With 38 out of the 56 league matches played, the VIVO IPL 2018 is slowly entering the interesting phase. Only four of the eight teams will qualify for the qualifiers starting on May 22, 2018.

The top two teams will get two opportunities to qualify for the final in Mumbai to be played on May 22, 2018. Mumbai and Kolkata are the venues for the qualifiers this year. Let's have a look at how the teams are performing this season and who are the probable ones to get to the qualifiers.

Note: The order of teams below are in according to the points table after 38 matches.

1. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Sitting at the number one spot, Hyderabad has almost booked their tickets for the qualifiers. They have won seven out of their nine games, with four of those victories coming from their last four games.

Their team looks settled, and they seem to have found the right balance to their side.

Kane Williamson has led the team from the front with crucial knocks. With two home and three away games still left, they would know that one victory can seal them a place in the qualifiers.

Top performers: Siddharth Kaul, Rashid Khan, and Kane Williamson.

2. Chennai Super Kings: They have played ten matches and won seven out of them.

Like Hyderabad, even they are on the verge of qualification. It's just a matter of time when Dhoni's men will qualify for the qualifiers for the ninth time in as many seasons.

They will still play two home and two away matches and hope they can secure more than one win so that they can end in the top two spots.

Their bowling looks thin, but we have seen a lot of improvement as the tournament has progressed.

Top performers: Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, and Shane Watson.

3. Kings XI Punjab: They are another team that has impressed all and is likely to go through the qualifiers. Having won six out of their nine, they will be pumped up knowing they need just two wins to seal a place in the qualifiers.

A settled unit with good bowling and power hitters, this might just be the year for the Punjab men. Their captain Ravi Ashwin has led the team well, even though his own form has not been that great.

They still have two home games and three away games left.

Top performers: KL Rahul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Andrew Tye.

4. Kolkata Knight Riders: For the team led by Dinesh Karthik, the difficult period has just started and think tank of KKR might have started getting a bit worried from now. They have played ten, won five and lost five.

The good thing for them, their net run rate is in a positive figure. With two home and two away games left, they will hope they can capitalize well now else they won't qualify.

Simply they need to win three out of their next four games.

Top performers: Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, and Andre Russell.

5. Mumbai Indians: For the defending champions, the hope is never over and not even in this season. They have won four out of their ten games, and to surely qualify they need to win each of their next few games.

A positive net run rate which they have will help them. With two away and two home games left, Rohit Sharma's team would see this as a great opportunity to seize the place in the qualifiers.

Top performers: Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Mayank Markande.

6. Royal Challengers Bangalore: They built a new team this season, but still their fortunes haven't changed. They have played nine games and won only three.

They now have to ensure they win all their matches and with good enough margins so that they can push their net run rate into a positive figure. The problems for captain Virat Kohli has increased even further after their last outing against CSK, which they lost. They still have four away games and one solitary home game left.

Top performers: Virat Kohli, AB de Villers, and Umesh Yadav.

7. Delhi Daredevils: They are almost out of contention for the qualifiers as they have lost seven out their ten games and won only three. They would need a miracle to see them through.

Firstly, the Shreyas Iyer led team needs to win all their matches and then rest their hopes on the results of the other matches for their qualification. The only good thing for them is, all their leftover matches will be played at their home ground of Kotla in Delhi.

Top performers: Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, and Trent Boult.

8. Rajasthan Royals: The team led by Ajinkya Rahane started well, but seem to have lost their track somewhere in the middle. Having won three out of their nine games, with poor net run rate, things look bleak at this point.

They need to win all their matches and make sure they do it with some margin to improve their net run rate. They still have to play three home and two away matches.

Top performers: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, and Jofra Archer.

Our predictions: Sunrisers, Super Kings, and Kings XI have almost sealed a spot in the qualifiers, so there's only one spot left. With five teams being contenders for that, we believe it's either gonna be the Knight Riders or Mumbai Indians who will get through with the other teams. The table can turn for Bangalore or Rajasthan, but for now, their chances are quite low.

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