Saturday, May 25th, 2024

IPL Playoffs Scenario: Celebration in Chennai-Lucknow due to Hyderabad’s defeat, Delhi fans said- Thank you Mumbai!


New Delhi. It is impossible for Mumbai Indians to reach the IPL playoffs but the fighting spirit of Hardik Pandya’s team has not diminished. Due to this spirit, Mumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets. With this victory, Mumbai team moved up from last place to ninth place in the points table. At the same time, Sunrisers’ path to the playoffs was also made difficult. This was the 55th match of IPL 2024, which was played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing the target of 174 runs, Mumbai Indians were under pressure at one time after losing 3 wickets for 31 runs. Suryakumar Yadav not only removed this pressure by scoring 102 runs on 51 balls, but also gave victory to Mumbai.

Despite this defeat, Sunrisers Hyderabad is still at fourth position in the points table, but it seems like an incomplete thing. Actually, the Sunrisers team was once at number one in the points table and at that time it was hoping to be in the top-2. But now leave aside the top-2, he has to struggle hard even for the top-4. In the points table, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Supergiants have equal 12-12 points. On the basis of net run rate, their ranking is third, fourth and fifth. Now all three teams have 3-3 matches left. That means, a little mistake will lead one of these teams out of the playoffs.

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Chennai-Lucknow work is easy
This is why when Mumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad, the fans of Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Supergiants heaved a sigh of relief. And not only Chennai and Lucknow, the hopes of Delhi Capitals fans for the playoffs have also been awakened. Delhi team is at sixth position with 10 points after winning 5 out of 11 matches. Delhi fans are hoping that their favorite team can make it to the playoffs by winning the remaining three matches. This is also possible and if any two teams from Chennai, Hyderabad and Lucknow win, then Delhi can become isolated.

Challenge reduced for top-2
Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals may also have got some relief from the defeat of Sunrisers Hyderabad. Both Kolkata and Rajasthan teams are in the first two positions with 16 points each. If they win one more match, their claim to be in the top-2 will become very strong. Cricket lovers know that the teams finishing in top-2 in the IPL points table play the qualifier matches, while the teams finishing third and fourth play the eliminator. The team that loses the qualifiers gets another chance to reach the finals, while the team that loses in the eliminator is out of the tournament.

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RCB is at seventh place with 8 points
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team is at seventh position in the points table after winning 4 out of 11 matches. RCB has 8 points. Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans also have 8 points each. On the basis of run rate, Punjab is at eighth, Mumbai is at ninth and Gujarat is at 10th. In paper equation, RCB, Punjab and Gujarat can still reach the playoffs. That’s why these teams are still trying their best. However, any of these teams can play the playoffs only if at least 4-5 teams above them lose most of their matches.

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