TATA IPL 2023 Playoff: Which Team Will Hold On to the Last Two Spots?

TATA IPL 2023 Playoff: Gujarat Titans is the only team who has sealed the playoff spot in the Indian Premier League 2023 season. GT won against SRH and they will remain in the number one position of the points board. But there are seven teams still in the playoff race and three spots to fill. So many more intense fight is on the cards in the remaining matches of this season.
TATA IPL 2023 Playoff: Which Team Will Hold On to the Last Two Spots?
TATA IPL 2023 Playoff: Which Team Will Hold On to the Last Two Spots?

TATA IPL 2023 Playoff: The ever-changing points table of the TATA IPL 2023 has kept the viewers engrossed in the 16th edition of this cash-rich league tournament.

At the business end of this edition, still there is no guarantee of the teams who will come in the last three spots for the playoff berth.

In yesterday’s game, the five-time champion side, Mumbai Indians couldn’t repeat their magic and they went down to Lucknow Super Giants by five runs.

MI was in the game for the maximum amount of time. However, the ex-MI player, Krunal Pandya, who is the captain of Super Giants, marshalled his troops excellently and allowed his side to come up on top. 

Still, Gujarat Titans is the only team who has fixed their playoff berth in the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League and there are seven teams who are also in the race for the playoff berth this season. Today we shall name those teams who can seal the last three places in this edition of the tournament.

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1. Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

The ex-MI Player and the current skipper of the Lucknow Super Giants team, Krunal Pandya did well to get that much-needed win yesterday. That win has kept the hopes alive for the LSG fans.

But still, they need to win their final league, which is against KKR at Eden Gardens. LSG will also look closely at CSK‘s last match against DC because the yellow army has a superior net run rate than LSG.

LSG should eye to finish in the top two and for that they will have to beat KKR by 40 and more runs so that their net run rate is more than CSK.

In case they lose then it shouldn’t be around 12 and more runs because that will also hamper their chances in the final qualification.

The Super Giants are currently with 15 points and they should get to 17. LSG will play their last match after CSK so they will know the exact qualification scenario for the playoffs.

2. Mumbai Indians (MI)

The five-time champions side, Mumbai Indians did well until their last encounter with LSG and because of that loss, their chances look slimmer now.

MI is in a situation where they can't qualify for the playoff berth in IPL 2023 even if they win their last game, which is against Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

The net run rate of Mumbai Indians is superior to Royal Challengers Bangalore. But if CSK, LSG, RCB and PBKS win their last league matches then MI will not have any qualification chances.

To go past the superior net run rate of RCB, Rohit and his men should win their last league game against SRH by around 80 runs. They are on 14 points currently.

If MI lose to SRH they should wait for RCB and PBKS to lose their matches as well because that will drop their net run rate (NRR).

3. Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

The four-time champion side, Yellow Army lost against KKR on Sunday and that loss will hurt their qualification chances. If Chennai Super Kings had won that encounter then they would have been qualified by now. However, Dhoni and his men can still make it by winning their last game against Delhi Capitals. 

CSK has a better net run rate than Lucknow Super Giants and a win against DC will also allow them to finish in the top two rankings.

But they shouldn’t lose to DC because that will allow the other teams like MI, PBKS, LSG and RCB to go past them. CSK is on 15 points and they should get to 17 to qualify.

4. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

A 112 runs win against RR at Jaipur was awesome for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. It has kept the hopes of their fans alive and even boosted their net run rate.

Now RCB has strengthened their chance for playoff qualification this season. RCB has two matches left. One each against SRH and GT.

If they win both of them, then a playoff spot is guaranteed for them. But in case they lose then they will also hope that MI and PBKS lose their matches as well because of the net run rate issue, which will be the deciding factor for the men in red.

So the Bangalore side should avoid that and win the last two encounters and play in the playoffs.

5. Punjab Kings (PBKS)

The Punjab Kings need a big win in their last two matches. They are in the sixth position with 12 points and if they win their last two league games, then they will get to 16 points.

But there will be other teams as well which will get to the same number of points. So the net run rate will be the deciding factor yet again.

Punjab Kings will play against DC and RR. Dhawan and his men should win both of these matches because one loss will end the tournament for them.

6. Rajasthan Royals (RR)

The inaugural champions of the IPL are in a spot of bother in the current IPL season. Rajasthan Royals were also the runners-up in the last year’s tournament.

Despite losing six of the last eight matches, they are in the playoff race. But by a slight margin. Samson and his men need to win the last league match against Punjab Kings.

However, that win also doesn’t guarantee them the playoff berth in the TATA IPL 2023 season because GT, CSK and LSG have superior run rates than them. 

Now RR is dependent on Bangalore and Mumbai to lose their remaining matches which will allow them to finish on 14 points. But in any case, RR should beat PBKS first then only the other qualification scenarios will work for them.

7. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

The two-time champion side, Kolkata Knight Riders did well to win against CSK on Sunday and that too at their fortress. That win came after 11 years.

KKR should aim to finish at least on the fourth rank with 14 points. For that, they need to win over LSG on their home ground. But when the net run rate comes into the picture, KKR is behind MI, RR, and Bangalore. If KKR loses to LSG then the Purple Army is out of this edition of the IPL. 

By: Kaushal Kowjalgi

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