IPL 2023: Rain… MI and RCB, a big twist in the playoff race

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Torrential rain in Kolkata

The playoff battle in IPL 2023 has already shown itself to be quite interesting. The league stage is in the last stage so far, only the Gujarat Titans team has been able to qualify for the playoffs. The main race is currently between Lucknow Super Giants, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians. Now the rain has also entered this environment. Lucknow Super Giants shared a video on their official Twitter account on Friday night in which the entire Eden Gardens ground is covered with covers and it is raining heavily. If this match that takes place on Saturday is washed away by rain, then one of the CSK, RCB or Mumbai Indians teams will have to take their direct loss.

Delhi Capitals will have a match with Chennai Super Kings on Saturday afternoon. Delhi is already out, but if CSK lose here, their case will be difficult. Then the afternoon match to be held between KKR and Lucknow Super Giants, if it rains then Lucknow will have 16 points, but CSK with 15 points may be in trouble. If CSK wins, they will qualify directly for the playoffs. In this condition, even if Mumbai Indians and RCB win their last matches, they will still have to compete with Lucknow Supergiants in terms of net run rate.

Whose net run rate is better?

If we assume that CSK goes to the playoffs by defeating Delhi and if the Lucknow match is cancelled. In that case, Lucknow will have 16 points. Whose net runrate is currently 0.30. On the other hand, Mumbai’s match is with Sunrisers on Sunday, who can win 16 points. Your net run rate is now -0.12. In the last league game, RCB will face Gujarat, even if RCB wins here, they will also end up with 16 points. RCB’s current net run rate is 0.18. I mean, right now, Mumbai’s net run rate is the worst. In this situation, if the Mumbai team records a small victory, even after winning, they may be out of the playoff race.

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What does the weather forecast say?

According to AccuWeather, there will be a chance of rain in Kolkata until 6 pm During this, maximum 50-60 percent rainfall will continue. After that, however, the chances of rain are less. But if it rains all day, then the atmosphere at night can also be bad. In such a situation, rain may disturb the match between Kolkata and Lucknow. This season, only one match was suspended due to rain in which Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants scored 1-1 points. This match was played in Lucknow and could not be completed. Now once again the threat of rain looms over the Lucknow match.

full weekend schedule


  • Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals 15:30 Delhi
  • KKR vs Lucknow Super Giants, 19:30, Kolkata


  • Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 3:30 PM Mumbai
  • RCB vs Gujarat Titans, 19:30, Bangalore

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