As the action moves to the business end of the tournament, the race of making it to the IPL playoffs has heated up. With all the teams except for Hyderabad still having hopes of making it to the top four, the scenario has turned out to be an intriguing one. Thus, the former India cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra has predicted the four-team he feels will make it to the play-offs.

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Chennai and Delhi have had an impressive run in the IPL 2021. Chopra hence stated CSK and DC to be the obvious choices. He then supported the Virat Kohli-led RCB to finish in the third position of the points table. Chopra also added that it would be tough competition between MI and KKR for the fourth spot.

“Chennai, Delhi there’s no doubt about that. Third, hopefully, Bangalore will qualify. For the fourth, there’s going to be a fight between Mumbai and Kolkata. I have a strong feeling that if Kolkata doesn’t hit a self-goal, they’ll make it. If (Andre) Russell is fit then there will be no self-goal but it can happen here because the captain is in zero form. However, it’s Eoin Morgan, a big player, so it’s also possible that he might turn around his form and give a strong finish,” Chopra said in a video on his Youtube Channel.

The five-time champions have struggled a tad bit in this season. The team lost their initial three matches of the UAE leg before securing a win against Punjab Kings. On the other hand, KKR has displayed their dominance in the UAE leg and has promoted themselves to the fourth position in the points table. Considering this, Chopra backed KKR ahead of MI to make it to the top four. 

“I am tilting towards Kolkata for a simple reason that Mumbai isn’t looking like the ‘Paltan’ of the old. Yeah, you won against Punjab but even that wasn’t convincing. They are winning all games scrappingly, which isn’t like them. They still have one game to go against Delhi which is the next game only in Sharjah.

“If you lose this, you won’t have luck on your side because Kolkata’s all matches are against teams placed below them. Kolkata has got something going for them, for Mumbai, there’s something not going for them,” Chopra added.

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