How RCB's chances look in IPL 2024 playoffs after breaking six-game losing streak against SRH | Cricket


Royal Challengers Bengaluru seemed to have found a ray of hope on Thursday after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. It was their first win in exactly a month, after their last win against Punjab Kings at home at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, as RCB ended their six-game losing streak in IPL 2024. Although the victory brought no change to their position in the points table, where they remain bottom of the table with just four points from nine games, it definitely increased their chances of making the playoffs, which as strange as that may seem, without even worrying about the net run rate.

How can RCB make the IPL 2024 playoffs?

Royal Challengers Bengaluru captain Faf du Plessis and teammate Virat Kohli (left) run between the wickets during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bengaluru(AFP)

Above all, the first two places in the table are out of the question for RCB. They are at least third or fourth in the points table at the end of the league stage, given they win the remaining five matches, which will leave them with a total of 14 points, enough to likely secure their place in the playoffs. without the net execution rate playing a role.

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For RCB to finish fourth, they need the top three teams, currently Rajasthan Royals, Horsemen Knights of Calcutta And Sunrisers Hyderabad, to win as many of their remaining matches as possible. If RR and KKR can afford at least two losses and one for SSR, they will finish at 22, 20 and 20 points respectively. This implies that RCB can easily qualify for the playoffs as the fourth team with 14 points.

However, there is also a grim possibility of finishing third on the table, which will require Kolkata and Hyderabad to suffer a strange dip in form and win just one of their remaining matches to finish on 12 points. Simultaneously, if Lucknow Super Giants manage to start with five wins from their remaining six matches, thereby amassing 20 points, RCB can qualify for the playoffs as the third team with 14 points.

Why does RCB's qualification hope for the IPL 2024 playoffs seem a possibility?

The Faf du Plessis-led side, who beat in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad, will next face Gujarat Titans twice before taking on Punjab Kings. GT are currently under pressure after a rather inconsistent run in the IPL 2024 so far, where they have claimed four wins in nine matches so far to place seventh in the table. Meanwhile, Punjab Kings are struggling to find their rhythm after losing six of their last seven matches, including a four-game losing streak.

If RCB can manage a three-game winning streak, including one at home (against GT) and the other (against PBKS) in Dharamsala, a batting paradise, they can build momentum to take on tougher challenges in the capitals of Delhi and Chennai Super. Kings in their last two matches, both of which will be played at the Chinnaswamy.

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