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IPL 2021 Playoff qualification scenario: PBKS boost top-4 chances, KKR in tricky spot

Eoin Morgan's Kolkata Knight Riders lost by five-wickets to KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings in the 2021 Indian Premier League game on Friday.

India TV Sports Desk Written by: India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: October 02, 2021 0:04 IST
IPL 2021, Playoff qualification scenario: KKR powered with strong NRR, PBKS face uphill task
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IPL 2021, Playoff qualification scenario: KKR powered with strong NRR, PBKS face uphill task

KL Rahul's 67 and Mayank Agarwal's fiery 40 guided Punjab Kings (PBKS) to a five-wicket win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday. Here is how the playoff qualification scenario looks like for the two teams after match 45 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.  

Points Table

Position Teams M W L Points NRR Qualified Last 3 Matches
1 Chennai Super Kings 11 9 2 18 +1.002 Q W W W
2 Delhi Capitals 11 8 3 16 +0.562 - L W W
3 Royal Challengers Bangalore 11 7 4 14 -0.200 - W W L
4 Kolkata Knight Riders 11 5 6 10 +0.363 - W L W
5 Mumbai Indians 11 5 6 10 -0.453 - W L L 
6 Punjab Kings 11 4 7 8 -0.288 - L W L
7 Rajasthan Royals 11 4 7 8 -0.468 - L L L
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 11 2 9 4 -0.490 - L W L

Kolkata Knight Riders Playoff Qualification Scenario

A superior NRR still places Kolkata in a comfortable position despite the five-wicket defeat in Dubai. They will now play against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. Victory in their next two games will leave them with 14 points, but KKR's fate depends on one between Royal Challengers or Mumbai Indians finishing with less than 16 points at the end of the league stage. 

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Punjab Kings Playoff Qualification Scenario

 

While the win boosted their chances of making the playoffs, it put Delhi Capitals through to the knockouts making them the second team in IPL 2021 to qualify for the second round after Chennai Super Kings. Win their their next two games will also leave them on 14 points, but it will not be enough for KL Rahul's men. They need both Kolkata and Mumbai to suffer defeats in their subsequent games. 

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