Saturday, May 18th, 2024

IPL playoff scenarios: RCB changed the whole equation, 3 teams are out, but 6 are still in the race for playoffs, KKR…


New Delhi. 62 matches have been played in IPL 2024, but except Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), it is not completely certain for any team to play the playoffs. Even now, apart from KKR, there are 6 such teams, which are in the race to make it to the top-4. These include Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Supergiants. Let us know who among these 6 teams has the most chances of playing the playoffs and why.

There were two matches in IPL on Sunday. In the first match, Chennai Super Kings team defeated Rajasthan Royals. In the second match, Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Capitals. After these matches, Kolkata Knight Riders are at first place in the points table with 18 points after winning 9 matches. It is certain that he will play the playoffs. Now his eyes are on making a place in the top-2.

CSK, SRH, LSG can make Rajasthan’s path difficult
Rajasthan Royals (RR) team is at second place in the points table with 16 points even after losing to Chennai Super Kings. His run rate is 0.349. RR, which has scored a hat-trick of defeats, still has 2 matches left. If it wins even one of these, it will decide to play the playoffs with 18 points. But if he loses both the matches then the equation of ifs and buts can trouble him. Reason- Right now the teams of Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow can reach 16 points. If this happens then only three teams from Rajasthan, Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow will advance. Netrunrate will decide who those three teams will be. However, the matter of relief for Rajasthan Royals in this whole equation is that their run rate is positive, whereas that of Lucknow and Delhi is negative. This is the thing that can make RR make it to the playoffs even with 16 points.

If Chennai wins then it will be in the playoffs, if it loses then it will be stuck in ifs and buts.
The path is a bit crooked for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). If it wins its last match, it will secure a place in the playoffs with 16 points. If CSK loses its last match then it may be in trouble. Reason- Apart from CSK, Hyderabad (SRH) currently has 14 points. If Chennai loses, Bengaluru (RCB) will also have 14 points. Delhi and Lucknow can also score 14 points. That means, if you want to qualify for the playoffs by staying in 14 points then the net run rate should be better.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s next match is against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. RCB has won 5 consecutive matches. In such a situation, when it faces Chennai Super Kings on its home ground, it may have the upper hand. Talking about the possibility of playoff, this match is do or die for Bengaluru. If RCB wins, it will be in the race for the playoffs with 14 points. If it loses the match, it will be left with only 12 points and will be out of the race for the playoffs.

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