IPL 2024

IPL 2024: Here’s how the bottom-placed RCB can still qualify for playoffs

RCB have won just one out of seven matches they have played so far.

Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) are currently in troubled waters for their underperformances in the ongoing season of the IPL. Faf du Plessis and Co. haven’t quite discovered a way to churn out results in their favour.

They endured two close defeats recently. Earlier, they surrendered at the hands of Sunrisers Hyderabad in a high-scoring encounter. As many as 549 runs were scored on the match day, a world record in a T20 game. RCB fell short of the target and lost the game by 25 runs.

After that, they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The result could have gone either ways as both teams gave absolutely everything in the contest. As it turned out, KKR had the last laugh in the battle as they won the game by 1 run.

Having played eight games so far, RCB lost as many as seven matches, with their solitary win coming against Punjab Kings. As things stand, RCB are at the bottom of the IPL 2024 league stage points table with 2 points and an NRR of -1.046.

IPL 2024 playoffs qualification scenario for RCB

If the team fails to find a way to come out on top in the remaining games, their playoffs dreams could be over. However, their journey isn’t done and dusted yet. Despite seven defeats in eight games, they can still make it to the playoffs but it comes with a catch.

Let’s learn about RCB’s playoffs qualification scenario. RCB’s first half journey hasn’t gone well for them as they often succumbed under pressure against oppositions. However, with six more games to go, they will have to be clinical and pitch in with complete performances so much that they need to win all games.

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If they win all the remaining six games, they will finish the league stage with 14 points. However, collecting 14 points won’t be enough for them to qualify for the playoffs as they will have to heavily rely on other teams’ results.

Besides that, they have the second worst-rate of -1.046 and will have to play extremely well to improve their NRR to increase their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. However, if they lose one more game, their journey would come to an end.

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Take a look at RCB’s remaining fixtures

KKR v RCB in Kolkata – April 21, Sunday
SRH vs RCB in Hyderabad – April 25, Thursday
GT vs RCB in Ahmedabad – April 28, Sunday
RCB vs GT in Bengaluru – May 4, Saturday
PBKS vs RCB in Dharamshala – May 9, Thursday
RCB vs DC in Bengaluru – May 12, Sunday
RCB vs CSK in Bengaluru – May 18, Saturday

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