IPL 2024 Play-off Scenarios: SRH vs GT IPL Game Cleared. What happens to CSK and RCB's playoff chances?


IPL 2024 Play-off Scenarios: SRH vs GT IPL Game Cleared.  What happens to CSK and RCB's playoff chances?

IPL 2024: Heavy rain at the venue of the SRH vs GT match in Hyderabad on Thursday.©Twitter




The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 on Thursday welcomed its third play-off team in SunRisers Hyderabad. SRH's match against Gujarat Titans in Hyderabad on Thursday was abandoned due to rain. This meant that SRH reached 15 points in 13 matches to be assured of finishing among the top 4 in the IPL 2024 points table. The IPL 2024 playoff race will be extremely impacted due to the washout. So far, Kolkata Knight Riders (19 points from 13 matches) and Rajasthan Royals (16 points from 13 matches) have qualified. Delhi Capitals (14 points from 14 matches, -0.377) became the latest team to be eliminated while Lucknow Super Giants (12 points from 13 matches, NRR -0.787) have only a faint hope of qualify, but their low net run rate is a big deterrent.

The real race is now between Chennai Super Kings (14 points from 13 matches, NRR +0.528), Royal Challengers Bengaluru (12 points from 13 matches, NRR +0.387).

RCB vs CSK

The RCB vs CSK match in Bengaluru on Saturday then turns into a knockout with only one of the two teams progressing.

The Ruturaj Gaikwad-led team is best placed to clinch the fourth playoff spot. A victory against RCB on Saturday will see them through. If RR and SRH lose their final matches against KKR and Punjab Kings respectively, CSK can also dream of a top-two finish, provided they have a better net run rate.

They can also advance even if they lose to RCB. For this, the team must ensure that the losing margin is not large. This will see their NRR remain better than RCB and hence finish above their rivals in the final points table.

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The team led by Faf du Plessis must win the final match to have a chance of clinching the final playoff spot. And not just win, they need to triumph by a good margin to ensure their success rate remains higher than CSK.

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