Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans is the first team to qualify for the IPL playoffs. And last night, defeating Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals has already booked their tickets for the qualification. And the most successful team of Indian Premiere League, five-time champions Mumbai Indians are already out of contention.
After 58 matches in IPL 2022, each team played at least 11 games and hence, eight teams are still in the race to reach the knockouts. As of now, Gujarat Titans is the only team in IPL 2022 to have confirmed their spot.
However, Gujarat’s contention was not that easy as it seems. The team led by Hardik Pandya was on the cusp of qualifying easily, but consecutive loses, against Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians, delayed their march to the knockouts. However, they sealed their first contention to the play offs of IPL 2022 by defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 62 runs.
In the current scenario, the two new teams are topping the charts. Gujarat has already qualified the playoffs and Lucknow just need one more win to register their contention for the trophy of IPL 2022. Having already amassed 16 points, Lucknow Super Giants can easily get the job done but if they lose both matches it will affect their net run rate.
Defeating Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals has also registered their right on the throne. The team led by Rishabh Pant played exceptionally well and defeated the orange and purple cap and also affected their net run rate. Delhi Capitals has couple of matches remaining in the league stage. But both are against two struggling sides – Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings.
Defeating both, Delhi Capitals will have 16 points. And with such points the team will have a genuine chance to register their fourth successive contention for the play-offs.
A win against Delhi Capitals would have kept Rajasthan Royals in a relatively safer place. But now Sanju Samson and company are in a spot of bother. They will now face second-placed Lucknow Super Giants on Sunday and another defeat can easily dent their chances for the play-offs.
Two wins and Faf DuPlessis’s RCB can finish with 18 points. Their chances to qualify for the play-offs is much brighter than others. But still with their negative net run rate, two defeats could send them out.