Delhi Capitals have also reached the playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Delhi is the second team to reach the playoffs in IPL 14 on Friday after Punjab Kings’ victory over Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai was the first team after Super Kings to reach the playoffs. Now the race for the playoffs has become very interesting. After Delhi and Chennai, two more teams have to reach the playoffs of IPL. Let’s try to find out which two other teams can be, which can reach the playoffs.
After defeating KKR, Punjab Kings have reached the fifth position in the points table of IPL 14. The chances of Royal Challengers Bangalore reaching the IPL playoffs are almost perfect. So the real fight is for the fourth place in the playoffs. There are 4 contenders in the fray for this. Sunrisers Hyderabad is already out of the race for the playoffs. Mumbai Indians can qualify for the playoffs by winning all the 3 matches. With Punjab Kings winning both the remaining matches, it will be expected that KKR and Mumbai Indians lose one match each. The chances of Rajasthan Royals reaching the playoffs are slim. But if he wins his remaining three matches, then there can be a chance for him too.
Talking about RCB, so far in IPL 14, they have won 7 matches in 11 matches. With 14 points, he is at number three in the points table. If he wins even one match in his remaining 3 matches, then he will easily reach the playoffs. Friday’s defeat to Punjab Kings has made KKR’s chances of reaching the playoffs quite challenging. KKR will have to win both their remaining matches and also hope that Mumbai and Punjab do not win their remaining matches. If Mumbai wins all their 3 matches then they will reach the playoffs and KKR will be knocked out.
Talking about the match played on Friday, Punjab Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets in a thrilling match. The target of 166 runs given by KKR was achieved by the Punjab team with three balls to spare. Captain KL Rahul played a brilliant innings of 67 runs while opener Mayank Agarwal contributed 40 runs. Earlier, batting first after losing the toss, Kolkata made a total of 165 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. Venkatesh Iyer scored the highest 67 runs for the team.