WPL 2023: RCB’s bad luck hasn’t changed, what are the knockout equations

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WPL 2023: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has been one of the most unlucky teams in Indian Premier League (IPL) history. This team always had a stock of star players but from 2008 to 2022 the team failed to win the title even once. Something similar is being seen in the first edition of the Women’s Premier League (WPL). RCB made a great team here too. Smriti Mandhana became the most expensive player in the league. Besides her, Indian stars Richa Ghosh, Renuka Thakur also became a part of this team. Not only this, Australian star Ellyse Perry, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine are also part of this team. But the result could not change, the team lost five consecutive opening games.

If we talk about the points table, even the RCB account is not open. The team has lost all of its first five games. In the league stage of this tournament, each team has to play 8-8 games. In this context, RCB’s path to reach the final or the tie has become complicated. On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians led by Harmanpreet Kaur are unbeatable after playing four matches and are on top. Other than this, Delhi Capitals, led by world champion captain Meg Lanning, is also in second place with four wins. Where the Smriti Mandhana team has not even been able to open an account, the Gujarat Giants, captained by Sneh Rana, have won only one out of 4 matches.

latest point table update

Mumbai Indians are on top with 8 points after winning all four of their matches. So, Delhi Capitals, who have won four out of five matches, also have 8 points and are in second place. UP Warriors won two of 4 matches and lost in two. This Deepti Sharma team is in third place with 4 points. Apart from this, Gujarat Giants have won only one game out of 4 and are in the fourth position with 2 points. The RCB team, which is considered the biggest to lose all five games, is in the last, that is, fifth place without opening an account. Now RCB have to play their next game against UP Warriors on March 15. It remains to be seen if the team’s account opens here or the team will be left out of the race for the round of 16 after losing this last opportunity.

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What are the elimination equations?

Now, if we talk about the playoff equation, first let us tell you that the format of this league is such that at the end of the league stage, the first team on the points table will go directly to the final. There will be a knockout match between the number two and number three ranked teams. The winner of this match will face the former in the final on March 26. I mean, looking at the latest situation, Mumbai and Delhi seem to be in a very strong position. On the other hand, there is a fight between UP and Gujarat for the third position. If RCB wins all of their remaining three matches and UP wins one of their remaining four matches and Gujarat wins two of four, then all three teams will have 6-6 points. There, the decision will be made on the basis of the net run rate. Otherwise, if RCB loses the next game, their hopes will almost be over.

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