Big day for Virat Kohli (Photo: PTI)
New Delhi: Place one and contender three. In the language of the film Sholay, it is very unfair. But, in IPL, these are pictures of adventure, not injustice. Now see, the league round of IPL-16 is about to end but still the playoff picture is not clear. Dhoni and Pandya Brothers have also staked claim on 3 places a day before. But, still the stars of Rohit, Virat and Samson are in the fray for the last position.
Double header matches are held on Sundays in IPL. Both give different results. But, there will be double headers this Sunday but only one result will come out of it. Who will get the playoff ticket? Will it be Mumbai Indians? Or the Royal Challengers Bangalore or the Rajasthan Royals watching the spectacle with their hands on their hands.
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What do the stars of Rohit, Virat, Samson say?
The conditions are must win for Mumbai Indians. Means losing is forbidden. RCB will know very well what they have to do. At the same time, Rajasthan Royals have no other option but to convince that both Mumbai and Bangalore lose their matches.
What if both MI and RCB win?
If both Mumbai and Bangalore register a win, then the playoff ticket between them will be decided on the basis of better run rate. And in that case Virat Kohli’s RCB can benefit. The plus point for RCB is that its match is in the evening while the Mumbai team’s match is before that. Means RCB will know very well in their match what they have to do for the playoff ticket.
either mumbai win or bangalore
The easiest way for Mumbai Indians to play the playoffs is to win their match. Also pray that RCB team loses their match against Gujarat Titans. The same thing applies to RCB as well. If Mumbai loses, then its work will be done only by victory.
If both MI and RCB lose
But, if both Mumbai and Bangalore lose their respective matches, then in that case the third ie Rajasthan Royals can also reach the playoffs. If this happens, 14-14 points of all the three teams will be in the IPL table. The matter will arise regarding the runrate, in which Mumbai Indians will be the first to be out due to poor condition.
Meaning the screw will get stuck between RCB and RR. And, in that case RR would need the favor of Gujarat Titans. In the match, RCB scored 180 runs while batting first, then Gujarat would have to achieve that score in 19.3 overs. While RCB fielded first and Gujarat scored 180 runs, then Gujarat would have to restrict it to a total of 174 runs or less.
What if the matches get cancelled?
Suppose if the match between Mumbai and Hyderabad gets cancelled, then RCB will reach the playoffs with a win. But, if RCB does not win, then Mumbai will get the playoff ticket due to the 1 point received after the cancellation of the match. Exactly the same thing will follow even if the match of RCB and Gujarat Titans is cancelled.
But if the result of both Mumbai and RCB matches does not come out, then in that case Royal Challengers Bangalore will reach the playoffs with better runrate.
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