In Dream11 IPL 2020 Kings XI Punjab’s win against Mumbai Indians has opened the IPL playoff doors for them. KXIP will take on the mighty Delhi Capitals on Monday in hopes to continue their winning momentum and keep their playoff dreams alive. They are tied with Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Supers Kings with six points. A win would tomorrow will get them closer to finishing in the last four, but a loss would almost end their IPL 2020 season.
Can KXIP beat the table-toppers Delhi Capitals or will the latter become the first team to confirm IPL 2020 playoff place?
IPL 2020: How can KXIP still qualify for the playoffs?
Compared to CSK and RR, Kings XI have a better net run rate which might help them in the long run. Currently their NRR is -0.262. The KL Rahul side, riding on the back of two consecutive wins, will have to win their remaining five matches to stand a chance to qualify.
Besides their match against DC, Punjab’s next two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders will be important.
IPL 2020 Latest Points Table
|Indian Premier League||P||W||L||D||NRR||Pts|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||9||6||3||0||-0.096||12|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||9||5||4||0||-0.607||10|
|6||Kings XI Punjab||9||3||6||0||-0.262||6|
|7||Chennai Super Kings||9||3||6||0||-0.386||6|
SRH have the same points as Punjab. However, they are placed fifth due to better NRR than KXIP. If KL Rahul’s side beat David Warner’s Orange Army, they would climb to the fifth spot just behind KKR.
A single loss, however, would mean they will have to rely on other teams to get qualified.
Meanwhile, DC are close to confirming their place in the playoffs.
IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals close to becoming the first team to confirm IPL 2020 playoff berth
Meanwhile, DC will be keen on becoming the first team to confirm the playoff place. Delhi are currently the IPL 2020 point table leaders with 14 points. In the nine games played, their win-loss record is 7-2.
DC is the only team besides Mumbai Indians to have shown an all-round performance this season. They are the team to beat in the tournament and have gained in confidence with a close win against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
While Prithvi Shaw needs to be back among the runs after a couple of ducks, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan elevating his game bodes well for the team that has won seven out of the nine matches it has played.
Axar Patel has shown his utility not just with the ball but also with the bat. His three sixes off Ravindra Jadeja helped Delhi get over the line in the final over finish against CSK.
With an envious bowling line-up, Delhi have shown they can defend even below-par totals. Playing in the absence of an injured Rishabh Pant, time is running out for Ajinkya Rahane to make an impact. Two more points on Tuesday would confirm their place in the last four.
A loss, on the other hand, would mean that they will have to wait for another day for the crucial two points.