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IPL 2021, Playoff qualification scenario: Bangalore strengthen chances, Rajasthan on thin ice

RR vs RCB, IPL 2021: Here is how the playoff scenario changes following match 43 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

India TV Sports Desk India TV Sports Desk
New Delhi Updated on: September 29, 2021 23:27 IST
Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

The bowlers and pair of KS Bharat and Glenn Maxwell helped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secure another comfortable win as they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. Here is how the playoff scenario changes following match 43 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Here is the IPL 2021 points table:

Position Teams M W L Points NRR Qualified Last 3 Matches
1 Chennai Super Kings 10 8 2 16 +1.069 - 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 - W L L
7 Rajasthan Royals 11 4 7 8 -0.468 - L L L
8 Sunrisers Hyderabad 10 2 7 4 -0.501 - W L L

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Rajasthan remain at the seventh spot with playoff hopes far from likely, although mathematically still a possibility. They have three more matches to go, victories in which, by superior margins, will hand them a total of 14 points, but would also require Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) to lose all their remaining games. 

"We don't have anything to lose and that gives a lot of freedom to go out and express ourselves. Funny things can happen in IPL, we need to keep believing till the last match we play," said Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson after the match. 

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Bangalore have created a bit of a cushion for themselves with that seven-wicket win, their seventh victory in the season which places them four points clear of the next best-placed team, Kolkata. This is also the most number of wins RCB have secured in a single IPL season in the league stage, which places them in a comfortable position for a second consecutive appearance in the playoffs. 

"Everything is coming along nicely and people are making contributions at the right time. We were blown away in game one, we took it as a positive. You need to be up with the pace in this tournament. We are getting into the groove at right stage of the tournament," said Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in the post-match presentation. 

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