IPL Playoffs: Exact score RCB needs in case of 5 or 10-a-side match against CSK

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) have their destiny in their hands as they take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a bid to qualify for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 qualifiers. With the threat of rain looming also threatens this match, the Bengaluru team's chances of qualifying are not that simple. RCB's margin of victory must also be strong, and if rain pours down, reducing the duration of the match, the scenario will become even more complicated. Depending on the length of the match, the qualification chances would change

RCB did well in the second half of the campaign, producing 5 wins in a row to find themselves with a real chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Some of the results achieved by Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants and other franchises have also helped RCB in their quest. But now the situation is in their hands, provided the rain does not spoil the match.

In case a full contest of 20 overs is played, RCB is expected to win by 18 runs or more, provided they score 200 runs by batting first. In case of a 5-run contest, RCB should restrict CSK to a maximum of 62 runs if they score 80 by batting first.

In the event that the competition is reduced, here is how the qualifying scenario would change:

The washed out contest between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans has made the picture quite clear for RCB. Had GT beaten SRH in this match, two playoff spots would have been up for grabs.

Now, RCB needs to win the match to have a chance at the last available spot. For CSK, they could still qualify even if they lose. The only condition is that their Net Run-rate does not fall below the RCB.

A defeat against the Bengaluru side does not guarantee the Super Kings' elimination from the playoff race. Since the net execution rate for Ruturaj Gaikwad-the led side is better than Faf du Plessis & Co, even a close defeat against RCB would be enough to put CSK through.

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