IPL as a tournament is a very fascinating prospect. Eight teams from around the country, battle it out against one another in the league stage to qualify for the playoffs. Although, as the tournament progresses towards the end, dead rubbers, that is matches that don’t make a significant impact on the points table start showing up. However, the match between RCB and SRH on Wednesday evening is not one of them.
Many spectators from around the country must be thinking that since RCB has already booked a place in the Playoffs. And since SRH has no prospect of qualification, the match won’t be of any significance. Former KKR captain and Indian cricketer Gautham Gambhir believe otherwise though.
During a discussion on ESPNCricinfo, Gambhir said, “It’s not an irrelevant match. It’s extremely important for RCB. They will know how crucial it is to finish in the top 2.” Further, the opening batter explained the importance of ending the league stage on the top 2 positions. While it is understood that those two teams which finish in the 3rd and 4th position don’t get any extra opportunities. They meet in an Eliminator, where the loser gets eliminated. Then in qualifier 2, they meet the loser of qualifier 1 and the winner gets the ticket to the final.
Now, since Chennai lost their match to Delhi two days ago, they are on 18 points. Sitting on the second position of the table with one game to go. RCB with 16 points on the other hand has 2 games to go. So, if they are to qualify, they will be required to win both their matches and accumulate 22 points in total. If RCB can do that, then they will be certain to cement their position in the table in the top 2.
RCB will play Delhi Capitals for their last league game on the 8th of October.