Gujarat Titans became the first team to reach the playoffs. But there is still a fierce battle going on for the remaining three spots. Lucknow, Bangalore, and Rajasthan are the strongest contenders for these places, understand the full multiplication of the remaining three spots.
IPL Playoff 2022: Gujarat Titans (GT), taking part in the Indian Premier League for the first time, has created history. Gujarat has become the first team to reach the playoffs of IPL 2022. Gujarat secured their seat in the playoffs after beating Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs on Tuesday. Lucknow had a chance to do the same, but now it will have to wait for some time.
Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans have surprised everyone with their game. In every match, a new match-winner has come out for the team, which is why the team has now made it to the playoffs by showing the best game. But now three teams have to reach even more in the playoffs, in such a situation, understand what is becoming of their equation.
Lucknow ticket is almost sure
Gujarat Titans have secured their place in the playoffs with 18 points. After Gujarat, if any team has the most chances, then it is Lucknow Super Giants. Lucknow has 16 points now and they have to play two matches. If Lucknow wins even a single match, it will reach the playoffs. But if the team loses both matches, then it will have to rely on the net run rate.
The real battle is for the remaining two spots
The teams of Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently at number three and fourth in the points table. Both the teams have 14-14 points, but Rajasthan has more chances of reaching the playoffs. Because Rajasthan still has three matches left, in such a situation, if it wins two matches, then it will reach the playoffs. But even if it wins only one match, it will still remain in the race for the playoffs on the basis of net run rate.
If we talk about Royal Challengers Bangalore, then the team has two matches left and it has 14 points. If RCB wins both matches, it will reach the playoffs. But if one wins the match, then one has to depend on that NRR. But losing both matches can ruin the team’s dream of reaching the playoffs. However, after losing 3 matches in a row, Bengaluru has also won two matches.
How much chance do the rest of the teams have?
Apart from the top-4 teams in the points table, Delhi Capitals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Punjab Kings also have a chance to reach the playoffs. Although this opportunity looks very difficult. Delhi has played 11 matches so far, it has three matches left. Winning all the matches will get him 16 points, so the importance of NRR will increase. Similar is the condition of Hyderabad, Punjab like Delhi.
Talking about Kolkata, he has 12 matches, but now has only 10 points, so winning in both the matches will be able to score only 14 points for him. Chennai Super Kings is yet to play 3 matches, with victory in all three matches, it can also have 14 points. If this happens then it can be difficult to decide the team for the playoff till the end. However, it seems difficult for a team to reach the playoffs with 14 points.
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