IPL 2024 Playoffs: Exact result CSK, RCB, DC need to finish in top 4

The mid-table upset of IPL 2024 has become more interesting as struggling Gujarat Titans defeated Chennai Super Kings by 35 runs in Ahmedabad on Friday, May 10. Even after almost 60 matches in IPL 2024, only one out of 10 teams has won. Confirmed a place in the playoffs, and it is Kolkata Knight Riders. In contrast, Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings are out of the race after disappointing performances this year. After Gujarat's morale-boosting win in Match 59, the tournament is now wide open as teams like Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Titans still have a chance to finish in the top four.

CSK and DC, who are sitting on 12 points each after as many games, are separated only by NRR. At the same time, RCB is in great form and has kept its playoff hopes alive with four consecutive wins. After losing seven out of eight matches in the first half of the tournament, the Faf du Plessis-led side has made an impressive comeback by registering five wins from 12 matches so far.

As CSK, DC and RCB prepare to play their 13th league game on Sunday's double-header, let's take a look at what these three sides need to do to make it to the IPL 2024 playoffs.

IPL 2024 Qualification Scenario for CSK, DC and RCB:

Chennai Super Kings

Defending champions CSK are comfortably placed fourth in the points table with NRR (+0.491). Ruturaj Gaikward's side face RR on home soil on Sunday and will play their final league stage game against RCB at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday, May 18. Let's take a closer look at CSK's playoff scenarios.

CSK can now reach maximum 16 points. If they win both their remaining games, they will be favorites to qualify due to their better NRR than DC and LSG.

If they only win one, they can still qualify in the hope that the winner of the DC vs LSG game will lose their other remaining fixture.

If Chennai loses both their games, they will be out of the tournament as they will be left with 12 points and the winners of LSG and DC will have 14 points and will overtake them.

Delhi Capitals

Rishabh Pant's DC are currently placed fifth in the standings with 12 points and an NRR of (-0.316). Their remaining two matches are against RCB and LSG. Here are DC's playoff scenarios –

DC can now reach a maximum of 16 points and hence have to win both their games. They will also have to hope that CSK loses at least one of their remaining matches to achieve direct qualification.

NRR will come into play if they tie with CSK on 16 points, which is currently favored by the five-time IPL champions.

If Delhi wins one of the two matches and is stuck on 14 points, they will hope that CSK loses both their matches and LSG loses at least one match to reach the playoffs.

Ultimately, if the Capitals lose both their matches, they will be eliminated as LSG will overtake them regardless of CSK's results.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB is one of the teams that has only an outside shot at making the IPL 2024 playoffs. Here are RCB's playoff scenarios –

If Faf du Plessis-led RCB is successful in winning its remaining two matches, it can reach maximum 14 points. However, they also need other results to make it into the top four.

Given that RCB wins its last two matches and reaches 14 points, they have to face CSK defeat against RR, DC face defeat against LSG, LSG face defeat against MI And GT will have to face at least one defeat in its remaining matches.

With this, RCB and LSG will be tied on 14 points and the team with better NRR will advance. (RCB has the best NRR among them)

However, if CSK wins both their remaining games, RCB will need SRH to lose both their games by big margins, and GT will also need to lose against KKR, and LSG will need to lose both their remaining games. No more than one will win.

The above result will leave six teams tied on 14 points and the two teams with better NRR will advance. If this happens, RCB will have a chance to qualify for the IPL 2024 playoffs.

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