With only four matches left in the remaining fixtures of league stages of IPL, only Mumbai Indians have cemented a place in the playoffs and one team(CSK) has been knocked out. The other six teams are still in the battle to enter the playoffs.
Four huge defeats consecutively have put DC into huge trouble. After seeming to be a title contender in the 1st half of the tour, they’ve put them into huge trouble. All they need is a win against RCB and RCB does need the same. This has put the match tomorrow into a cracker of a night. They need at least 2 of 3 scenarios given below to place a birth on the playoffs.
- KXIP to lose against CSK, so that KXIP finishes with 12 points.
- SRH to lose against MI and finish with 12 points.(Note: SRH has the second best better NRR).
- KKR-RR result doesn’t affect much but their NRR must not overtake DC’s NRR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Like Delhi Capitals, RCB must also win their remaining match against DC. If they win against DC they will seal their playoffs birth. If they lose tomorrow, they are going to depend on other results for their qualification as their NRR is below KXIP and SRH.
- KXIP to lose against CSK in today’s fixture.
- Sunrisers to lose against Mumbai Indians and finish with 12 points.
- Winner of KKR vs RR must not overtake RCB’s NRR.
Sunrisers are back on track after their two wins against DC and RCB and increasing their NRR to +0.555 and had a great leap to the 4th spot. They have the second-best NRR at present. Surprisingly they are the only team who need not depend on the other teams for their qualification and have their fate in their own hands.
Their job is simply to get a win in their next fixture, but the problem is they are going to face the mighty Mumbai Indians. So it’s a big fixture for them against MI in Sharjah. Win and get in or lose to be eliminated is what their task ahead.
Kings XI Punjab:
After coming back strongly with five wins in a row, RR’s fighting chase had brought them down. Their next match is against CSK today. If they win today, they will finish with 14 points and with an NRR better than the loser of RCB vs DC which is going to play tomorrow. Even if they win today against CSK, they have to depend on either of the two scenarios.
- SRH to lose against MI (or)
- RR vs KKR, the winning team must not win with a bigger margin.
- If Punjab loses to CSK they will be eliminated.
They are coming back with two good fighting wins against MI and KXIP. The direct way for RR getting into the playoffs is to win against KKR today and Punjab to lose against CSK and Sunrisers lose to Mumbai Indians. Some long story is needed for RR to qualify for the playoffs. Even if they win today, they can get knocked if Punjab and SRH win as they have a better NRR than RR. If they lose they are eliminated today.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Their defeat against CSK is a huge blow for them at a crucial juncture. Since KKR has the second-lowest NRR(-0.467) and has the least qualification chances but they can qualify if they secure a win today.
The best they can do is to beat RR today and wait for KXIP and SRH to lose in their fixtures. In a clear picture, KKR and RR need a win with a big margin so that they can go in with a better NRR than KXIP and the loser of RCB vs DC.
The loser of KKR vs RR will be eliminated.