IPL playoff scenario: Five teams still in search of last two spots as Rajasthan Royals suffer another defeat Cricket News

Buoyed by an extraordinary all-round performance from captain Sam Curran, Punjab Kings registered a five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. While the win provided Punjab with a consolation win, it dealt a blow to Rajasthan's aspirations of a top-two finish in the league stage, which came after they were confirmed for a playoff spot just a day earlier.
Rajasthan, who are second with one game remaining, and table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders are the only two teams to have booked their places in the play-offs.
Despite Punjab's exit from the playoff race, Curran's stellar performances with both bat and ball highlighted his resilience and determination to end the season on a positive note.
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With only five league games left in the season, here's everything ipl playoff scenario For the last two remaining spots:
* KKR are now guaranteed sole top spot in the league stage as no other team can catch them on 19 points
*RR is guaranteed qualification even if they lose their last game. Their best-case scenario is to win their last game against KKR and finish second. Whether he will be sole second or joint second will depend on the results of other games. If SRH wins both their remaining games, they can join RR on 18 points and there is not much difference between the two teams on net run rate at the moment.
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* Third-placed CSK are sure to be among the top four teams on points, but are not sure about qualification. Depending on the results of the other games they could finish third with four other teams (DC, RCB, SRH and LSG) or fourth with three other teams (DC, RCB and LSG). What helps is their better net run rate at this stage compared to the other teams competing for the final two qualifying slots.
* Fourth-placed SRH are also sure to finish in the top four on points, but they too are not sure about qualification. If they lose both their remaining games they could find themselves in a tie with four other teams (DC, RCB, CSK and LSG) for the third spot. They could also finish in a three-way tie for fourth place with DC and LSG. But just one win from their remaining two matches will guarantee qualification
* Fifth-placed DC has a 62.5% chance of finishing in the top four on points, alone or jointly. But they are not sure of qualifying. Finishing third on points will involve a four-way or five-way tie, while finishing fourth will involve a two-way to four-way tie depending on the results of other games.
* Sixth-placed RCB has a 50% chance of finishing in the top four on points, singly or jointly. It is important to win their last game against CSK, but winning it is not enough. Other results will follow suit
* Seventh-placed LSG, despite losing to DC on Tuesday, are not out of the league yet. They still have a 31% chance of finishing in the top four on points, alone or jointly. However, the bad news is that finishing third will result in a five-way tie while United will have a three-way or four-way tie finishing fourth and their NRR is the worst among all the teams they could tie with. .
* MI, PBKS and GT are already out

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