New Delhi. IPL 2021 has now reached the last round. There are seven matches left in the league stage and the three teams that have secured a place in the playoff (IPL 2021 Playoffs Equations) have been decided. This includes Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). But which will be the fourth team? The screw is stuck in this. Four teams Punjab Kings (PBKS), Mumbai Indians (MI), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KRR) are fighting for the fourth place in the playoffs.
After defeating Sunrisers in the last match, KKR’s path to playoff has become easy. Kolkata has moved to the fourth position with 12 points, while Punjab, Mumbai and Rajasthan have an equal number of 10 points. Nevertheless, the hopes of these teams remain intact. For this one has to understand the complete math of playoffs.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan’s KKR have won 6 out of 13 matches so far and have 12 points. KKR are currently at the fourth position in the points table and have one league match left. If KKR wins the last league match against Rajasthan Royals, then it will have 14 points and the team will reach the playoffs.
Even if Kolkata loses the last league match against Rajasthan, it will still have a way to reach the playoffs on the basis of its better run rate. However, this will happen only if Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals lose at least one of their remaining 2 league matches. If this happens, then both these teams will also have 12 points equal to Kolkata in 14 matches. Both these teams have worse run rate than Kolkata. In such a situation, KKR will make it to the last 4 on the basis of good run rate.
KKR’s last league match: KKR vs RR (October 7 Sharjah)
Punjab Kings: After losing the previous match against RCB by 6 runs, Kings’ hopes of reaching the playoffs have become a bit hazy. The best position for Punjab was that they would have won both their last league matches. But after the defeat against RCB, this opportunity was lost in their hands.
Now KL Rahul’s army will have to depend on many other factors to make it to the playoffs. The first is that he has to win his last league match against Chennai Super Kings on 7 October by a big margin. With this win, the team will have 12 points. After this, he will have to wait for the results of the matches of Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.
Punjab has 10 points from 13 matches and at present, the team is at the fifth position in the points table after KKR. But his net run rate is -0.241, which is better than Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians. However, his chances of making it to the playoffs are slim.
Punjab Kings last league match: CSK vs PBKS (October 7, Dubai)
Rajasthan Royals: The picture of the playoffs for Rajasthan Royals is quite clear. Currently, the team is in the sixth position in the points table with 12 points. The team will have to win both their last league matches to make it to the last four. After winning both the matches, Rajasthan will have 14 points. Rajasthan has to face Mumbai Indians on 5 October, while on 7 October they will face KKR.
If Rajasthan manages to beat Mumbai, then the IPL journey of the defending champions will come to an end. At the same time, the match against KKR will be like a knockout. Whichever team wins this match will go straight to the playoffs. However, for this, Rajasthan will have to first defeat Mumbai Indians.
Last 2 league matches of Rajasthan Royals: RR vs MI (October 5, Sharjah), KKR vs RR (October 7, Sharjah)
Mumbai Indians: Defending champions Mumbai Indians are in danger of being eliminated from the league stage for the first time since 2018. Mumbai’s chances of becoming the fourth team in the playoffs will be strengthened after winning the last two league matches against Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. But it is not that just by winning two matches, Mumbai will reach the playoffs.
Mumbai’s net run rate is -0.453, which is worse than the other three teams. In such a situation, the eyes of Mumbai will be on the performance of KKR. If KKR loses the last league match, then Mumbai Indians will have to win the remaining two matches to exclude Rajasthan and Punjab from the claim of the playoffs. After winning these matches, Mumbai will have 14 points.
Last 2 league matches of Mumbai Indians: RR vs MI (October 5, Sharjah); MI vs SRH (October 8, Abu Dhabi)