New Delhi. The journey of IPL 2022 is slowly coming to an end. Now each team is left to play only one match in the league. So far only one team has qualified for the playoffs. Sunrisers Hyderabad have been stuck for the fourth place in the playoffs after their win against Mumbai Indians. After this win, Hyderabad has also kept the hope of going to the playoffs. Now four teams are vying for a place. But the main match is between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Out of these, the team that will win their last match has more chances of qualifying. At present, Delhi’s team is at the fore in the race for the fourth place.
If we look at the points table, then the team of Gujarat Titans is in the first place. He still has one more match to play. Hardik Pandya’s team has played 13 matches in which 10 have won and 3 have been lost. Gujarat has already qualified in the playoffs with 20 points. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals is at number two with 16 points. He is also certain to reach the playoffs. At the same time, the team of Lucknow Super Giants is also in third place with 16 points. His place in the playoffs is confirmed. All the top teams are yet to play 1-1 match.
Tough competition for fourth place
There is a tough fight between Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the fourth place in the playoffs. Although the team of Punjab Kings is also involved in the race. But his net run rate is not good, so he should be considered out of the playoffs. After registering a win against Mumbai, Delhi’s team is at the fourth position in the table points. His net run rate is better than the rest of the teams.
RCB’s team is in fifth place. After the defeat against Punjab Kings, his equations have changed. Bangalore is yet to play one match. If he wants to stay in the race for the playoffs, then he will have to win his last match by a huge margin. Apart from this, Delhi loses its last match against Mumbai. Then there is the possibility of RCB reaching the playoffs.
KKR’s hopes bleak
The chances of going to the playoffs of Kolkata Knight Riders, who are at number six in the points table, are slim. But some such equations are seen being made, due to which KKR can qualify in the playoffs. For this, Shreyas Iyer’s team will have to beat Lucknow Super Giants by a huge margin. Apart from this, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers lose their match matches.
Sunrisers’ team is at number 8 after the victory against Mumbai. His chances of qualifying in the playoffs are slim. The teams of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have already been out of the race for the playoffs. Overall, 6 teams are trying their luck for the fourth place in the playoffs. It will be interesting to see who will win.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 18, 2022, 08:43 IST