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    IPL getting hotter with mid-table war

    With 19 round-robin games left to play, five teams are fighting it out in a mid-table war for the last two knock-out berths.

    Safe to say Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders are through and even safer to admit that Pune Warriors India and Deccan Chargers are out of the race to the playoffs in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League - with 19 round-robin games left to play. The interesting part, though, is that it leaves five teams to fight it out in a mid-table war for the last two knock-out berths.

    With just three points separating Mumbai Indians (14), Rajasthan Royals (12), Kings XI Punjab (12), Chennai Super Kings (11) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (11), the middle of the points table resembles an air-tight jar. The two that break free will continue to breathe while the rest three will suffocate to death.

    Looking at the table and who's left to play whom, one can make a calculated guess as to who will finish in the top-four bracket alongside Delhi and Kolkata. Mumbai - with most points (14) in that pack - are at slight advantage with a game more in hand as compared to Rajasthan, Punjab and Chennai. And while Bangalore enjoy that same advantage, they have the least number of points (11) and the worst net run rate (-0.33) in that pack of five mid-table teams.

    Here's a look at who stands where and is left to play whom.

    Mumbai: Played 11, Won 7, Lost 4, Points 14, NRR -0.143

    To play: Bangalore, Kolkata, Bangalore, Kolkata, Rajasthan

    Rajasthan: Played 12, Won 6, Lost 6, Points 12, NRR +0.265

    To play: Chennai, Pune, Deccan, Mumbai

    Punjab: Played 12, Won 6, Lost 6, Points 12, NRR -0.309

    To play: Deccan, Delhi, Chennai, Delhi

    Chennai: Played 12, Won 5, Lost 6, No Result 1, Points 11, NRR +0.013

    To play: Rajasthan, Delhi, Kolkata, Punjab

    Bangalore: Played 11, Won 5, Lost 5, No Result 1, Points 11, NRR -0.333

    To play: Mumbai, Pune, Mumbai, Delhi, Deccan

    With 19 round-robin games left to play, five teams are fighting it out in a mid-table war for the last two knock-out berths.