RCB’s Chaotic Start Transforms into Playoff Push: Can They Overcome the Odds?

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Preeti Bali / 9:01 am / May 17, 2024

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), despite boasting immense talent over the years, haven’t been able to lift the coveted IPL trophy.

The 2024 season saw them retain their core players – Faf du Plessis, Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, and Mohammed Siraj. They also bolstered their overseas contingent with Cameron Green, Alzarri Joseph, Will Jacks, Reece Topley, and Lockie Ferguson. However, the season began with a string of disappointing losses, leaving fans wondering if their dream of an IPL title would vanish yet again.

From Despair to Hope: A Three-Match Winning Streak

Despite a disastrous start with seven losses in eight games, RCB has shown remarkable resilience. They’ve clawed their way back with a three-match winning streak, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

This article by The Sporting News explores the path RCB needs to take to secure a playoff spot.

The Math Behind Qualification: A Tight Race with NRR in Play

For RCB to qualify mathematically, they need to win their final league match against CSK with a specific margin. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Win by at least 18 runs.
  • Chase down the target within 18.1 overs.

These conditions are crucial to surpass CSK’s Net Run Rate (NRR), a key factor in playoff qualification scenarios with tied points.

Points Needed and The Remaining Matches: A Do-or-Die Situation

Historically, teams have qualified with 14 points (seven wins in 14 games). Currently, with five wins from 12 games, RCB needs to win both their remaining matches to reach that mark.

However, qualification doesn’t solely depend on their performance. They’ll also need favorable results from other teams. Regardless, securing a win in their final match against CSK is absolutely essential to stay in contention.

RCB’s Remaining Matches:

  • May 18th: vs CSK at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

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