bangalore have yet to earn a point from two games played, but winning both their remaining matches would get them up to four points and like Kolkata a NRR comparison would come into play, in deciding whether Vijay Mallya’s side would go past the group stage.
Scenario One: Bangalore beat Somerset; Warriors beat Somerset; Bangalore beat Redbacks
In this case, Warriors would top the group with six points and qualify; Bangalore would tie on points with Kolkata on four, and qualification of either team would depend on a NRR comparison. Redbacks would be tied on three points with Somerset, and get knocked out.
Scenario Two: Bangalore beat Somerset; Somerset beat Warriors; Bangalore beat Redbacks
in this case, Somerset would head the group with five, while Bangalore, Warriors and Kolkata would be tied on four points, and Redbacks would end up with three and get knocked out.
Scenario Three: Bangalore beat Somerset; Somerset beat Warriors; Redbacks beat Bangalore
In this case, Somerset and Redbacks would qualify with with five points each, while Warriors and Kolkata with four points and Bangalore with two would get knocked out.
Scenario Four: Somerset beat Bangalore; Somerset beat Warriors; Redbacks beat Bangalore
In this case, Somerset with seven points and Redbacks with five would qualify; Warriors and Kolkata would tie with four points each, and Bangalore would end up with zero.
Scenario Five: Somerset beat Bangalore; Warriors beat Somerset; Redbacks beat Bangalore
In this case, Warriors would head the group with six points and qualify, while Somerset and Redbacks with five each would depend on an NRR comparison to qualify; Kolkata would finish with four points and Bangalore with zero.
Scenario Six: Somerset beat Bangalore; Warriors beat Somerset; Bangalore beat Redbacks
In this case, Warriors with six points and Somerset with five would qualify; Kolkata would finish with four points, Redbacks with three and Bangalore with zero.
Disclaimer: These scenarios do not take into account the possibility of rain washing out one or all of the remaining Group B matches.
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