Lucknow Super Giants edged closer to IPL 2023 qualifiers with a five point win over Mumbai Indians. Despite the absence of captain KL Rahul, LSG beat MI at Bharat Ratna Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium.
MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the draw and opted to go first in the crucial game against LSG. Marcus Stoinis’ magnificent half-tonne guided LSG to 177/3. In response, MI finished with 172/5 despite strong starts from Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan.
Speaking of IPL 2023 Qualifiers race, Gujarat Titans have already qualified, while Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals have been eliminated. Here’s a look at the playoff qualifying scenario for the other seven teams.
#1 Did CSK qualify for IPL 2023 qualifiers?
CSK are not yet qualified for the playoffs. Chennai Super Kings currently sit second in the points table, having earned 15 points. Their final league game will be on Saturday afternoon against the Delhi Capitals.
If CSK wins this game, they will qualify for the playoffs. In case Chennai loses, they will have to hope that no more than three teams finish with 16 or more points.
#2 How can the Lucknow Super Giants finish in the Top 4?
Lucknow Super Giants’ chances of qualifying have increased significantly with their win last night. LSG also have 15 points from 13 matches. Their final championship stage match will be on Saturday against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
If LSG win the match, they will qualify for the next round. If Kolkata win, Lucknow will depend on other results.
#3 How can Mumbai Indians still qualify for IPL 2023 qualifiers?
Bombay Indians have 14 points after 13 matches. They’re currently in fourth place, but their net run rate is -0.128, which could work against them in the playoff race.
MI need a big win against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday to secure their spot. If they lose, they will likely be eliminated from the tournament.
#4 How can RCB qualify for the IPL qualifiers?
Royal Challengers Bangalore need to win their remaining two games by decent margins to secure a Top 4 spot. And PBK lose at least one game.
Otherwise, RCB will have to hope that their net run rate is the best among the teams that finish with 16 points. In case the RCB lose even one of their two games against Gujarat Titans or Sunrisers Hyderabad, their campaign could end prematurely.
#5 How can RR still qualify for IPL 2023 qualifiers?
Rajasthan Royals also have a slim chance of finishing in the top 4. RR need to win their last league game against PBKS by a big margin. Then they will have to hope that SSR beat MI and RCB, GT beat RCB, LSG beat KKR and DC beat PBKS.
In this scenario, RR will move on to the next round without any net run rate calculations.
#6 How can Kolkata Knight Riders qualify for IPL 2023 qualifiers?
Kolkata Knight Riders kept themselves alive in IPL 2023 with a win over Chennai Super Kings last Sunday. If KKR wins big against LSG on Saturday, they will also have a chance to qualify.
To secure a Top 4 spot, KKR will need to register a big win and then hope that SRH beats MI and RCB, GT beats RCB, DC beats PBKS and PBKS beats RR by a decent margin.
#7 How can Punjab Kings qualify for IPL 2023 qualifiers?
The Punjab Kings have two more home matches in the league stage. They will host Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals at the HPCA Stadium over the next three days.
If PBKS wins both games by a wide margin, they will probably finish in the Top 4. In case PBKS suffers a loss in either of the two games, it will depend on the other teams. Two defeats in Dharamsala will eliminate Punjab from the IPL 2023.