It needed the entire duration of 56 matches to decide on the four teams who would make the IPL 2020 play-offs. On rather expected lines, two of the favourites to win the title this year, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, will be facing each other in the first qualifier at Dubai on Thursday. On current form, Mumbai would go in with the edge despite their 10-wicket loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, playing with an under-strength squad. MI beat DC in both the league stage games, first by five wickets and then by nine wickets
Warner hit a magnificent 85*(58) and got great support from Saha as the pair chased down 150 without breaking a sweat. With that win, SRH qualified for the playoffs and KKR are now out of the tournament.
Ajinkya Rahane’s classy 60(45) made sure that Delhi will play Mumbai in the first qualifier and will get two shots at reaching the final. The target in sight was just 153, and Delhi cruised to it with an over to spare.
Unlike some of the other sides in IPL 2020, Sunrisers Hyderabad will have their destiny in their own hands when they face Mumbai Indians in the final league game at Sharjah on Tuesday. Courtesy a superior run-rate, a victory of any kind will see them through while a loss would knock them out. It will be easier said than done though as table-toppers and defending champions MI too would be keen to go into the play-offs on a high.
Kolkata Knight Riders turned up the heat in Dubai today, with their skipper leading the easy as they thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs, and ending their IPL campaign. With this win, KKR are still alive in the competition and are dependent on the results of the next two games.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to give it all they have in match number 55 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both DC and RCB are stuck on 14 points from 13 matches with four and three consecutive losses respectively. Whoever wins the contest will finish second on the points table while the losing side will have to battle it out with multiple sides stuck on 14, with the net run rate coming into the equation.
With Ben Stokes-inspired wins against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals’ floundering campaign in IPL 2020 is just about alive. As such, they will go into their final league match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Dubai high on confidence. Both Rajasthan and Kolkata have 12 points from 13 games. However, RR have a better run rate than KKR, and thus, a big win for Rajasthan could put them in a reasonable position to qualify. Of course, with a few other sides also likely to finish on 14, it will be a tight race to the finish.
RCB, much like their fellow DC team, made a meal of yet another chance to have a secure spot in the playoffs. They could post only 120, and with dew on offer it was never going to be enough as SRH batsmen got to the target in quick time, though losing quite a few wickets in the process.