Do Mumbai Indians have a chance to advance to the playoffs after the Kolkata Knight Riders win?
The loss to the Sunrisers Hyderabad will continue to sting the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Chennai Super Kings’ big loss to the Punjab Kings means Kohli’s side would have had a realistic chance of finishing in the top two had they passed SRH. As for fourth place, Kolkata Knight Riders’ beating against the Rajasthan Royals made the equation unlikely for the Indians of Mumbai.
The net execution rate to the rescue of CSK
Points – 18, NRR – +0.45
After a six-wicket loss to the Kings, CSK ended their group league assignments with 18 points and their net run rate fell to +0.45. And yet MS Dhoni’s team are set to finish in the top two and get a second cherry bite because their run rate is almost untouchable by RCB. The Delhi Capitals are already at the top of the standings with 20 points and one game less, and they will compete in qualifying 1 against, in all likelihood, CSK.
The two main aspirations of RCB slide further
Points – 16, NRR – -0.15
A win against SRH would have lifted Virat Kohli and company to 18 points and their fate would have been in their hands in that event. But the loss saw them stay anchored on 16 points with a net run-rate of -0.15. To finish in the top two, they will now have to beat DC by more than 113 points. If they chase, for example if their goal is 142, to get a net positive run-rate, RCB will have to knock the target down in 16 overs. And they would still be behind CSK’s net execution rate.
KKR breathes easily
Points – 14, NRR – +0.58
The Kolkata Knight Riders started their match against the Rajasthan Royals knowing that a victory would put them practically in the top four. They won by 86 points to end the group stage with 14 points and a net score of +0.58. Their victory brought down the curtain on the hopes of the Punjab Kings.
Mumbai needs a huge win
Points – 12, NRR – -0.04
The defending champions are theoretically still in contention for the Playoffs, as they too can reach 14 points by beating SRH. But practically, their season seems over and dusted. Mumbai Indians will need to beat SRH by 171 races to overtake KKR’s net race rate.