Battle for number 2… KKR may face SRH or CSK in Qualifier 1

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Hyderabad will face Punjab Kings in its last match. Chennai faces RCB on Sunday

New Delhi. Sunrisers Hyderabad has reached the IPL playoffs. It has become the third team after KKR and Rajasthan Royals to reach the playoffs. With this, the RCB vs CSK match to be played on Sunday has become like a knockout. The team that wins this match will become the fourth team to qualify for the playoffs. But now the fight for number two is more discussed than RCB vs CSK. It has been decided that Kolkata Knight Riders will play Qualifier 1 while being at number one. But the fight for second place has intensified. In Qualifier One, the team of Chennai or Hyderabad will face KKR.

Chennai Super Kings have 14 points in 13 matches. Chennai is currently at fourth place in the points table. If Punjab Kings beats Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match then CSK can make it to the top 2. KKR should beat Rajasthan Royals and CSK should beat RCB in their last match. In such a situation, CSK will have 16 points in 14 matches, while Hyderabad will have only 15 points, Rajasthan will have 16 points and KKR will have 21 points.

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Hyderabad can also remain in top 2
On the other hand, Hyderabad Sunrisers managed to reach the playoffs with 15 points but they also have a chance to be in the top 2. This will be possible for Hyderabad only if Hyderabad beats Punjab Kings in its last match and Kolkata Knight Riders beats Rajasthan. Royals. After defeating Punjab, Hyderabad will have 17 points while Rajasthan will not be able to go beyond 16 points after the defeat. There is also an equation that if RCB wants to get the playoff ticket, then it will first have to win the match against CSK by 18 runs i.e. 11 balls.

The winner of Qualifier 1 will enter directly into the finals.
In the IPL playoffs, the top two teams get two chances to reach the finals. Qualifier 1 is played between the top two teams, with the winning team entering directly into the final, while the losing team faces the winning team of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2. The team that wins this match faces the winning team of Qualifier 1 in the final.

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