IPL 2022 Playoffs Scenarios: Lucknow Super Giants became the second team to reach the playoffs after registering a two-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday. Before LSG, Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans have made their place in the playoffs. Now for the remaining two positions, there will be an exciting battle between Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. So far 66 matches have been played in IPL 2022 in which only two teams have reached the playoffs, through the next four matches of the league stage, two other teams will make it to the playoffs. Let’s know how the equation of playoff changed after the victory of Lucknow-
Rajasthan Royals ahead in playoff race
Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals are third in the points table with 16 points. RR’s last match is against Chennai Super Kings on 20 May. If Rajasthan win their last match, they will qualify for the playoffs straight away, while if they lose to CSK, the net run rate will get stuck. RR has a net run rate of +0.304 after 13 matches. If the team loses to Chennai by a small margin, then their chances of reaching the playoffs will be high as Rajasthan’s run rate is much better than the rest of the teams.
Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians match will decide the fate of other teams
The last match of the Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals is against Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians on May 21. If Delhi manages to beat Mumbai, they will qualify for the playoffs by spoiling the game of RCB, Punjab and Hyderabad. Delhi is currently on the fourth position with 14 points, after beating Mumbai, the team will reach 16 points.
In the remaining three teams, RCB has a chance to reach 16 points, but their net run rate is much worse than Delhi. While Delhi’s net run rate after 13 matches is +0.255, RCB’s net run rate after the same number of matches is -0.323. If RCB have to qualify for the playoffs, they will have to register a big win over Gujarat. At the same time, even if both the teams lose their last match, the screw will get stuck only after coming to the net run rate.