Two teams that are packed with quality players find themselves at the bottom of the table for reasons that no one can explain adequately. Before the season began, if you had suggested that Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors India would be on the verge of failing to qualify for the final four, with only half the matches of the tournament done, you would have been laughed out of the house.
Delhi suffered terribly before the start of the tournament, with Kevin Pietersen, virtually their entire middle order, ruled out, and their back-up, Jesse Ryder, suffering a traumatic attack, but this should not have been insurmountable. In Mahela Jayawardene and David Warner, Delhi have quality at the top of the order. Virender Sehwag, fresh from being left out of the Indian team, had plenty to prove. In Unmukt Chand, Delhi have the most hyped young Indian batsman around. Their bowling attack has pace and spin, experience and freshness, and yet all this has added up to seven losses from eight matches.
If Delhi are at the bottom of the table, the one consolation they have is that they're next playing a team which hasn't fared much better. Pune have lost six of their eight games, and for both teams the road ahead is crystal clear. They need to win every match left to stand any chance of progressing.