KKR secure top spot for first time; RCB, CSK, SRH among 5 teams still in hunt for two remaining IPL playoff spots | Crickit
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KKR secure top spot for first time; RCB, CSK, SRH among 5 teams still in hunt for two remaining IPL playoff spots

May 16, 2024 04:08 PM IST

Five teams are still in contention for the IPL 2024 Playoffs with just 2 spots remaining.

The IPL 2024 playoffs are shaping up to be a thrilling affair. While Kolkata Knight Riders have secured the top spot for the first time in their history, the battle for the remaining three playoff positions is intense.

Who will join RR and KKR in the IPL Playoffs(IPL)
Who will join RR and KKR in the IPL Playoffs(IPL)

Rajasthan Royals, despite currently holding second place, have lost four on the trot, leaving the door ajar for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings. SRH needs just one point, either through a win or a washout, to confirm their qualification. CSK, however, faces a tougher challenge.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore's playoff hopes hinge on SRH's performance. If SRH secures a point, RCB's only chance rests in defeating CSK by a significant margin, at least 18 runs while chasing a target of 200 or more, to improve their net run rate.

CSK's path is multifaceted. A win against RCB guarantees their playoff spot, while a narrow loss might still see them through due to their superior net run rate. However, a bigger loss necessitates both SRH losing their remaining games and finishing with a lower net run rate. In this scenario, both CSK and RCB could qualify for the playoffs.

The fight for the coveted second spot is also wide open. If RR loses their final match and SRH wins only one, CSK's victory over RCB could propel them to the second position, thanks to their current net run rate advantage.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are on the brink of qualification. A win or even a washout in their remaining games will confirm their playoff berth. However, if they lose both and RCB defeats CSK with a significant margin that lowers CSK's net run rate below SRH's, the Pat Cummins-led side will still sneak into the playoffs.

With several teams vying for the remaining playoff spots, the final two matches of the league stage promise high-octane cricket. Each team's performance will significantly impact the qualification scenario, making it a nail-biting finish to the league phase.

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