Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have kept their doors open for the playoffs by defeating Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets in a crucial match of IPL 2022. However, even after the win, it is not easy for Bangalore to reach the playoffs as they will now have to depend on the result of the matches against Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians to make the last four. If the Delhi team beats Mumbai in this match to be held at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, Bangalore will be out of the tournament and Delhi will cement their place in the playoffs.
Even after the win, Bangalore’s net run rate is still in minus while Delhi is running in plus. In such a situation, RCB’s playoff key is now with Mumbai and it will be important to see whether Rohit and Co. are able to cross Virat’s team or not.
RCB captain Faf du Plessis has also said that he will support Rohit’s team in the matches against Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians. He said that he has faith in Rohit’s team to do well in their last match against Delhi Capitals. Du Plessis said, ‘You always want to finish strong. Virat was working hard in the nets. I encourage them. I think tonight was important for a number of reasons. You always want to finish firmly. Some lack of consistency in performance put us in this position. Now I am expecting good performance from Rohit.
The math of reaching the playoffs of Delhi-Bangalore
Bangalore now have 16 points after playing all 14 matches in the league stage. He is currently in fourth place. At the same time, Delhi Capitals have 14 points from 13 matches and the team is at number five. If Delhi beats Mumbai then it will get 16 points. The net run rate of Bangalore is -0.253 and that of Delhi is +0.255. Both have a worse net run rate than Rajasthan Royals, which has a score of +0.304. After this equation, RCB will have to be out of the tournament as soon as Delhi wins against Mumbai.