31 Oct 2020: IPL 2020: Decoding the playoff qualification scenarios
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season has reached its most vital stage as teams battle it out to earn playoff berths.
Mumbai Indians are the only side to have qualified so far as Chennai Super Kings have been out of the race.
This leaves us with six teams fighting it out for three playoff berths.
Here we decode the playoff qualification scenarios.
MI: Mumbai Indians likely to finish in top two
Mumbai Indians top the proceedings with eight wins and four losses from 12 games.
They have the best NRR of +1.186.
MI face Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in their remaining two games.
The champions will be assured of a top-two finish if they manage to win one of their upcoming games.
Even if they lose both, their healthy NRR could help them.
RCB: RCB need one win to assure playoffs berth
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won seven and lost five from 12 games at a NRR of +0.048.
RCB have two games remaining against DC and SRH respectively.
If the Virat Kohli-led side manages to win both, they will finish in the top two.
If they win one match, a playoff berth will be assured.
Other factors will come to play if they lose both.
DC: DC are in a tricky situation after three straight losses
Three successive losses for DC have put them in a tricky situation. Their NRR too took a hit.
If DC win both their remaining games against MI and RCB respectively, they will finish in the top two.
If they manage to win one, they will qualify.
If DC lose both games, then NRR will come into the picture.
They have 14 points (NRR +0.030).
KXIP: KXIP need to down CSK, NRR could be crucial
Kings XI Punjab gained big by winning five successive games. The run was ended on Friday by Rajasthan Royals.
However, KXIP are fourth at the moment and have one game left.
They need to beat CSK to stay in the hunt, besides hoping that other results go their way.
NRR will also come into the picture here.
KXIP have a NRR of -0.133.
RR: RR need several factors to go their way
Rajasthan Royals enjoyed two big wins against MI and KXIP respectively.
They will need a similar result against KKR on Sunday.
A win will help them get to 14 points. However, they need CSK to beat KXIP.
They will also hope that SRH do not win both their remaining games.
RR have a NRR of -0.377.
KKR: KKR have a difficult road ahead
KKR need to improve their NRR (-0.467) by a considerable margin against RR.
If they beat RR, KKR will get to 14 points.
However, they also need KXIP to lose their final game, besides also requiring SRH to lose at least one of their remaining two games.
NRR will then come into the picture. By the look of things, KKR will find it difficult.
Fact: What about the Sunrisers Hyderabad?
SRH need to win both their games to stand a chance of qualification. Not just that, the Orange Army will hope that the likes of KXIP, KKR and RR perform poorly. When it comes to the NRR, SRH's +0.396 tally could prove to be sufficient.