Mumbai Indians again reached third place in points table after defeating Gujarat
Important match for Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings on Saturday
IPL 2023 Playoffs Scenario: In the league stage of IPL 2023, 57 out of 70 matches have been played, till now the maths of the playoffs seems complicated. With every match, there were ups and downs in the points table. A day earlier, Mumbai Indians defeated defending champions Gujarat Titans by 27 runs. Mumbai had given a target of 219 runs to Gujarat. In response, the Gujarat team could only score 191 runs for 8 wickets. Although, Mumbai benefited from this defeat, but Gujarat Titans sitting on top of the points table did not suffer a big loss.
With the defeat of Gujarat Titans, Mumbai Indians again came in third place in the points table. Mumbai pushed Rajasthan Royals down a notch. Chasing the target of 219 runs in this match, Gujarat had lost 8 wickets for 103 runs at one stage. He was in danger of a big defeat. But, Rashid Khan came at number 8 and played an unbeaten inning of 79 runs. He could not make the team win. But, averted a big defeat. Due to this the team did not suffer a big loss in the points table. Net run rate is also 0.761.
Mumbai again reached in top-3
Mumbai Indians now have 14 points from 12 matches with 7 wins and till the last match, they had a net run rate of (-0.255), which has improved significantly (-0.117) after defeating Gujarat. If we look at the top-4 teams, Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals have all played 12-12 matches. Gujarat is in first place with 16 points, Chennai is in second place with 15 points and Mumbai Indians in third place. Rajasthan Royals have 12 points from 12 matches. Each team present in the top-4 has 2-2 matches left.
Gujarat-Chennai’s road to playoff easy
The road to the playoffs is now looking easy for Gujarat, Chennai and Mumbai. Mumbai has 2 matches left and it can reach maximum 18 points. Whereas, Gujarat up to 20 and Chennai up to 19 points. If Gujarat and Chennai win even one of their 2 matches, then they can reach the playoffs. Because except Mumbai, no team can go ahead of Gujarat-Chennai even after winning the remaining ones.
Important match for Lucknow and Punjab Kings
In IPL 2023, two matches are to be played on Saturday. The first match of the day will be played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants while in the second match Punjab Kings will face Delhi Capitals.
Delhi and Hyderabad are the two worst teams this season. Hyderabad is at 9th and Delhi at 10th position. Both have equal 8 marks. The expectation of both these teams reaching the playoffs is very weak. But both these poor teams can make the road to Lucknow and Punjab difficult.
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One defeat and Lucknow’s path to the playoffs difficult
Lucknow Super Giants made a strong start to the season. But, the team got only 3 points from the last 5 matches. Now to reach the playoffs, Lucknow will have to win all the remaining three matches. Then it will have 17 marks. One defeat will make the road difficult. Because then five teams will end the league stage with 16 or more points. However, for this to happen, RCB and Punjab Kings will also have to win all their matches.
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The path of Punjab Kings is also difficult
Punjab Kings will take on Delhi Capitals in the second match on Saturday. Punjab has won one match more than Delhi. Punjab has 3 matches left and it can reach maximum 16 points and cut the playoff ticket. However, even after scoring 16 points, Punjab can definitely be out of the playoff race. In such a situation, he will have to keep an eye on the results of other teams as well. If Punjab loses from Delhi, then its maths will get messed up and it will get stuck in the cycle of agar-magar.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 13, 2023, 07:52 IST