IPL Playoffs: Equation of IPL playoffs, tussle among 5 teams for second place, know whose path is easier

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: Almost 90 percent of the matches have been played in IPL and the picture of playoffs has also become clear. Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have made it to the playoffs. If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins Thursday's match, it will also secure its place in the top-4. After this, there will be one place left in the top-4, for which at least 4 teams are in the race. These four teams include Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Supergiants.

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In IPL 2024, there is a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans on Thursday. Hyderabad team is at fourth position in the points table with 14 points in 12 matches. A win will cement its place in the playoffs. If SRH loses to Gujarat then they will have to wait for their last match to reach the playoffs. His 14th match is with Punjab Kings. Overall, one thing is clear that the fate of SRH is in its hands. Victory will take them to the top-4. Yes, if it loses then it will definitely get entangled in Neternet's equation.

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Chennai Super Kings' claim strong
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) also has a strong claim to go to the playoffs. He currently has 14 points in 13 matches. Chennai's run rate is 0.528 which would be considered quite good. CSK has to play Royal Challengers Bangalore in the league stage. If it wins, it will easily reach the playoffs with 16 points. If CSK loses, its fate will also be entangled in ifs and buts. That means the fourth team of the playoff will be decided on the basis of run rate.

RCB needs to win at any cost
If Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) wants to make it to the playoffs, they will have to defeat Chennai Super Kings at all costs. RCB's victory margin should also be at least 18 runs (if the team's score is 200 runs). If Bengaluru team bats later then it will have to win in 18.1 overs. By the time RCB and CSK compete, Lucknow Supergiants will have played both their matches. This will make it clear to RCB how much hope they have of going to the playoffs.

The impossible route of Delhi-Lucknow
Delhi Capitals have 14 points (-0.377 netrunrate) from 14 matches. Lucknow Supergiants have 12 points (-0.787 netrunrate) after 13 matches. In the points table, Delhi is at fifth place and Lucknow is at seventh place. It seems very difficult for these two to reach the fourth position. However it cannot be called impossible.

Delhi Capitals will reach the playoffs only if Sunrisers Hyderabad loses both its matches and the margin of defeat (both matches) is at least 194 runs. Apart from this, they will have to hope that the Chennai team defeats Bengaluru. The path to the playoffs for Lucknow is more difficult than for Delhi. For this, he will have to defeat Mumbai Indians by at least 200 runs and hope that the results of Hyderabad and Chennai are as per his equation.

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