IPL 2017 Qualification Scenario: Royal Challengers Bangalore Virtually Out Of Play-Offs!
With nothing going in Royal Challengers favour at the moment, the washout on Tuesday (April 25) had forced hosts and Sunrisers Hyderabad to share a point each as RCB is now placed at sixth position with five points after playing eight matches and are now virtually out of the play-offs competition.
After Royal Challengers Bangalore had lost miserably against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday (April 23) when they were bundled out for just 49 to register the lowest total in Indian Premier League (IPL) history, the struggling side has slim chances to qualify for the play-off stage until they could pull out something sensational like Mumbai Indians did by winning six consecutive games before losing to Rising Pune Supergiant by three runs on 24th April.
However, Delhi Daredevils is at number seven, but they have played only six games and on the other side, Gujarat Lions is languishing at the bottom of the table with two wins in seven games.
The Men in Red has poor run-rate than both the teams and it further shows the side is virtually out of the competition.
Royal Challengers batting collapse has not only left a void in the team, but has made Royal Challengers think tank worry to think about the better choices for their upcoming matches, in order to secure their place for play-offs stage which at the moment looks dismal given to their form so far.
Having the star-studded batting line-up at the helm which further had witnessed rollercoaster ride during the ongoing season, Royal Challengers bowlers too have to stood up and give their best as we might witness few changes in the next encounter as they are already languishing at the bottom half of the points table with four wins out of their seven games following their net run-rate is already in minus and poor in relation with other teams competing in this season.
Here’s how Royal Challengers Bangalore is placed at the points table and what Virat Kohli-led team needs to do for the qualification of Playoffs:
Matches – Points And NRR
Royal Challengers Bangalore Points 5; NRR -1.210 In Eight Matches:
Setting The Plot For RCB:
If Royal Challengers will register six games on the trot from here on, they will be strong contender to secure their place in play-offs as they could go up to 17 points.
How RCB Could Get Off Road:
The simple calculation is that if struggling Royal Challengers went on to lose at least two matches (statistically one) in their remaining six fixtures they are supposed to get eliminated from the ongoing competition.
Tossing The Numbers In RCB’s Favour:
If the side happens to win five games they could find themselves struggling for the play-off stage with 15 points which would further shoot out at the Net Run Rate (NRR) including other teams if they would also reach the 15-point mark.
On the other side, batting-heavy Royal Challengers have to improve their run rate to enhance their chances as it plays a significant role in the competition when teams are vying neck-to-neck for the play-off stage.
Result Sheet – Five Loses In Seven Matches (out of eight):
On April 25, a match between Royal Challengers and Sunrisers Hyderabad was called-off after rain played the spoilsport at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium which further resulted in sharing a point each between both the teams.
On April 5, while playing their match number one and the IPL opener, Royal Challengers lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 35 runs at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
SRH 207 for four in 20 overs, RCB in reply was bundled out for 172 in 19.4.
Royal Challengers registered their first win of the tenth IPL season when they beat Delhi Daredevils by 15 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
RCB posted 158 for 8 in 20 overs as in response Daredevils were able to score 142 for 9 in 20 allotted overs.
On April 10 at Holkar Stadium in Indore, the second home base of Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers posted 148 for four on board in 20 overs.
However, King XI won the match convincingly by eight wickets as they chased down the target in 14.3 overs.
Royal Challengers were again at the receiving end on April 14, when they lost the match at home by four wickets against Mumbai Indians.
The visitors chased down the target of 143 in 18.5 overs as they posted 145 for six.
On super Sunday of April 16, in a bid to chase down the target of 162 against Rising Pune Supergiant, Royal Challengers batsmen again faltered as they eventually lost the match by 27 runs after posting 134 for nine in 20 overs.
On April 18, which witnessed absolute carnage from the batsmen of Royal Challengers and Gujarat Lions’ batters, the visitors in the form of Royal Challengers blasted Lions’ bowlers by setting a daunting total of 213 for 2 in 20 overs.
However, Lions’ batsmen were equal up to the task before falling short of 21 runs at their home ground in Rajkot.
On April 23, it was again Royal Challengers with the dismal performance from the star-studded batting lineup. Eden Gardens in Kolkata had witnessed Royals Challengers bundled out for just 49 in 9.4 overs when they were chasing down the target of 132 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Before vying for the play-offs which will kickstart from May 16 next month, Royal Challengers have three home fixtures out of six games now.
Matches Left For RCB This Season:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Gujarat Lions, April 27, 2017 – 08:00 PM Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Rising Pune Supergiant Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 29, 2017 – 04:00 PM, Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Stadium, Pune.
Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, May 01, 2017 – 04:00 PM, Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kings XI Punjab, May 05, 2017 – 08:00 PM, Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders, May 07, 2017 – 04:00 PM, Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Delhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, May 14, 2017 – 08:00 PM, Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, New Delhi.
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