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IPL Playoffs: Who will claim the final spot?

By Akanksha - May 17, 2024 - Last updated on May 17, 2024 11:49 AM
IPL Playoffs: Who will claim the final spot?

Due to heavy rain at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday, Sunrisers Hyderabad's match against Gujarat Titans was abandoned without a ball being bowled, guaranteeing their spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs. Hyderabad moved up to third position in the points standings with 15 points after the washout, with both teams sharing a point apiece.

Gujarat Titans are no longer in the running for the playoffs. Earlier in the week, their match against Kolkata Knight Riders was also called off due to rain, and as a result, they were eliminated from contention.

As a result, the Royal Challengers Bengaluru and the reigning champion Chennai Super Kings, who are now in fourth position, are now in the lead for the last playoff berth. Both teams are preparing for an important game that might decide which of them advances to the postseason.

Possible IPL playoff scenarios

1. KKR is already guaranteed to take the top slot.

2. With 18 points, RR will secure the solitary second slot if they win their last game against KKR. If they lose, they will still have 16 points, which means SRH may pass them if they triumph against PBKS. They will undoubtedly qualify, but a victory is necessary to secure the second position.

3. SRH holds the power to decide their future with 15 points. Win the last game to tie for solo second or third place with 17 points, depending on how the KKR-RR game turns out. If they lose the last game, RR will lead and CSK can overtake RCB. At that point, they will place fourth.

4. At 14, CSK also holds the power to decide their fate. They finish with 16 points and, at worst, fourth place if they defeat RCB.

5. For RCB to have a chance, they must defeat CSK. They would then tie CSK and DC for 14 points, one point behind KKR, RR, and SRH. Although LSG may also tie at 14, RCB is in a stronger position than both DC and LSG in terms of net run rate. To go ahead of CSK to the fourth position, RCB must effectively close the NRR difference with them. It's not too much to ask. They would need to win in 18.1 overs to chase 200 runs. They would have to limit CSK to 182 runs or fewer if they were to bat first and score 200.

6. With KKR, RR, and SRH already ahead, DC are essentially out of it. They'll be ahead too if CSK defeats RCB. Otherwise, with a better NRR, RCB will match DC's 14 points.

7. In principle, LSG is not completely out of it. They may share the fourth position on 14 points if they defeat MI and RCB defeats CSK. However, since their NRR is so much lower than RCB's and CSK's, this is only a hypothetical scenario.

8. Either CSK or RCB will join KKR, RR, and SRH in the last four, but it's not certain that the victor of their respective games will join them.

IPL Pointable

Kolkata Knight Riders 13 9 3 19 +1.428
Rajasthan Royals 13 8 5 16 +0.273
Sunrisers Hyderabad 13 7 5 15 +0.406
Chennai Super Kings 13 7 6 14 +0.528
Delhi Capitals 14 7 7 14 -0.377
Royal Challengers Bengaluru 13 6 7 12 +0.387
Lucknow Super Giants 13 6 7 12 -0.787
Gujarat Titans 14 5 7 12 -1.063
Punjab Kings 13 5 8 10 -0.347
Mumbai Indians 13 4 9 8 -0.271

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