Qualifying for the playoffs in IPL 2023 is a challenging task for the Rajasthan Royals (RR), as they currently have 12 points from 13 matches. Their final league game is against the Punjab Kings (PBKS), who are also in the running for a playoff spot.
To have a chance at qualification, RR must secure a victory against PBKS, which will take them to 14 points. However, their qualification depends on several other factors. Firstly, they will hope that both the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and PBKS do not reach 14 points.
Additionally, RR would benefit if either the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) or the Mumbai Indians (MI) lose both their remaining games, as it would keep them below RR’s point tally. It is especially favorable for RR if LSG finishes with 13 points, just one behind RR’s potential 14.
While RR is not in direct competition with the Gujarat Titans (GT) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) due to their higher points, they must keep an eye on the performances of MI, RCB, and PBKS. If MI loses both their remaining games, RR could potentially surpass them based on net run rate (NRR).
However, if both RCB and PBKS reach 14 points with at least one win each, the NRR will come into play, posing a challenge for RR’s qualification hopes. In such a scenario, RR will hope that one of RCB or PBKS loses both their remaining games, improving their chances based on NRR.
It is crucial for RR to focus on winning their final match against PBKS while keeping an eye on the outcomes of other teams’ matches. Though their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are slim, a victory coupled with favorable results from other matches could help them secure a spot in the top four.
Remaining Match for Rajasthan Royals:
May 19: vs Punjab Kings