IPL Playoff Scenarios: Hunting for the Last Spot – Who Will Win the Race? | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Sunrisers Hyderabad clinched their place in the IPL 2024 playoffs after their match against Gujarat Titans was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday. The washout allowed both teams to share a point each, propelling Hyderabad to third place in the points table with 15 points.
Gujarat Titans, who were already knocked out of the play-off race earlier in the week after their match against Kolkata Knight Riders was also abandoned due to rain, now find themselves completely out of the competition.
With this result, the reigning champions Super Kings of Chennaicurrently fourth, and Royal Challengers Bangalore are now leading the race for the final play-off place. Both teams are preparing for a crucial meeting that could determine their playoff fate.
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As the IPL season reaches its climax, the battle for the final play-off position heats up. With four league matches remaining, here's everything that's possible IPL Playoff Scenarios:
*KKR is already assured of first place
*If RR win their final match against KKR, they will be guaranteed the only second place with 18 points. If they lose, they remain on 16 points, which means SRH can overtake them by winning against PBKS. They are sure to qualify, but they have to win if they want second place.
* With 15 points, SRH has its fate in its hands. Win the last match and finish alone second or third with 17 points depending on the result of the KKR-RR match. If they lose the last match, RR will be on top and CSK can take the lead by beating RCB. They will then finish fourth
* CSK at 14 also has its destiny in its hands. If they win against RCB, they finish with 16 points, and at worst fourth place
* RCB must win against CSK to stand a chance. This would take them to 14 points, tied with CSK and DC behind KKR, RR and SRH. LSG could also be tied at 14, but the good news for RCB is that they have a much better NRR than DC or LSG. So in fact, RCB needs to close the NRR gap with CSK to beat them to the fourth spot. It's not a big ask. In a 200-run chase, they should win in 18.1 overs. If they bat first and score 200, they will have to restrict CSK to 182 or less.
* DC is effectively out of the game since KKR, RR and SRH are already ahead. If CSK wins against RCB, they too will be in the lead. Otherwise, RCB will match DC's 14 points with a higher NRR
* LSG are not completely excluded, in theory. If they beat MI and RCB beat CSK, they can be tied for fourth place with 14 points. But their NRR is so much worse than that of CSK and RCB that it is only a theoretical possibility.
* In short, KKR, RR and SRH are guaranteed to qualify and one of CSK and RCB will join them in the last four (not necessarily the winner of the match between the two).

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