Kolkata Knight Riders have kept their playoff hopes alive by beating Rajasthan Royals by 60 runs in a do or die match of the Indian Premier League. With this win, Kolkata has increased to 14 points and moved up to fourth place in the table. After losing today's match, the Rajasthan Royals tournament has ended. Even after Kolkata's win, the playoff ticket has not been finalized yet.
Batting first after losing the toss, Kolkata scored 191 for 7 wickets in 20 overs. In response, Rajasthan was able to score 131 runs at the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. So far, only Mumbai Indians have reached the playoffs. So now one of the teams playing tomorrow between Bangalore and Delhi will reach the playoffs. If Hyderabad loses to Mumbai in the final match of the league, Kolkata will get a playoff ticket. The rest of Kolkata's players will have to look at another equation to reach the playoffs. Currently, Bangalore, Delhi, and Kolkata have 14-14 points.
But Bangalore's net run rate is -0.145, Delhi's -0.159, and Kolkata's -0.214. Chennai Super Kings ended their campaign with a 9-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their final league match of the Indian Premier League. So with this defeat, King XI Punjab's dream of reaching the playoffs also came true. Batting first after losing the toss, Punjab scored 153 for 6 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Chennai scored 154 runs at the loss of 1 wicket in 18.5 overs.
The Chennai Super Kings were already eliminated from the playoff race. But now they have defeated Punjab and defeated their equation.