The race for the IPL 2020 Playoffs have heated up, especially with KKR’s heavy 8-wicket loss last night to Royal Challengers Bangalore and has now thrown open the race for the fourth spot in the IPL 2020 table.
With 28 more matches to go, we are nearing the back end of the 53-day extravaganza in UAE. Half of the tournament have been done and dusted and now the Playoffs have become the main target for franchisees. No team has made the cut as yet. But considering the magic number is 8, the Delhi Capitals (7), Mumbai Indians (6), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (8) look good to make it through to the all-important playoffs. Which brings us to an important question- Which team will occupy the fourth spot? Here are the possible scenarios for the 5 teams in contention for the spot
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders with five wins in the bag in 10 games are currently at the No 4 position in the points table. But KKR’s loss last night against heavy 8-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore has thrown open the race for fourth spot in the IPL 2020 table. As Rajasthan Royals face Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight, Steve Smith’s men have a chance to displace KKR at the position.
Chennai Super Kings: Players pulling out to cricketers contracting the virus, CSK got off to a disastrous start on landing in UAE. Currently, they find themselves in the last spot with three wins from 10 games. For CSK to qualify, it would require nothing less than a miracle.
While it is still mathematically possible for Dhoni’s men to script the impossible, CSK will need to win all their remaining matches and then rely on the results of other teams. If they lose even one game from here, it would be curtains for them.
Kings XI Punjab
They need to win all their matches from here. In case they lose another game, they will also be on 14 points and will have to rely on the results of other franchises.
Rajasthan Royals: The Royals who started their campaign with consecutive wins, lost their way in the middle as they looked inconsistent and could not combine well. Now, they are in the sixth spot in the points table with four wins from 10 games.
Like Punjab, they would also have to win all their matches and if they lose one then they will have to hope for results of other matches favoring them.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Hyderabad has been hot and cold this season. They have been guilty of conceding matches from winning positions and despite the good show by their top-order, they find themselves at the seventh spot after nine games.
They have won three games and will also have to win all their matches to clearly qualify or if they lose one then they will have to rely on results of other matches.