IPL 2021 is nearing its end of the group stage matches with 3 teams already qualified for the playoffs and two teams fighting for the 4th spot. Until yesterday, it seemed a two-team competition but KKR’s win over RR in their clash almost pulled Mumbai Indians out of the IPL playoffs race.
In order to qualify for the playoffs, the qualification scenario looks like Mumbai Indians need to climb Mt Everest without any Oxygen supplies. The qualification scenario for MI looks bleak and it is almost impossible for them to qualify for the playoffs as KKR thrashed RR to win their last game by 86 runs.
Qualification Scenarios for Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians needs to beat SRH by 171 runs in Sharjah on Friday.
If MI’s men are bowling first, it’s nearly over for the MI team as they can’t get past KKR on Net Run Rate even if they win the match inside the first over.
Currently, Mumbai Indians are placed at the 5th spot with 12 points but the worrying part is their NRR is -0.048. On the other hand, KKR boosted their run rate to +0.587 after their victory over RR on Thursday.
Mumbai Indians are paying price for their poor start after the resumption of IPL 2021 in UAE. They lost their three consecutive games but kept their hopes alive after winning two out of their next 3. They thrashed Rajasthan Royals by beating them inside the 10 overs to keep their playoff chances alive but that have been dented by KKR in their last league game against RR.
Meanwhile, DC is on top of the table and indisposable but RCB only has a mathematical chance of displacing CSK from the top 2 if they beat DC on Friday. Chennai Super Kings are currently at the second spot with 18 points and NRR of +0.455 while RCB has -0.159.