IPL 2022 Playoffs Qualification Scenarios – Explained In Detail
In the league stages of the IPL 2022, 64 matches have been completed, with only one playoff position secured. Gujarat Titans are guaranteed a top-two finish being the only team to score 20 points or more this season.
As many as six teams are still in contention for the final three berths. The Rajasthan Royals and the Lucknow Super Giants have already surpassed the 16-point mark with one game remaining.
After a 17-run victory over Punjab Kings in Navi Mumbai on Monday, May 16, Delhi Capitals regained control of their destiny. Rishabh Pant’s side knocked Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the top four and into the last playoff slot on the table.
DC and RCB both have 14 points from 13 games, but the former is ranked fourth due to their higher Net Run Rate of +0.255, whereas the latter has a dismal NRR of -0.323.
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Kolkata Knight Riders and PBKS are level on 12 points, with KKR’s NRR (+0.160) being superior than Mayank Agarwal’s team (-0.063).
SunRisers are also in contention with 10 points and two games remaining, while Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are out.
Qualification Chances for RR
All Rajasthan Royals have to do now is escape a humiliating loss against Chennai Super Kings. If they win their final match, they will be guaranteed a spot in the playoffs.
If RR loses by a large margin to CSK and all of Lucknow Super Giants, DC, and RCB win their last match and finish with a better Net Run Rate than them, they will be eliminated from the tournament.
Qualification Chances for LSG
If Lucknow Super Giants defeat KKR in their final match, they will be guaranteed a playoff berth.
They will, however, miss out on a spot in the knockout stage if they lose by a large margin and DC and RCB win their remaining matches by a large margin.
Qualification Chances for DC
Because of their high NRR, DC has a good chance of qualifying if they win their next match.
If they lose, they will only have a chance to qualify if RCB loses their final game.
Qualification Chances for KKR
To keep their playoff hopes alive, KKR must win their final encounter.
If KKR loses, they will be eliminated from the race.
Even if KKR wins, other outcomes must favour them. For KKR to qualify, DC and RCB must lose their remaining games, while PBKS and SRH must either fail to reach 14 points or do so with a lower Net Run Rate.
On May 14, KKR’s 54-run win over SunRisers boosted their Net Run Rate.
Qualification Chances for PBKS
The loss to Delhi on Monday, May 17 has harmed PBKS’ hopes of making the playoffs. Mayank Agarwal’s team must defeat SunRisers in their final match to have a chance of qualifying.
If PBKS defeats SRH by a large margin and DC, RCB, and KKR lose their remaining matches, they will qualify. PBKS will need a significant margin of victory in their final game to overtake Kolkata into the top four if KKR wins and RCB and DC lose.
Qualification Chances for SRH
By now, the SunRisers might have easily made the playoffs. They scored ten points in their seventh game, but have since lost five in a row.
SRH must beat both MI and PBKS by large margins and hope that DC and RCB do not win their final games, and that KKR do not win their last game against LSG, or that they reach 14 points with a lower NRR.
SunRisers’ chances appear slim, but Kane Williamson’s team will give it their all.
Well, for the teams that have won a total of 9 trophies, CSK and MI, we can wish them the very best for the next season.