As the IPL 2020 approaches towards the end of league matches, the stage is set for an exciting race for playoffs.
The Indian Premier League or IPL, is the world’s most-attended professional T20 cricket league. With 8 teams representing eight different cities or states in India, the league attracts a large number of viewers across India as well as across the world. It is conducted each year across various states in India. However, the IPL 2020 is being played in the UAE as the Covid-19 pandemic has devastated India and any sporting event poses a high risk of spread.
IPL 2020: Progress
As most teams have played 10 or 11 games out 14, with 4 or 3 games left, the time is ideal for an analysis of how various teams have progressed throughout the league stage. The Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have almost secured places in the playoffs. MI, DC and RCB have 14 points each out of 10 games.
Race for the Playoffs
Hence, the fight for 4th place would be the matter of pride for the rest of the teams (excluding Chennai Super Kings). Kolkata Knight Riders are a step ahead in the race, yet by small margins.
KKR have 10 points out of 10 games while Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals have 8 points each from 10, 10 and 11 games respectively. Hence, it would be a slightly tough task for RR as they have played the extra game in the race.
Fall of Kings
Chennai Super Kings are one of the most successful franchises of the tournament. Right from IPL’s start in 2008, they have never failed to reach the playoffs in seasons that they have played. However, this season proves to be their worst outing of all time. CSK are right now at the bottom of the table with 6 points from 11 games.
The team lacks intent to win matches and players are fighting against age. This has made them the first team of IPL 2020 to be sure of not qualifying for the playoffs. The fall becomes even more drastic upon seeing the fact that they lost last year’s IPL finals by a margin of 1 run! Their fall has become a matter of trolls and memes on a large-scale on social media platforms (follow: IPL 2020 and Trolling that came along!)
KXIP’s Rise from the Ashes
Though being a team with prime contenders for Orange Cap, Kings XI Punjab had to face tough times in winning matches. The team unbelievably crumpled to loses in games that they were about to win easily. Yet, the never give up attitude of captain KL Rahul and the arrival of Chris Gayle in playing IX broke the jinx that they were caught in. They rose to a playoff-contenting position from the last in the table.
Rajasthan Royals have to sweat out a lot if they are to reach the playoffs. Teams that have the same points as theirs have played one game less. Hence, their hopes also rest on the defeat of other teams that are in contention for playoffs. They have the mettle, yet choke in key moments that makes them lose matches.
Predictions for IPL 2020 Playoffs
As said earlier, three teams (MI, DC, and RCB) have knocked the door of the playoffs and are in form to get in soon. The fourth slot is being fought for by SRH, KKR, KXIP and RR. While considering their performances in the last five matches, KXIP have got a great momentum of having won the last three games in a row.
They would give KKR a tough fight. SRH have an advantage in terms of NRR, yet their form seems fluctuating. RR have a mountain to climb in order to prove themselves. Hence, my prediction would be MI, DC, RCB and KXIP for the playoffs. For latest updates, scores, stats, points table, etc., visit : https://www.iplt20.com/.