So far, in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League only Gujarat Titans with 18 points have qualified for the playoffs. Now, after Lucknow Super Giants were defeated by Rajasthan Royals, the playoff scenario got a little complicated.The following result led to the two teams exchanging places in the IPL table, with RR taking the second place that was occupied by LSG and the latter moving down, while it placed GT on top giving it a 4 points strength to end in the top 2. Meanwhile, 7 teams that are LSG, RR, PBKS, DC, KKR, SRH, and RCB are still fighting to reserve their berths in the top 4 teams for the qualifier. Here let’s take a look at the playoff scenarios for the rest of 3 spots.
The Giants are currently at 16 points in 13 matches, NRR: 0.262 and are the 3rd strongest team after GT and RR. With as many points as RR, they are also just as strongly placed to make it to the playoffs. They have one match left against KKR, one of the teams who still have an outside chance to make it to the top four. If LSG gets knocked out, they will have to lose big in their next which is their last game of the season with the difference being more than 75 runs.
RCB- Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB have one match left this season and against Gujarat Titans. While they are currently placed fourth, the fact that they have a net run rate of -0.323 will be a disadvantage for them. To secure a berth in the playoffs, they will have to beat Gujarat Titans and get to 16 points themselves and even then, there is a chance that they could be pipped by DC.
DC- Delhi Capitals
To qualify, DC will have to win 2 of their remaining matches. If they win both of their next two matches, they will reach 16 points and could possibly replace RCB in fourth place.