MI vs LSG: Lucknow Supergiants beat Mumbai Indians by 5 runs to clinch the third position in the points table in a thrilling match at the Ekana Stadium on Tuesday. This has also made the race for the playoffs interesting.
Lucknow Supergiants beat Mumbai Indians by 5 runs to clinch the third position in the points table in a thrilling match at the Ekana Stadium on Tuesday. This has also made the race for the playoffs interesting. Lucknow Supergiants and Chennai Super Kings now have 15 points. Now let’s see how other teams can defend their place in the playoffs..
With this defeat, the race for the playoffs has become difficult for Mumbai Indians. Had Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai beaten Lucknow, they would have finished the league stage in the top-2. But now the chances of reaching the playoffs are reduced. Mumbai will have to depend on the results of other matches to reach the playoffs.
Mumbai Indians have to play their last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The net run rate was so bad that they won but did not qualify for the playoffs. Mumbai’s net run rate is negative. If either Royal Challengers Bangalore or Punjab Kings win their remaining two matches, it will be difficult for Mumbai to make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Mumbai will have to win by a huge margin.
But this is good news for the rest of the teams in the playoff race. Chennai Super Kings are likely to reach the top-2 once again. MS Dhoni-led CSK will become number 1 if they beat Delhi Capitals on Saturday. Also it is to be seen that the Lucknow team will beat KKR by a huge margin.
The fate of Rajasthan-Kolkata is open..
Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have a chance to reach the playoffs with 14 points each. If they win their last match and reach 14 points, they can beat Mumbai Indians in net run rate and advance. Sunrisers Hyderabad must defeat Mumbai Indians.
Luck in the hands of RCB-Punjab..
RCB, Punjab Kings have good net run rate. If RCB and Punjab win the two matches they have to play, they will get a place in the playoffs. In that case, even if the Mumbai team defeats Hyderabad, there will be no difference. If Lucknow and Chennai lose their last match, RCB and Punjab have a chance to finish in the top-2.
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