Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals will square off at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers have qualified for the playoffs. Here’s what RR and MI need to do to stay alive in the playoff race.
PLAYOFF QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS
Matches played: 12, Points: 10, NRR: -0.337, Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders
The only way Royals can qualify for the playoffs is by winning their last two games.
However, if it comes down to Net Run Rate with all teams level on 12 points, then Royals are unlikely to make the cut because of their extremely poor NRR.
Matches played: 12, Points: 10, NRR: -0.453, Remaining games: vs Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Mumbai’s NRR is also poor, so it needs to win both its games by a big margin to qualify. That said, if Knight Riders beats Royals to reach 14 – Mumbai is most likely to be eliminated.