With less than two weeks left for the round-robin stage of IPL 2020 to end, there’s every likelihood that three teams – Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals – will make it to the playoffs.
Of the five others, four teams – Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab – have a realistic shot at clinching the final spot while Chennai Super Kings is hanging by a thread.
Sunrisers eased past Royals by eight wickets to climb to the fifth spot with eight points from 10 games, fighting back after the heart-breaking Super Over loss to Knight Riders in their previous game.
Mumbai, by winning Friday’s game against bottom-placed Chennai, will retain the No. 1 spot, thanks to its high Net Run Rate (+1.201 to Delhi’s 0.774). That would also put a playoff spot mathematically and practically out of the reach of Dhoni’s men.
This weekend double-headers, especially the game between Hyderabad and Punjab, should make for interesting and exciting action since the latter has found its mojo after morale-shattering defeats in the early part of the competition. Warner’s Orange Army, too, will be buoyed by its win over Steve Smith’s men.
IPL 2020 Points Table
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||10||7||3||14||+0.182|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||10||5||5||10||-0.828|
|Kings XI Punjab||10||4||6||8||-0.177|
|Chennai Super Kings||10||3||7||6||-0.463|