IPL 2020 Playoff race: Change in fortunes, once the table-toppers RCB-DC to clash in a virtual knockout match on Monday

Dream11 IPL 2020 : After the end of the first half of the IPL 2020 season, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Capitals (DC) were the favourites to reach the IPL 2020 finals. Fast forward to today (October 31), both the sides are yet to qualify for the playoff stage, let alone a final. What started as a strong season for DC and RCB, has now hit a slump.

Besides Mumbai Indians, if there was any side which had a shown intent and the hunger to win it was Shreyas Iyer “Nayi Dilli”. The Delhi-based franchise had led the IPL points table for the majority of the season. With 10 points, courtesy of 5 wins in 7 games, Delhi were well on track to become the first team to book the IPL playoff berth. However, in the second leg of the season, Capitals have not been able to replicate the same performance.

In six matches, they have lost four matches on the trot, landing themselves in a situation of getting almost knocked out of the tournament. Their batting woes amalgamated with struggling bowling, has become a big headache for the team management.

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Royal Challengers too share a similar story. Five wins in seven games, and then going downhill. Out of the six games, RCB have lost three back-to-back matches. Their over-reliance on skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers has once again resurfaced. In the three games they have lost, the Indian skipper has managed to score 66 runs. ABD, on the other hand, had amassed 78 runs, which is under-par to their standards.

Is it a change of fortune or lack of intent, the debate is still on. However, one thing is certain, when Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals meet Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, it will be a do-or-die clash in a virtual quarterfinal.

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What does both RCB & DC needs to do to Qualify for IPL 2020 Playoffs ?

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Played 13, Points 14, NRR -0.145 Remaining match: vs Capitals

  • RCB now play DC in virtual quarterfinals on Monday
  • If they lose they can still qualify – provided they have a better run-rate than others but will be on mercy of others. If the Sunrisers and the Kings XI win their last matches, then 14 points will not be enough for the Royal Challengers.If one of those two teams lose, then the Royal Challengers will be through provided the margin of victory in the Royals-Knight Riders game is not huge. If both the Sunrisers and the Kings XI lose, then the Royal Challengers will be through without NRR coming into play. In that scenario, the four bottom-placed teams will all finish with 12 points.
  • Best Chance – win the game and go through in style as No.2 team in the points table