IPL Playoff Scenario: How can DC qualify after beating LSG in last league-stage match? Here are details

Delhi Capitals (DC) brought curtains on their Indian Premier League (IPL 2024) league-stage campaign on Tuesday (May 14) as they now wait for other results to clinch a place in the Playoffs. With 14 points from 14 matches, DC beat Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by 19 runs in the final league game at Arun Jaitley Stadium. So here are the equations for DC to qualify for the Playoffs with them no longer in action.

DC’s Playoff qualification scenario

DC’s fate is no longer in their hands and will need at least one if not two teams to finish on 14 points with a worse net run rate (NRR). DC ended their league-stage campaign with 14 points and with NRR of -0.377. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) must beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) on Saturday which will eliminate the latter from the Playoff race.

Also, Gujarat Titans (GT) and Punjab Kings (PBKS), already eliminated, should beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their final two fixtures while hoping their NRR drops below DC’s. These equations will see RCB finish on 12 points, SRH on 14 points (negative NRR assumed) and DC on 14 points while also assuming Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) get beaten by Mumbai Indians on Friday. In this case DC finish in the top four but if SRH’s defeats are not by a big margin they will finish above DC on NRR despite defeats. 

  • CSK beat RCB
  • SRH lose both their matches by big margin and take hit on NRR
  • LSG lose to MI on Friday (even a win by small margin for LSG helps DC)

What could prevent DC’s qualification for Playoffs?

A win for RCB against CSK will see DC’s Playoff hopes end as both RCB and CSK in that case will end with 14 points and better NRR. As mentioned, if SRH win either of their matches DC get eliminated with Pat Cummins’s men reaching 16 points and one of RCB or CSK with better NRR will occupy the fourth spot. LSG’s win over MI is unlikely to affect DC’s chances as they will have to win by a big margin of 500 runs, a practically impossible scenario.

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