IPL 2024 playoff race: No chance for RCB, experts have four common picks

The race for the IPL 2024 playoffs is now gathering pace. While Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals have already secured their spots, a total of five teams are still in the race for the remaining two spots. Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Lucknow Super Giants are the teams fighting for the top 4. Among the remaining crucial matches will be the RCB vs CSK match in Bangalore on May 18.

While the winner of the match will move closer to the IPL 2024 playoffs, the losing team will be eliminated from the tournament. Former Indian stars Irfan Pathan, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammad Kaif and former Australia players Matthew Hayden and Tom Moody told Star Sports as quoted by Hindustan Times that it would be CSK and not RCB who would qualify for the playoffs.

“Kolkata, Rajasthan, Hyderabad and…Chennai Super Kings are my picks. Because I think CSK will find one way or the other to qualify for the playoffs. They are a heritage team” , said Irfan Pathan.

Meanwhile, former CSK star Ambati Rayudu said, “My top four predictions at the moment will be KKR at the top, followed by Chennai Super Kings at second. RR and SRH the other two.”

Mohammad Kaif, who also has the experience of playing 29 IPL matches, said: “At the top for me, it would be KKR. At the second tier, there would be (Rajasthan) Royals. At the third, there would be (Sunrisers) Hyderabad and in 4th position I would bet on CSK because they know how to perform in big matches.”

“My top four, in no particular order, are… well, one of them actually qualified. KKR is certainly there. I'll go with Rajasthan Royals. They need to get over this bad slump they're in are (losing three matches in a row) Then I will choose Sunrisers Hyderabad since they will have their home matches and then CSK to win this derby against RCB on May 18,” said the former CSK player. Matthew Hayden.

“My top four in the playoffs would be KKR in first place, Rajasthan Royals in second, Sunrisers Hyderabad in third and just in fourth, Chennai Super Kings,” said former SRH coach Tom Moody.

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