With the IPL 2020 playoffs just two matches away, the race for the remaining three playoff berths is still on.
However, after Sunday’s double header that race which earlier had six contenders now has four (RCB, DC, KKR & SRH).
Defending champions Mumbai Indians with 18 points are of course certain to finish at the top of the table. The second slot will go to the winner of the Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore match. We will know the result tonight.
But there will be tougher competition for the third and fourth spots. TOI’s Shankar Raguhraman
brings out all the possible scenarios in 8 points as of today (November 2, 2020) ahead of the DC vs RCB clash. 1. Mumbai Indians are assured of the first slot with 18 points, which no other team can reach. They also have one game left to play2. The winner of the match between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday will finish second with 16 points3. Kolkata Knight Riders will certainly be tied for third spot (on points) with 14 points4. If Mumbai wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, Kolkata will be tied for the third spot with the loser of the Delhi vs Bangalore match5. If Hyderabad win on Tuesday, there will be a three-way tie between Kolkata, Hyderabad and the loser of the Delhi vs Bangalore match for third spot on 14 points. NRR will be the key here6. If that happens, Hyderabad will finish third (on NRR), since it has a much higher NRR than Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata7. Kolkata will hope the Delhi vs Bangalore game today is a one-sided one, with the winner winning comprehensively, so that the loser ends up with a worse NRR than them (Kolkata)8. Rajasthan finishes at the bottom, with Chennai at No.7 and Kings XI Punjab at No. 6
The IPL 2020 season is officially the most competitive season ever played, with the bottom placed team finishing on 12 points for the first time. Incredibly, with just two matches left in the league stage, as many as three play-off spots are still wide open. Punjab and Rajasthan have joined Chennai as the eliminated teams so far after Sunday’s double header. Till some time back both DC and RCB were almost certain to make the final four. Now, that is not so certain. As many as four teams continue to be in the running for the three remaining playoff berths (Mumbai has already sealed the top spot). The race for the playoff berths will literally go down to the wire this season, with the remaining two league stage matches being very crucial in terms of the final makeup of the top four. Others meanwhile will be watching patiently and hoping things go their way in terms of NRR.