The race for the IPL 2023 playoffs is heating up with each passing game in the tournament. This edition of the competition has seen some special performances. Even though the group stage is slowly coming to a close, only one side has officially qualified for the playoffs. Yes, there are favourites to make it through and in all likelihood, these teams will, but almost every side still stand with an outside chance of sneaking through and entering the knockout stage. Gujarat Titans, Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants are the sides to have officially qualified, but CSK are yet to be guaranteed a top-two finish. Lowest Totals in IPL History: Rajasthan Royals Bowled Out for 59 Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Register Tournament's Third-Lowest Score.
A look at the IPL 2023 points table shows us that Gujarat Titans lead the proceedings with Chennai Super Kings at two. Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are the two sides in the tournament who are vying for one remaining spot in the playoffs. In this article, we shall take a look at the qualification scenarios for both these teams.
IPL 2023 Points Table
|Gujarat Titans (Q)||13||9||3||0||18||0.835|
|Chennai Super Kings (Q)||14||8||5||1||17||0.652|
|Lucknow Super Giants (Q)||14||7||5||1||17||0.284|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||7||6||0||14||0.180|
|Rajasthan Royals (E)||14||7||7||0||14||0.148|
|Kolkata Knight Riders (E)||14||6||7||0||12||-0.239|
|Punjab Kings (E)||14||6||8||0||12||-0.268|
|Delhi Capitals (E)||14||5||8||0||8||-0.808|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad (E)||13||4||9||0||8||-0.575|
(Updated after KKR vs LSG Match)
Gujarat Titans: The defending champions have made the playoffs because of a clinical win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. With this win, they have 18 points and are also guaranteed a top-two finish.
Chennai Super Kings: The four-time champions have secured qualification for the playoffs and are second on the points table having points to their name. Chennai Super Kings could have secured a top-two spot with wins in their remaining matches but they will have to wait for another result to go their way. MS Dhoni and co are currently favourites to play the Qualifier 1 alongside Gujarat Titans. IPL 2023 Schedule, Free PDF Download Online: Get Fixtures, Time Table With Match Timings in IST and Venue Details of Indian Premier League Season 16.
Lucknow Super Giants: Lucknow Super Giants have made a giant leap towards making the playoffs with a victory over Kolkata Knight Riders. This victory takes their tally to 17 points, and now they will play in the Eliminator. Lucknow Super Giants will play against either of RCB and MI. Fastest Fifty in IPL History: Yashasvi Jaiswal Hits 13-Ball Half-Century to Enter Record Books During KKR vs RR Indian Premier League 2023 Match.
Mumbai Indians: The five-time champions are fourth on the points table after a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. The five-time champions have 16 points and would qualify only in Royal Challengers Bangalore lose to Gujarat Titans.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: After an impressive victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore now need to beat Gujarat Titans to qualify for the IPL 2023 playoffs. Despite Mumbai Indians' victory, their Net Run Rate is negative and RCB would surpass them with a win over Gujarat Titans.
Rajasthan Royals: The inaugural champions, who made it through to the IPL 2022 final, are under pressure to qualify for the playoffs. Before the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they had themselves in a great position to qualify but the big 112-run defeat has severely dented their hopes. With ending the season having 14 points with win over Punjab Kings in their last match, they would now need other results to go their way.
Punjab Kings: They had matters in their own hands but now, all Punjab Kings can end up with 12 points. The loss to Delhi Capitals have hurt them big time when it comes to IPL playoff chances. Punjab Kings cannot qualify now provided as they lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals.
Kolkata Knight Riders: For Kolkata Knight Riders, their defeat to Rajasthan Royals almost spelt the end of their campaign. With 12 points from 13 matches, KKR were alive in the playoff race up until Lucknow Super Giants' victory. LSG getting to 15 points mean KKR's playoff chances have diminished as they can score a maximum of 14. However, they need to beat LSG in their last home game by a good margin to stand with an outside chance.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Already eliminated from the IPL 2023 playoff contention, Sunrisers Hyderabad were handed yet another defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore. That loss has kept them rooted to the bottom of the points table and now, all they can do is play for pride and finish ninth on the table, if they beat Mumbai Indians in their last game of IPL 2023.
Delhi Capitals: Officially out of the playoff race. It has been a forgettable campaign for the David Warner-led side. After a rough start, they did manage to begin a revival of sorts but with nine losses, they cannot qualify for the playoffs anymore.
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