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IPL 2019 Playoff scenario: Who will qualify between KKR and SRH?

IPL round robin fixtures draw to a close on May 5 and until then, things could go either way. Playoffs begin on May 7 with Qualifier 1; Eliminator on May 8 and Qualifier 2 on May 10. The final will be played on May 12.

SRH vs RR Live Streaming IPL 2019: SRH are one of the two teams vying for the final IPL playoff spot. (Source: AP)

After six weeks of intense action, the final day of the Indian Premier League will decide who qualifies for the final playoff spot. Like previous seasons, things became dramatic for teams concerned with some picking pace and some dropping their level. The league fixtures draw to a close on May 5th. The playoffs begin on May 7 with Qualifier 1 in Chennai; Eliminator on May 8 in Vizag and Qualifier 2 on May 10 also in Vizag. The final will be played on May 12 in Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings , Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians have already booked their place in the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore were the first team to be sent out of contention with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals bowing out of contention as well. In the end, it is between KKR and SRH for the final playoff spot.

A quick look at the IPL points table after May 5 fixture between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab:

IPL 2019 Points Table:

Position Team Played Won Lost NR Net Run Rate Points
1 Chennai Super Kings (CSK) (Q) 14 9 5 0 +0.131 18
2 Delhi Capitals (DC) (Q) 14 9 5 0 +0.044 18
3 Mumbai Indians (MI) (Q) 13 8 5 0 +0.321 16
4 Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) 14 6 8 0 +0.577 12
5 Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) 13 6 7 0 +0.173 12
6 Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) 14 6 8 0 -0.251 12
7 Rajasthan Royals (RR) 14 5 8 1 -0.449 11
8 Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) 14 5 8 1 -0.607 11

Chennai Super Kings (14 Matches, 18 points)

Chennai Super Kings became the first team to qualify for the IPL playoffs after Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad. CSK earlier had the opportunity to book their place in the playoffs against Mumbai Indians but were beaten at Chepauk for the first time in the season. Historically, CSK have never failed to qualify for the playoffs and that trend has continued. In their nine IPL appearances, CSK have finished in the top-four each time with a top-two finish in five instances. By restraining KXIP’s chase in their final outing, CSK are assured of finishing in the top-two. This means they will have two bites at the cherry. They will play Qualifier 1 in Chennai. CSK can be beaten for the top spot if MI beat KKR.

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Delhi Capitals (14 Matches, 18 points)

Delhi Capitals became the second team – after CSK – to qualify for the playoffs. They beat Royal Challengers Bangalore at home to seal their first playoff berth since 2012. They had the opportunity to consolidate their top spot but were outplayed with ease by Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk. The 80 run defeat also hurt their net run rate. They can be further beaten in the IPL standings if MI win their final game.

Mumbai Indians (13 Matches, 16 points)

Remaining match: vs Kolkata Knight Riders (May 5; Mumbai)

Mumbai Indians had a chance to book their place in the playoffs against KKR at Eden Gardens but despite their 18-5 head-to-head record against Kolkata, solid batting by Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn at the top coupled with Andre Russell’s thundering hits denied Hardik Pandya’s blitz. They got the job done in the next outing with a win against an SRH side without David Warner and Jonny Bairstow. The return fixture against KKR has not just revenge on the line with a win assuring MI of a top spot.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (14 Matches, 12 points)

A David Warner and Jonny Bairstow less Sunrisers Hyderabad lost both their matches – vs Mumbai Indians and then Royal Challengers Bangalore. With 12 points from 13 matches, SRH are still in with a chance of making the playoffs but it is not in their hands anymore. Kolkata Knight Riders can be the final qualifier for the playoff with a win. However, if KKR lose, SRH look likely to go ahead thanks to a much superior net run rate.

Kings XI Punjab (14 Matches, 12 points)

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Kings XI Punjab – alongside KKR – are two teams who lost form as things get murkier. After winning four of six matches at the start of the season, KXIP lost six in next seven. KXIP ended the season, at home, on a high with a 6-wicket win over Chennai. They had a slender chance of qualifying but needed a massive win for that to happen. The win means they don’t finish bottom of the table.

Kolkata Knight Riders (13 Matches, 12 points)

Remaining match: vs Mumbai Indians (May 5; Mumbai)

If it was RCB that started the season terribly, it is KKR who faltered midway. Despite Andre Russell’s heroics and big-hitting to get them wins at the start of the tournament, things went down horribly for Dinesh Karthik’s side later on. KKR had lost six in a row before big hitting from with Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell ensuring a win over Mumbai Indians in the final home game of the season. They then beat Kings XI Punjab on the road and have a chance of making the final playoff spot. It is very simple: win, go through; lose, exit. The margin of win is insignificant.

Rajasthan Royals (14 Matches, 11 points)

After the rain washout in Bengaluru against Royal Challengers Bangalore – with both teams holding slender hope of making playoffs – RR may not have been overly pleased with the interruption. They looked in good position to chase things down before heavens opened up (again). A loss to Delhi Capitals at Kotla meant they’re out of running for the playoffs.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (14 Matches, 11 points)

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Considering the start, Royal Challengers Bangalore would not be extremely disappointed with how they finished. They had a dreadful start to the season with six straight defeats. Thereafter, they played better cricket for wins in the middle but it proved to be too little, too late. Eventually, their playoff hopes were dashed in cruel manner with rain pouring down at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in their no result game against Rajasthan Royals. They finished the season with a win at SRH for a fitting goodbye to the home crowd.

First published on: 26-04-2019 at 03:31:57 pm
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