RCB, Delhi or LSG – Which Team Can Still Qualify for the 2024 IPL Playoffs?

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IPL Playoffs

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a spectacle of cricket that captivates audiences worldwide. The 2024 season has been no different, with teams battling fiercely for a spot in the coveted playoffs. Among the contenders are Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Capitals, and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Playoffs Chances for RCB, DC and LSG

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB
RCB

RCB, led by their charismatic captain, has had a roller-coaster season. After a shaky start, they found their rhythm mid-season, stringing together a series of impressive victories. Their recent triumph over Delhi Capitals has propelled them to the 5th spot in the points table. However, their journey to the playoffs is far from secure. They need to win their upcoming match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a team known for its formidable lineup and strategic prowess. Moreover, RCB’s fate also depends on the outcomes of matches involving other teams. A high-scoring win could significantly improve their net run rate, a crucial factor that could decide their playoff chances in case of a points tie.

Delhi Capitals

DC
DC

The 47-run defeat to RCB has pushed DC’s net run rate down to -0.482, which is way below that of CSK, SRH and RCB. With 14 points the best they can get to, it’s extremely unlikely that they will finish among the top four. Their best chance is if SRH suffer huge defeats in their last two games, CSK beats RCB, and LSG wins no more than one game and stays below DC on run rate. Then, DC can sneak ahead of SRH on run rate, but the margins for that are highly improbable: if SRH loses their last two games by a combined margin of 150 runs (with the teams batting first scoring 200), then DC will still have to beat LSG by 64 runs to go ahead of SRH. It’s therefore safe to say that DC’s campaign in IPL 2024 is almost over.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

LSG
LSG

LSG’s poor net run rate means they need 16 points to be in contention. Even then they could fall short if CSK and SRH also finish on 16, as their NRRs are much superior. Even if the Royals lose two, it’s highly unlikely that LSG can catch up with them on run rate.

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