Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - IPL 2021: Qualification Scenarios. RCB need to win one of their last three matches to seal a place in the playoffs.
RCB need to win one of their last three matches to seal a place in the playoffs.
After 47 matches into the 14th edition of IPL, CSK and DC have assured of a spot in the playoffs while SRH have missed out for the first time since 2016. With nine matches left in the last week, five sides are still in contention for the remaining two places. Here's what each of the five sides has to do to assure of a qualification.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
After a shaky start to the UAE leg, RCB are back on track with thumping wins against MI and RR. With KKR's defeat to PBKS, all RCB would need is to win one of their three remaining matches. If they win all three of their remaining games and at least one of CSK or DC drop both their remaining games, RCB could even earn a top two spot. But without CSK or DC dropping games, it is unlikely RCB get a top two finish as their net run rate is so far behind the two sides above them. RCB can even get through even if they lose all their last three matches provided none of the other sides that could finish on 14 points pip them on net run rate.
Remaining games: vs PBKS (Oct 3), vs SRH (Oct 6), vs DC (Oct 8)
Kolkata Knight Riders
The untimely defeat in the hands of PBKS has thrown KKR's path to the playoffs in a spot, but MI's defeat to DC means, KKR's fate is back in their own hand. Should KKR win both their remaining matches, they should be through thanks to their superior net run rate of +0.302 compared to that of MI (-0.453) and PBKS (-0.236). They can even go through with one win should all of MI, RR and PBKS each lose at least one more match because of the superior net run rate to that of the other sides that could finish on 12 points. If KKR lose both their matches, they stand eliminated.
Remaining games: vs SRH (Oct 3), vs RR (Oct 7)
The win on Friday night has managed to put PBKS afloat though their path to qualification is more arduous than RCB, KKR and to an extent even RR. Their remaining matches are against CSK and RCB, two teams on the top half of the table. PBKS's best-case scenario would be them winning both their matches and each of MI, KKR and RR dropping one game each or RCB losing all three of theirs. Their qualification in the event of a 12-way tie does not look feasible because of a negative net run rate. If PBKS lose both their matches, they stand eliminated.
Remaining games: vs RCB (Oct 3), vs CSK (Oct 7)
After fortuitous victory against PBKS to kick off the UAE leg, RR has lost their way a touch with three defeats on the bounce. But the thumping win against table-toppers CSK means not only they still very much stay in contention but also have taken past their net run rate (-0.337) above that of MI. RR's best-case scenario would be to beat both MI and KKR and one of the two to unfold – either PBKS lose at least one of their games or RCB lose all three of theirs and their net run rate drops below that of RR. Like PBKS, their qualification in the event of a 12-way tie does not look feasible because of a negative net run rate. If RR lose both their matches, they stand eliminated.
Remaining games: vs MI (Oct 5), vs KKR (Oct 7)
They got a fresh lease of life when PBKS defeated KKR on Friday, but that life proved short when they lost to DC on Saturday. They can still get to 14 points but their net run rate of -0.453 is the lowest among the five teams that are in contention which could put their qualification in jeopardy if other sides tie them on points. The best-case scenario for them will be to get to beat both RR and SRH and hope PBKS lose at least one of their remaining games and RR beat KKR if KKR gets the better of SRH. They are unlikely go through with one win because of their vastly inferior net run rate. If MI lose both their matches, they stand eliminated.
Remaining games: vs RR (Oct 5), vs SRH (Oct 8)