IPL 2024: Playoffs qualification scenarios for RCB after victory over DC

May 13, 2024

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Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) have experienced a remarkable resurgence in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, marked by their recent string of five consecutive victories.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s resurgence

With 12 points accumulated from 13 matches, RCB, once deemed underdogs, have climbed to the fifth spot in the standings after defeating Delhi Capitals (DC) in their last outing. This surge not only reflects their improved performance but also signifies a renewed sense of confidence within the team.

Their recent series of impressive victories not only elevated their position in the table but also notably enhanced their Net Run Rate. Despite encountering considerable challenges in recent matches, RCB now stands as a strong contender for a playoff spot.

Pivotal encounter with Chennai Super Kings

As RCB vies for a playoff berth, their focus shifts to the forthcoming matches, with particular emphasis on their crucial encounter against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday (May 18). This match assumes paramount importance as RCB and CSK boast a marginal Net Run Rate (NRR) difference of 0.141. Their final group stage showdown holds the key to playoff qualification. Should RCB emerge victorious against CSK by a margin of 18 runs (batting first) or 11 balls (while chasing), Faf du Plessis and his squad will surpass CSK in NRR standings.

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Playoff scenarios and strategies

However, RCB’s playoff aspirations hinge on more than just their own performance. They must closely monitor the outcomes of matches involving Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), as victories for both teams would render RCB’s efforts insufficient. Additionally, RCB should keep a vigilant eye on the remaining games of DC and Gujarat Titans (GT), both of whom have the potential to reach 14 points. Although their chances are undermined by their considerably inferior Net Run Rates.

Playoffs picture hinges on the fate of SRH and LSG

If LSG register victory in just one of their remaining two matches, and both DC and GT maintain significantly lower NRR, the clash between RCB and CSK on May 18 will effectively become a virtual quarterfinal. Nevertheless, if SRH suffer defeat in both of their last two matches and LSG achieve only one win out of their remaining fixtures, RCB’s passage to the playoffs will rely solely on securing a victory. This scenario arises as SRH will then inevitably possess an inferior NRR compared to RCB.

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