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IPL 2022 – Here’s how the eligible teams can still qualify for the playoffs

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season has unfolded like a rollercoaster. Despite the fact that 64 of the 70 league-stage games have been completed, three of the four playoff berths remain unfilled. Only the Gujarat Titans have officially confirmed a playoff spot, and they are expected to finish the group stage as table toppers.

Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, two of the most successful teams in IPL history, are officially out of the playoff race, but the remaining teams still have a chance to make it to the playoff stage. In this article, we are going to look at how the eligible teams can still qualify for the playoffs.

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Number 1. Rajasthan Royals

 

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Rajasthan Royals, who are now second in the team standings, are almost certain to make the playoffs. The Men in Pink presently have 16 points after eight victories in 13 games. Their final league-season game is against the Chennai Super Kings, and a win will formally guarantee them a spot in the next level. Even a loss is unlikely to knock them out of the last four since their net run rate of +0.304 is the second-best in the league.

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Number 2. Lucknow Super Giants

 

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LSG, like RR, has won eight of their 13 games thus far and has 16 points. KL Rahul’s men are third in the team standings and have a lesser NRR (+0.262) than Rajasthan. Their final match is against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and a win would very certainly guarantee them a spot in the next round. Even if they lose, they must ensure that their net run rate does not decline much.

LSG can only be eliminated if the Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore win their remaining games by huge margins and KKR beats the Super Giants by a large margin as well. LSG must enter the playoffs since this equation is exceedingly unlikely.

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Number 3. Delhi Capitals

 

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This season, DC has gone hot and cold, presently sitting in fourth place in the team rankings with seven victories in 13 games. Fortunately for them, they have a lot of control over the situation. Because their NRR (+0.255) is significantly higher than RCB’s (-0.323), a win versus Mumbai Indians in their last league-stage match should see them advance to the next round.

Notably, even a loss will not eliminate DC from contention for the playoffs. However, they would need RCB to lose their final match. Even if KKR, SRH, and PBKS win their respective final matches, DC will want to keep their NRR higher than the aforementioned clubs.

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Number 4. Royal Challengers Bangalore

 

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RCB now requires more than a win to advance. They have the same number of points and matches as DC, but as previously stated, their NRR is lower. As a result, assuming the Capitals win their remaining match, Faf du Plessis’ squad would need to defeat table-toppers Gujarat Titans by a massive margin in their final match to advance.

As a result, RCB is banking on MI to upset DC. Because their NRR is already lower than DC’s, a loss to GT would effectively kill their season.

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Number 5. Kolkata Knight Riders

 

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The Knight Riders are in trouble, with 12 points in 13 games. To begin, Shreyas Iyer’s team would require both RCB and DC to lose their games. Then, in their final game, they must defeat Lucknow Super Giants by a big margin to edge out the other teams in contention in terms of net run rate. They must also keep a watch on the results of the SRH and PBKS matches. As a result, the two-time champions are extremely unlikely to advance.

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Number 6. Punjab Kings

 

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PBKS’ situation is considerably worse since they are tied with KKR in terms of points but far behind in terms of NRR. As a result, they can only qualify for the next stage mathematically. First and foremost, they would require RCB, DC, KKR, and SRH to lose their remaining games. If KKR and SRH reach 14, PBKS must have a larger NRR than them, which does not appear to be possible. Mayank Agarwal’s men will face SRH in their final match on May 22.

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Number 7. Sunrisers Hyderabad

 

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Finally, we have Sunrisers Hyderabad, whose chances of qualifying are almost non-existent. Not only does Kane Williamson’s team need to win their final two games, but several other circumstances must also work in their favor. To give SRH a chance, DC, RCB, KKR, and PBKS must lose their remaining games. Even if this occurs, the Orange Army is unlikely to surpass DC in terms of NRR. As a result, the 2016 season champions have nothing to play for but pride.