RCB vs CSK: Playoff spot in doubt for RCB as Rain likely to spoil this match of the tournament


The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 has been a thrilling ride so far, with teams battling it out for a spot in the playoffs. However, the upcoming match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), scheduled for May 18, is under a significant threat due to the weather forecast.

What at the stakes for RCB?

This match is a virtual knockout for RCB, who are currently sixth on the points table with 12 points. A win over CSK will take them to 14 points. If RCB can beat CSK by 18 or more runs or win the game in 18.1 overs, they will topple CSK in run rate and boost their hopes of reaching the playoffs.

The weather forecast for May 18 predicts a 73 per cent chance of rain with thunderstorms in the evening. If the rain washes out the match, both teams will be awarded a point each. In such a scenario, CSK will qualify for the playoffs with 15 points, while RCB will crash out of the tournament with 13 points.

A washout would be a massive blow for RCB, who have made a remarkable comeback after losing seven out of their first eight games. The team has won the following five games on the trot. However, their hopes of reaching the playoffs are pinned on a good win in this encounter.

The weather in Bengaluru is unpredictable, and the drainage system of the Chinnaswamy Stadium is considered to be the best in the country. Therefore, there is still hope for a shortened game, which can further make things tougher for the home team. As the D-day approaches, fans and players alike will be hoping for clear skies and an exciting match. The outcome of this game could potentially change the dynamics of the IPL 2024 playoffs.

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