The Dream 11 IPL 2020 playoff race is now getting harder. With the Rajasthan Royals IPL 2020 playoff victory over Punjab, the path has become more tense, interesting, and complicated. Mumbai Indians have qualified and Chennai is already out. The playoff race is now limited to 6 matches, with 6 teams fighting for 3 playoff spots.
Rajasthan Royals defeated Punjab: Royals are now 5th in the points table / KXIP still retain 4th position / 6th in KKR - all 3 teams have played 13 matches so far.
Learn how teams will qualify
Royal Challengers Bangalore (14 points): Match left: SRH (31 October), DC (2 November)
RCB will have to win one of their remaining two matches to qualify without a net run-rate. If Virat Kohli performs better against both teams then he will be in the top 2. If they do not win any match they can still qualify but the result will depend on the performance of other teams.
Delhi Capitals (14 points): Match left: MI (31 October), RCB (2 November)
DC's three consecutive defeats have put them in a difficult position. If they win the remaining two matches, they will make it to the top 2. If they win one, they will qualify but they can fall to any position on the points table. If they lose both the remaining matches and can join the tie at 14 points. In that case, the net run-rate will come into play.
Kings XI Punjab (12 points): Match left: CSK (1 November)
The loss against Rajasthan Royals means KXIP can only reach 14 points. Kings XI can still qualify if they win their last game and if others adopt the result. After this, qualification will depend on the net run-rate. They will also expect CSK to continue their late-season form and not let KXIP and SRH win more than 1 of the remaining 2 matches.
Rajasthan Royals (12 points): Remaining Matches: KKR (1 November)
RR will need to win their remaining match against KKR by a big margin like they have done in their last two matches. They would also expect CSK to continue their late-season form and beat KXIP and SRH.
Kolkata Knight Riders (12 points): Match left: RR (1 November)
Losing to CSK means that KKR can only reach 14 points. They need at least one more win to stay in the top 4. To make KKR a place in the top 4, they also need that Punjab loses their last match and Sunrisers lose at least one of the remaining 2 matches. In addition, the net run-rate will also have to be improved.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (10 points): Match Remaining: RCB (31 October), MI (3 November)
They should win both their matches first and then do not expect KXIP, KKR, and RR to perform significantly in the rest of their games. A run-rate of +0.396 is the biggest hope for SRH in the playoffs race if they stop at 14 points.
Chennai Super Kings (10 points): Match Remaining: KXIP (November 1)
out of the playoff race, but can create a playground for other teams.