The first qualifier and eliminator match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will be played between which teams, it has almost been decided. According to the current points table, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have officially reached the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is at number four in the points table. The last two league matches of IPL 2021 are to be played today. The first match will be between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians and the second match will be between Delhi Capitals and RCB. Let us tell you what will be the meaning of these two matches, can RCB register a win and make it to the top-2 or can Mumbai Indians reach the playoffs with a win?
What will Mumbai Indians have to do to reach the playoffs?
Defending champions Mumbai Indians have 12 points from 13 matches, while KKR have 14 points from 14 matches. If Mumbai Indians win against Sunrisers Hyderabad, then their account will also have 14 points in 14 matches, but in terms of net run rate, Mumbai Indians are far behind KKR. The net run rate of Mumbai Indians is -0.048, while that of KKR is +0.587. In such a situation, if Mumbai Indians win their last league match by at least 170 runs, only then will they be able to reach the playoffs. On the other hand, if Mumbai Indians get to bowl first, then the team will not be able to reach the playoffs in any way.
What will RCB have to do to reach the top 2?
RCB have 16 points in their account after 13 matches, while CSK, having played all their 14 matches, have 18 points in their account. Delhi Capitals has cemented its place at the top with 20 points. Now in such a situation, RCB can leave only CSK behind and reach the top-2. For this, RCB, led by Virat Kohli, will have to beat Delhi Capitals by 163 runs.
IPL 2021 First Qualifier and Eliminator Match
The first qualifier match is to be played in Dubai on October 10, this match is almost certain to be played between Delhi Capitals and CSK. The team winning the first qualifier will advance to the direct final. The Eliminator match between RCB and KKR is almost certain to be played on October 11. The losing team of Qualifier-1 and the winning team of the Eliminator match will compete in the second qualifier match on 13 October, where the team that wins will advance to the final.