IPL 2024 Playoff Qualification Scenario Explained: Via KKR; 3 places up for remaining 7 teams


With KKR reaching the playoffs, there are 3 spots left and seven teams in the fray (BCCI photo)

With KKR reaching the playoffs, there are 3 spots left and seven teams in the fray (BCCI photo)

KKR became the first team to book an IPL 2024 playoff spot, reducing the qualification spots from 7 teams to 3. Here's a look at possible scenarios and what teams need to do to reach the playoffs.

After the KKR vs MI match, Shreyas Iyer-led Kolkata Knight Riders became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2024 playoffs, reducing the remaining spots to just three from the seven teams in the field. Rajasthan Royals need one more win to seal their place in the playoffs, while the race for the third and fourth places heats up between CSK, SRH, DC, LSG, RCB and GT. Here's a look at possible scenarios and what teams need to do to reach the playoffs.

IPL 2024 Playoff Qualification Scenario

Kolkata Knight Riders – KKR have qualified and are on top of the IPL 2024 points table with 18 points.

remaining matches

KKR have sealed a top-4 spot after defeating MI in a rain-interrupted match in Kolkata last night, and with two more games remaining, they will now look to seal a top-two finish. They can go as high as 22 points and that would equal the record for most points scored in the league stages. They will face GT in Ahmedabad and then RR in Jaipur in their final two fixtures and it will be their final league game against Rajasthan which could decide the top-two finish of IPL 2024.

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Rajasthan Royals-RR are currently at the second position in the points table with 16 points.

remaining matches

  • csk vs rr
  • RR vs PBKS
  • RR vs KKR

Wins in their last three matches will mean they reach 18 points and secure their place in the playoffs as only three other teams (KKR, CSK and SRH or LSG) can reach 18 points. KKR has already qualified, so RR can't afford to slip up and will look to grab the Q first and then try for a top-two finish when they meet CSK. Those last two league games are at home and will conclude their league stage against KKR.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – SRH are currently placed third on the IPL 2024 points table with 14 points.

remaining matches

SRH may be slightly ahead in terms of sealing the third IPL 2024 playoff spot, but there is no guarantee that SRH can succeed in it. With 14 points and two games remaining, SRH can reach the 18-point mark to ensure a playoff spot, but a loss in either of their last two games will leave them vulnerable. CSK, DC, LSG can match SRH on points and if SRH loses their last two games, they can potentially fall behind the other three teams in the points table. SRH's opponents in their last two fixtures are GT and PBKS, but one thing that will be beneficial for them is that both the last games are at home.

Chennai Super Kings – CSK are currently placed fourth in the IPL 2024 points table with 12 points.

remaining matches

CSK's playoff chances took a big blow after their 35-run defeat to GT last night as they now have two matches left and are level on matches and points with DC and LSG. However, due to their Super NRR, they remain at the fourth position but now it is important for them not to lose their last games. This will be a tough question as one team is the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals and the other is the Virat Kohli-inspired RCB, who are currently on a four-match winning streak. If they win both of their games they can hope to reach the maximum of 16 points, but either DC or LSG can do the same. SRH could potentially reach 18, while RR and KKR could also be out of CSK's reach if they win most of their remaining matches.

Delhi Capitals-DC are currently placed fifth in the IPL 2024 points table with 12 points.

remaining matches

DC are in a mid-table scrum with CSK and LSG. They have only two games left – against RCB and against LSG at home. And it is important for them to win both the games to reach 16 points and hopefully other results go their way, so that they can reach the top 4. DC has registered two wins in its last three matches. A loss in either of their last two matches should end their campaign.

Lucknow Super Giants – LSG are currently placed sixth on the IPL 2024 points table with 12 points.

remaining matches

The crushing defeat to SRH has affected LSG's net run-rate to a great extent, and like DC, they too have two games left, and winning both the games will be their priority. This will take them to 16 points and then they will have to hope to lose as many games to the current top 4 teams to reach the top 4. A defeat in either of their last two matches should bring the curtains down on their campaign. ,

Royal Challengers Bangalore- RCB is currently at seventh position in the points table with 10 points.

remaining matches

With the win over PBKS in Dharamsala, RCB kept their slim playoff chances alive and ended PBKS's campaign. They now have two matches left – both against higher-ranked opponents – DC and CSK. Their equation is simple, win both games and reach 14 points and hope that their net run-rate remains better than other teams who will be level on points with them. Lose to DC or CSK and this Faf du Plessis-led IPL season will be over.

Gujarat Titans-GT is currently at 8th position in the points table with 10 points.

remaining matches

With a 35-run win over CSK, GT avoided being out of the playoff race for the time being, and now with 10 points in their kitty with two matches remaining, they are in exactly the same position as RCB. Win both their remaining games and they can reach 14 points. From there it will depend on the results of the other matches as to whether they will get a chance to make their third consecutive playoff appearance. Will also come into play if NRR is tied on points with other teams. But the problem for GT is that they face current table-toppers KKR and the formidable SRH in their final two matches.

Mumbai Indians-MI are currently at 9th position in the points table with 8 points.

remaining matches

MI were already out of the IPL 2024 playoff race and with a loss in their final game against table-topper KKR, they remain on 8 points with only one game left, they will now look to start their campaign on a high. Can hope to finish and try and avoid the wooden spoon this season.

Punjab Kings-PBKS are currently at 10th position in the points table with 8 points.

remaining matches

PBKS have no chance of qualifying for the playoffs in IPL 2024 after their 60-run defeat to RCB in Dharamsala. After their 8th defeat in 12 matches, PBKS can now potentially reach 12 points if they win their last two matches, but that will not happen. Enough for them to make it to the top 4.


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