MS Dhoni‘s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may have suffered a series of setbacks in their previous two games (against RR and DC), but the side is all but assured of a top-2 finish — thanks to SRH’s victory over Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.
The KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings (PBKS), meanwhile, face contrasting fortunes as the side’s low NRRÂ means they remain in dire need of a miracle when they meet CSK.
|Position||Teams||M||W||L||Points||NRR||Qualified||Last 3 Matches|
|1||Delhi Capitals||13||10||3||20||+0.526||Q||W W l|
|2||Chennai Super Kings||13||9||4||18||+0.739||Q||L L W|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||8||5||16||-0.159||Q||W W W|
|4||Kolkata Knight Riders||13||6||7||12||+0.294||–||W L W|
|5||Mumbai Indians||13||6||7||12||-0.048||–||W L WÂ|
|6||Punjab Kings||13||5||8||10||-0.241||–||L W L|
|7||Rajasthan Royals||13||5||8||10||-0.737||–||L W L|
|8||Sunrisers Hyderabad||13||3||10||6||-0.422||–||L L W|
IPL 2021 Playoff Qualification Scenario: Chennai Super Kings
The CSK need a win to ensure a top-2 spot in the IPL 2021 table. However, even if MS Dhoni’s side loses its final game against PBKS, it is unlikely that they will fall further in the standings, thanks to their hugely superior NRR to RCB.
If Punjab Kings register a landslide victory over CSK, however, Dhoni’s men will be hoping for an RCB defeat in the side’s final game against table-toppers Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2021 Playoff Qualification Scenario: Punjab Kings
The chances for playoff qualification look bleak for KL Rahul’s men. With the second-worst NRR among the team battling for the fourth position, PBKS remain in need of a miracle.
Even if Punjab win their last game by a huge margin, they will need Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to concede defeats in their final game MI meet the bottom-placed SRH, while KKR face Rajasthan Royals.