Updated IPL 2022 Qualifier Scenarios: The Royal Challengers of Fav de Plessis, Bangalore, suffered a massive 54-round defeat at the hands of the Punjab Kings on Friday night. Not only did this loss hurt RCB, but it made the final match equation even more complicated. The five-time Mumbai Indians champion and four-time Chennai Super Kings champion have already exited the tournament, while the new Gujarat Titans became the first team to reach the playoffs. There are only 10 matches left in the league stage and 7 teams are vying for the remaining three places in the race for the playoffs. Let’s find out what the play-off equation is-
Bangalore’s royal challengers are raising their own problems
The big defeat against Punjab added to RCB’s problems. This is the team’s sixth defeat in the thirteenth game. Bangalore’s next match will be against the Gujarat Titans, the strongest team in the tournament. Not only will RCB have to win this match, but he will also have to beat Gujarat by a large margin, because after 16 points, the nail will still be stuck in the net run rate. After the defeat against Punjab, Du Plessis’ net run rate increased to -0.323.
Delhi, Punjab, Hyderabad benefit from RCB defeat
Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings Mayank Agarwal and Ken Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad profited from the defeat of Royal Challengers Bangalore. While Delhi and Punjab have to win the remaining two matches, Hyderabad will need a triple win to reach 16 points. After that, the team will qualify for the playoffs based on the net run rate. Delhi and Punjab currently have 14 points each, while Hyderabad has 10 points from 11 matches. In such a case, the road to Punjab would be much more difficult. Punjab has to play the next two matches against Delhi and Hyderabad only. Only these two games will solve the puzzle of the playoffs.
The chances of Kolkata Knight Riders are much less.
Two-time champion KKR’s chances of making the playoffs are slim. The Shreyas Air is 8th in the points table after winning 5 out of 12 matches. Even if the team wins the remaining two matches, it will only be able to reach 14 points. In such a case, the match card will depend on the performance of the rest of the teams. KKR’s net operating rate is -0.057.
Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan can easily qualify
The Lucknow Super Giants led by KL Rahul must win one of two games to qualify for the playoffs. The team is currently in second place with 16 points. Lucknow’s upcoming matches against RR and KKR. On the other hand, if we talk about Rajasthan, then if Sanju Samsun wins both the remaining matches, they will easily qualify for the playoffs, but defeat will leave them stuck with 16 points and then it will hang on the net play rate. However, at the moment, Rajasthan’s net play rate is +0.228 which is better than the rest of the teams.