Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s (RCB) fifth consecutive victory of the season after they beat Delhi Capitals by 47 runs on Sunday, race for the Playoffs has become pretty interesting in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The victory has now taken RCB’s overall points tally to 12 from 13 matches with a Net Run Rate (NRR) of +0.387.

RCB will lock horns with 5-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their next match. The crucial match could be a virtual knockout contest between the two sides. While the winner of the contest will enter the playoffs, the loser will be knocked out.

CSK are currently lagging on the third spot in the points table with seven wins in 13 matches. Their NRR stands at +0.528. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), who have an additional game in hand, have 14 points on the board with seven victories in 12 matches. SRH’s NRR stands at +0.406.

Playoffs scenarios

SRH will take on Gujarat Titans (GT) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their next two games. A single win in might take them to the playoffs as they already have 14 points with an impressive NRR.

Meanwhile, LSG need to both of their remaining matches as the NRR is quite poor at -0.769.

RCB’s chances

RCB would want SRH winning one or both of their matches to take the third spot in the points table and LSG not winning more than one. The final spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs would then depend on the match between CSK and RCB, with the contest turning into a virtual eliminator in the playoffs race.

RCB will surpass CSK’s run-rate if they manage to beat them by 18 runs or more. If RCB are given a target of 201, they’ll have to chase it down with roughly 11 balls remaining.