New Delhi. Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets to keep their hopes of reaching the IPL 2022 playoffs alive. However, Delhi Capitals will decide whether RCB will reach the playoffs or not. Delhi’s team has to play its last league match against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. If Delhi’s team loses this match, then it will have 14 points in 14 matches and with 16 points, RCB will become the fourth team to reach the playoffs. But, it would have been the opposite and if Delhi Capitals won this match, then they would be equal to RCB with 16 points in 14 matches. If Delhi’s net run rate is better than Bangalore, then on the basis of that, the Delhi team led by Rishabh Pant will win.
That is, the real match of IPL 2022 will be between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, the result of which will decide whether the fourth team of the playoff will be RCB or Delhi Capitals. At present, RCB’s team is fourth and Delhi Capitals is at fifth position in the points table.
The victory of Royal Challengers Bangalore has ended the chances of Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad reaching the top-four. That is, these two teams have been out of the playoff race. Let me tell you how it happened. Punjab team has played 13 matches so far. It has 12 points with 6 wins and 7 losses. He has to play one more match in the league stage. Which is against Sunrisers Hyderabad and the condition of Hyderabad is also like Punjab. He also has 12 points in 13 matches with 6 wins.
In such a situation, whichever team wins this match, it will have a maximum of 14 points. In such a situation, neither of these two teams will be able to make it to the 4 places of the playoffs. Because the teams in the top-4 have 16 or more points and all their matches have been done. That is, now these teams cannot go below this.
RCB’s road to playoff difficult
Top-ranked Gujarat Titans have 20 points from 14 matches, second-placed Lucknow Super Giants have 18 points in 14 matches and third-placed Rajasthan Royals have 16 points from 13 matches with 8 wins. Bangalore also has 16 points equal to Rajasthan. Rajasthan has to play its last league match against Chennai Super Kings today. Even if the Rajasthan team loses this match, then it will have 16 points and will still be ahead of Hyderabad-Punjab. Their net run rate is also better than them and if Delhi beats Mumbai in their last league match, then they will also have 16 points and Bangalore already has 16 points.
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That is, three teams Rajasthan Royal, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals will have 16-16 points. The net run rate of Bangalore is (-0.253), while the net run rate of Rajasthan and Delhi are in plus. In such a situation, the teams of Rajasthan and Delhi will reach the playoffs if they have equal points and the ambitions of Bangalore will be left unfulfilled.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 20, 2022, 10:52 IST