IPL 2024 Playoff Scenario: Exact score RCB needs to beat CSK in race for top 4

The race for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 playoffs took a dramatic turn on Sunday as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Delhi Capitals by 47 runs to register their 5th consecutive win of the season. The win gave RCB a huge boost in the fight for a top-four finish, taking their total number of points from 13 matches to 12 with a net run rate of +0.387. RCB will next face 5-time champions Chennai Super Kings, and it could be a virtual knockout contest between the two sides, with the winner of the contest going into the playoffs while the loser will be eliminated. (IPL 2024 points table)

Super Kings are currently placed third in the points table with 7 wins from 13 matches. His NRR is +0.528. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have an extra game in hand, have 14 points on the board with 7 wins from 12 matches. His NRR is +0.406.

IPL 2024 Playoff Scenario:

Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Gujarat Titans and Punjab Kings in the next match of their campaign. Even a win in any match can take them to the playoffs as they already have 14 points on the board and an impressive net run rate.

Lucknow Super Giants are also strong favourites, but need to win both their remaining matches as the NRR is quite poor at -0.769.

Gujarat Titans and Delhi Capitals are also mathematically in the race for the playoffs but both these teams can get a maximum of 14 points in the league stage of the campaign. Given their low NRR, it will not be practically possible for them to defeat CSK, RCB, LSG or SRH in the battle for the top 4.

How RCB can qualify for IPL 2024 playoffs:

The best-case scenario for RCB is that SRH wins one or both of their matches and finishes third in the points table and LSG does not win more than one. The final spot in the IPL 2024 playoffs will depend on the match between CSK and RCB, turning the contest into a virtual eliminator in the race for the playoffs.

If that happens, RCB will surpass CSK's run-rate if they beat them by 18 runs or more (assuming the Faf du Plessis-led team scores 200 while batting first). . If RCB is given a target of 201 runs, they will have to achieve it with about 11 balls to spare.

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