Chennai: The Group A of the Champions League Twenty20 has justified its name - Group of Death - given to it before the start of the tournament as Tuesday is the last day of round robin matches of the group, with all five teams still in fray to reach the semifinals.
Though Mumbai Indians are leading the group with five points in four matches, the scenario will completely change once the matches on Tuesday complete. In the day’s first match, the Caribbean side Trinidad and Tobago will be up against South African club Cape Cobras, while the defending Champions Chennai Super Kings will take on the Australian outfit New South Wales in the night match.
After Mumbai, it’s the NSW Blues, who are at second spot with four points, followed by Cobras with three in the points table.
T&T, who are fresh after their victory against the CSK on Sunday, are at the fourth place with two points, while CSK, despite having the same points as the Caribbean side, are still at No. 5, courtesy their below-average performances in the two losses they suffered.
If the Cobras - who have only one win against NSW Blues and a no result so far - win on Tuesday, they will move to five points and may make their way into the semis by virtue of a better net run rate than Mumbai.
NSW too will progress as group winners with six points if the Australian side wins its crucial match against CSK on Tuesday.
However, a defeat to either Cobras or NSW will ensure Mumbai's progression to the semifinal, while forming a three-way tie among NSW, CSK and T&T - all with four points each, meaning the calculation will come down to net run rate.
T&T, on the other hand, will have to beat Cobras and hope NSW lose to CSK to stand any chance of entering the semis. Any other result and they would be eliminated.
As things stand, T&T have the second-best net run rate in the group at +0.183, while Cobras have the best net run rate at +0.443.
The present scenario could be the organisers' delight as there is still a race going on to reach the last four, thus keeping everyone's attention firmly on proceedings on the field.