IPL 2024: Here’s how RCB can reach playoffs

11:30 AM May 13, 2024 | Team Udayavani |

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season has reached a stage where teams are battling it out for a coveted spot in the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) is still hanging by a thread for sealing the berth. Its journey to secure a playoff berth has been nothing short of dramatic.


RCB’s Sunday victory over Delhi Capitals bolstered their chances, securing their 5th consecutive win of the season. This win elevated RCB’s overall points tally to 12 from 13 matches, accompanied by a Net Run Rate (NRR) of +0.387.

Currently, Kolkata Knight Riders are leading the points table and have secured their place in the playoffs. The remaining three spots are still open.

The Virtual Knockout: RCB vs. CSK


In the upcoming crucial match against the formidable Chennai Super Kings (CSK), RCB finds themselves in a virtual knockout scenario. The winner of this contest will advance to the playoffs, while the loser faces elimination.

Currently, CSK holds the 3rd spot in the points table, boasting 7 wins from 13 matches and an NRR of +0.528. Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) sits closely behind with 14 points from 12 matches and an NRR of +0.406.

How do upcoming matches for SRH and LSG influence RCB’s playoff hopes?

For RCB to secure a playoff berth, several scenarios need to unfold favorably. Firstly, SRH winning one or both of their remaining matches would benefit RCB’s cause. Additionally, Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) must not win more than one match due to their poor NRR of -0.769.

The path to playoffs becomes clearer if SRH secures victory, propelling them to the 3rd spot in the points table. In such a scenario, RCB’s fate hinges on the outcome of their match against CSK, turning it into a virtual eliminator.

Calculating the Odds: NRR and Match Dynamics

What strategic approach should RCB adopt in their remaining matches to maximize their chances of qualifying for the playoffs?

To surpass CSK’s NRR, RCB must aim for a decisive victory. For instance, if CSK sets a target of 200 batting first, RCB would need to win by 18 runs or more. Alternatively, if chasing a target of 201, RCB must achieve it with roughly 11 balls remaining.

With the stakes high and the competition fierce, RCB’s fate hangs in the balance as they aim to secure their spot among the top four teams in the league.


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