IPL 2024 Points Table: Mumbai Indians out of playoff race? Win vs Sunrisers Hyderabad takes them to…

IPL 2024 Points Table: Mumbai Indians out of playoff race?  Win vs Sunrisers Hyderabad takes them to...

Mumbai Indians defeat Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2024 match©AFP

Mumbai Indians kept their IPL 2024 playoff dreams alive with a crucial win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday. The win took Mumbai Indians to ninth place with 8 points from 12 matches with a Net Run Rate (NRR) of -0.212. Although MI's chances of reaching the playoffs remain slim, the victory means that wins in the remaining two matches will give them a chance of finishing in the Top 4. Sunrisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, remain fourth with 12 points in 11 matches. .

Here's a look at the three conditions that can lead MI to reach the IPL playoffs:

Condition 1: Above all, the Hardik Pandya-led team needs to win all of their remaining two matches in the IPL 2024 championship campaign. MI are next expected to face Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants.

Condition 2: I hope no other team crosses the 12-point mark in the IPL 2024 standings. At present, SRH, LSG and CSK already have 12 points to their name. Therefore, at least two of these franchises will have to lose their remaining matches in the league campaign. With KKR and RR already sitting at first and second place respectively with 16 points each, it is impossible for Mumbai Indians to topple them. In fact, big wins against other teams for KKR and RR would only benefit MI.

Condition 3: Mumbai Indians currently have a net run rate of -0.212. Even if MI win all their remaining matches, they will have to do so by large margins in order to achieve a positive NRR.

But that might not be enough if other teams' NRR at 12 points is better than MI. While you never say never in a sport like cricket, it is fair to say that Mumbai Indians' chances of qualifying for the IPL 2024 playoffs do not inspire much hope in the hearts of their fans.

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