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How did Mumbai lose the plot

As the Indian Premier League gears up for the semifinal stage the last few matches have been intense with three teams fighting for two semifianl spots.

Here's what worked in favour of Delhi and Chennai - and why Mumbai got the boot.

Chennai beat Hyderabad by 7 wickets in a do-or-die match, and reached the semi-finals with a victory in the last league encounter. It was a now or never for Chennai; They had no option but to beat the Deccan Chargers in their last group game to proceed to the last four, and it was mission accomplished for MS Dhoni's boys.

They succesfully chased down Hyderabad's paltry 147 after Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat - but more importantly, they are through to the semi-final nudging out Mumbai.

With this win over Deccan Chargers, Chennai are on 16 points and get back their third slot on the points tally. ...Delhi are fourth on 15 points while Mumbai, which was in the reckoning for a semi-final slot is now out of contention. Mumbai, however, has a match in hand but the maximum it can garner is 14 points - which leaves it behind Chennai and Delhi.

Chennai's win also ended the suspense over the semi-finalists as it completed the last four line-up. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab had already sealed their place with convincing results.

Delhi managed to sneak in and ensure its place as Viru's side kept its nerve while Chennai and Mumbai failed to win their matches at crucial junctures.

Meanwhile, for Mumbai it was complete disappointment - after four consecutive losses, they bounced back with 6 consecutive wins, but choked when it mattered the most. And Sachin Tendulkar's side won't be pleased to be in a situation where they can also end up no better than 6th on the points tally.

At least a win in the last match against Royal Challengers will salvage some pride for them.

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