IPL 2018: What RR, MI, KXIP need to do to grab the lone playoff berth on Sunday

On the last day of IPL's league phase, Mumbai Indians remain the only team whose playoff fortunes are not dependent on others; they just need to beat Delhi Daredevils to book a place in last four.

Umang Pabari, May 20, 2018 01:32:18 IST

The last day of the league matches of the IPL 2018 will be really intriguing as there are still some scenarios that need to be considered that can change the fate of any team in the points table.

The results of matches which were played on Saturday cleared two things: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have qualified for the playoffs and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) became the second team to get eliminated from IPL 2018. KKR will now look forward to the match between CSK and KXIP to see whether they can claim the second spot on the points table.

RR's win over RCB on Saturday has kept them in hunt for the lone playoff spot. AFP

RR's win over RCB on Saturday has kept them in hunt for the lone playoff spot. AFP

Therefore, we have three of the four teams which will play in this year’s playoffs but there are still two matches to be played and three teams have chances for that lone spot. Let's look at what will be the impact of results of Sunday’s matches on the points table.

Let’s look at the points table first at the end of the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) played at Hyderabad.

1. SRH (Q) P: 14; W:9; L:5; Pts: 18; NRR: +0.284
2. CSK (Q) P: 13; W:8; L:5; Pts: 16; NRR: +0.270
3. KKR P:14; W:8; L:6; Pts: 16; NRR: -0.070
4. RR P:14; W:7; L:7; Pts: 14; NRR: -0.250
5. MI P:13; W:6; L:7; Pts: 12; NRR: +0.384
6. RCB P:14; W:6; L:8; Pts: 12; NRR: +0.129
7. KXIP P: 13; W:6; L:7; Pts: 12; NRR: -0.490
8. DD P:13; W:4; L:9; Pts: 6; NRR: -0.288

Rajasthan Royals

Rjasthan Royals (RR) can only be in the race if Delhi Daredevils (DD) beat Mumbai Indians (MI) at Ferozshah Kotla on Sunday and if they do, then they need to wait for the match between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and CSK and hope that KXIP lose the match, or KXIP win against CSK by 52 runs or less or less than 37 balls to spare. If MI beat DD at Kotla then RR will be out of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians

With the elimination of RCB owing to their loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, Mumbai Indians now just need to win against Delhi Daredevils to qualify for the playoffs. Their win against DD will take them to 14 points and with the positive NRR, they will qualify and play the Eliminator. And a defeat against Delhi Daredevils, will be the end of their stay in the tournament.

Kings XI Punjab

After having an unexpected second half of the season, KXIP will try to perform upto their potential against CSK in their last match at Pune where a victory won’t confirm their place into the playoffs, but they still need to beat CSK by a big margin. If MI beat DD at Kotla, KXIP will be out of the tournament. If DD beat MI, Punjab still have a chance, and if they want to go above Rajasthan Royals’ NRR, in that case they need to beat CSK by atleast 53 runs or 38 balls to spare.
If KKR want to finish at the second spot in the points table, CSK need to lose to KXIP by 76 runs or 50 balls to spare.

Updated Date: May 20, 2018 01:32:18 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 6 5 0 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
Pakistan 6 2 3 1 5
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254