IPL 2023 Playoff Race: After match number-66, defending champions Gujarat Titans are at the top of the points table with 18 points. Even after all the league matches, Gujarat is set to remain at the top of the table as the rest of the teams will not be able to reach 18 points even if they win their last matches. Whereas today i.e. Saturday is double header-day i.e. two matches will be played in one day. In these the teams of Chennai-Delhi and Lucknow-Kolkata will be face to face. According to the current position of the points table, CSK and LSG can make it to the playoffs by winning their respective matches, while if they lose, both will have to wait for Mumbai and Bengaluru to lose.
Please tell that CSK is at number two after Gujarat. The team has 15 points after 13 matches. Dhoni’s team is second on the basis of better run rate (0.381), as the third number team LSG also has 15 points, but the team’s run rate (0.304) is less than CSK.
The fourth number is of RCB after Gujarat, Chennai and Lucknow. Faf du Plessis’ team has 14 points from 13 matches. With the same number of points, Rajasthan and Mumbai are at number five and sixth respectively, while Kolkata are at number 7 with 12 points after 13 matches. The remaining teams (Punjab, Delhi and Hyderabad) are out of the playoff race.
This is the equation for CSK and DC (IPL 2023 Playoff Race)
- On CSK winning… If Dhoni’s team defeats Warner’s Delhi Capitals in the first match on Saturday, they will enter the playoffs with 17 points in the points table. Then he will have to keep his run rate better than LSG to remain at number-2. In case of a loss, CSK will have to pray for defeat of either Mumbai, Bengaluru or Lucknow to qualify.
- If DC wins… Delhi’s position will not matter, as Delhi is already out of the race. The team will get 12 points after 14 matches with the help of 6 wins and 8 losses, but will spoil Chennai’s game. In the event of defeating Chennai by a big margin, Mumbai and Bengaluru will qualify for the playoffs just by winning their last match.
This is the equation for LSG and KKR
- When LSG wins… Lucknow’s team will enter the direct playoffs if they win from Kolkata, because then the team will have 17 points. Then he will have to improve his runrate from CSK to reach number-2. In case of a loss, LSG will have to pray for a loss to either Mumbai, Bengaluru or Chennai to qualify.
- When KKR wins If Kolkata wins, Lucknow’s hopes of qualifying will suffer. After 14 matches, the team will have 14 points with 7 wins and 7 losses. Then Kolkata will have to wait for the defeat of Mumbai and Bangalore to qualify. Not just this, KKR would want table toppers Gujarat to beat Bengaluru by a huge margin in the last league match. So that their run rate is not more than Kolkata.
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