Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad are out of the playoff race. Both teams still have to play 2-2 matches. Winning their matches will affect the journey of other teams in IPL. Defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) on Monday became the first team to reach the playoffs in the Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL 2023). Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) became the second team to be eliminated from the playoff race. The match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will be nothing less than a do-or-die match for both the teams. The playoff race remains exciting. Delhi and Hyderabad can spoil the work of 4 teams. These teams are Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS).
What will happen if Mumbai wins both the matches?
Mumbai and Lucknow are ranked third and fourth. There is only one point gap between the two. The team losing this match will have to depend on other results. If Mumbai’s team wins both the matches, then it will be in the top-2. If he wins a match and loses one match, he will have 16 points. After this, the team will depend on the result of other matches.
What will happen if Mumbai lose both the matches?
Mumbai’s chances of reaching the playoffs will be weakened if they lose both the matches. If this happens, three teams will already have 15 or more points. Mumbai Indians will be seen struggling with four teams for the fourth position. These 4 teams are Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders. RCB and Punjab can have 16. If this happens, Mumbai’s team will not be able to reach the playoffs with 14 points.
What is the equation for Lucknow?
Lucknow will have to win their last two matches to reach the playoffs. If you win a match and lose a match, the team can reach the playoffs without a run rate. This can happen if two of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) have no more than 14 points. If you lose both the matches, the team will be out of the race.
Delhi and Hyderabad have the fate of 4 teams in their hands.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals are out of the IPL playoff race. Both teams have 2-2 matches left. The victory of these two teams means that the work of the rest of the teams is bad. Hyderabad have to play the next match on May 18. This is a match against RCB. RCB also has 2 matches left. If the team loses even one, it will reach 14 points and these points may not be enough. They will play their last match against Gujarat Titans on May 21. Sunrisers’ last match is against Mumbai Indians on May 21. A defeat will also worsen the condition of Rohit Sharma’s team.
Lucknow and Chennai can benefit from this thing
Delhi Capitals will play against Punjab Kings on May 17. Punjab’s loss means not having 16 points. The chances of getting a playoff ticket at 14 points will be very weak. Delhi will play the last match against Chennai Super Kings. For Chennai, this match is important to reach the playoffs. If Punjab and RCB lose one match each and stay on 14-14 points, then Lucknow and Chennai will benefit. The match between the two teams was washed out due to rain and they had to be content with 1-1 points. Now Chennai has 15 points and if Lucknow wins 2 out of 1 matches, then it will have 15 points. In such a situation, both teams will reach the IPL playoffs.