The playoff race in IPL 2023 has become more interesting after RCB’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Royal Challengers Bangalore have captured the fourth position in the points table after recording an impressive 8 wicket victory over Hyderabad. This RCB victory has caused a direct defeat to the Mumbai Indians and the team has dropped out of the top-4. Not just this, RCB’s victory has also troubled Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants. Faced with such a situation, it will now be mandatory for all these teams to win their last game.
If we talk about the points table, after this win, RCB has 14 points equal to Mumbai Indians. But Bangalore team has come in fourth place due to good net run rate. On Sunday, Mumbai will face Sunrisers and RCB will face Gujarat Titans. After that match, we can know the fourth team of the IPL playoffs. Before that, Lucknow and Chennai will also have their final matches. If both teams lose there, danger bells will ring for one of them. CSK will take on Delhi Capitals on May 20, while the Lucknow team will take on KKR.
What are the latest playoff equations?
If seen from the second position of the points table, then CSK have to play their last league match against Delhi. If the team wins here, it will definitely make it to the playoffs. If Delhi surprises CSK as Punjab as well, then it will have to wait until the last picture. The Lucknow Super Giants scenario is also similar. He has to play the last game against KKR. If he wins then the playoffs or else he will also have to wait. Chennai and Lucknow have 15-15 points. Mumbai Indians will play their last game against Sunrisers on Sunday. A win there can earn the team a ticket to the playoffs. If CSK and Lucknow win the match. And RCB wins the two remaining games. So Mumbai and RCB can come in with 16-16 points. In this situation, you can also see the net run rate game.
Screw may get stuck for Chennai and Lucknow
The rest of the Rajasthan, KKR and Punjab games seem to end after an RCB win here. If RCB loses the last match and Mumbai also loses the last match. On the other hand, Rajasthan, Punjab and KKR win their last match. Then, when you get to 14 stitches on the last one, the screw can get stuck. From there, the team with the best net runrate will qualify. That is to say, in that situation, CSK and Lucknow can reach the playoffs even after losing their last game. There is also an equation that if RCB and Mumbai win their remaining matches, both teams will have 16-16 points. In this condition, on the other hand, Chennai and Lucknow lose their last matches. In that case, only a team from Chennai or Lucknow will be able to go to the playoffs. Only 15-15 brands of both will remain in that situation. That is, the game is still completely open. It may be too early to say that apart from Gujarat any team will surely go.