IPL scenarios : Three teams in contention for final playoffs spot

With just two games remaining in the IPL 2023 league phase, the race for the playoffs is heating up. As the teams battle it out on the field, we analyze three team’s chances and what they need to secure the final spot in the playoffs.

Defending champions Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings & Lucknow Super Giants have already qualified for the knockout phase, with only one more spot still up for grabs, with three teams vying for a place.

Qualification Scenarios for IPL 2023 Playoffs

  • Rajasthan Royals (14 matches, 14 points, +0.148 NRR)

RR’s chances of reaching the playoffs are slim.

They need Mumbai Indians to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore to lose to Gujarat Titans.

RR would prefer Bangalore to lose by six or more runs chasing 181 to improve their net run rate (NRR) and qualify.

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore (13 matches, 14 points, +0.180 NRR)

RCB’s victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad has improved their chances of making it to the playoffs.

They have a superior NRR over Mumbai Indians (-0.128), and a win against Gujarat Titans should be enough to qualify.

  • Mumbai Indians (13 matches, 14 points, -0.128 NRR)

MI’s playoff chances have been affected by RCB’s victory.

They need RCB to lose their last match to improve their chances.

If RCB doesn’t lose, MI must score 180+ batting first against Sunrisers Hyderabad and win by a margin of at least 82 runs to improve their NRR.