RCB, IPL 2019

IPL 2019: Three scenarios by which Virat Kohli’s RCB can still make it to the playoffs

With two back to back wins, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will aim for yet another victory and keep their chances of making it to the playoffs alive when they take on the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

RCB would take a lot of confidence from their last victory against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which they registered despite heroics from MS Dhoni in a nail-biting clash.


The inclusion of Dale Steyn, the veteran fast bowler from South Africa, has strengthened RCB’s bowling attack who is not only providing the early breakthroughs but also is instilling confidence in others bowlers like Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini. Their batting boasts off having world class batters like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who have been in good form in the tournament.

What RCB needs to do to reach the playoffs?


Inspite of losing 6 matches in a row Virat Kohli and his men have made a small comeback by winning 3 of their last four matches.

The Red Army can still qualify for the playoffs if they win four out of four but that will only happen if the results of the matches of other teams end up in their favour. RCB will be hoping for the top of the table teams like CSK and MI to win most of their matches. If everything falls in place then there are certain scenarios which can take RCB into the playoffs without bringing net run rate (NRR) into the equation.


RCB playoff scenarios

In case of any of the three above mentioned scenarios, RCB’s capsizing boat will sail into the playoffs irrespective of their NRR.

Note: The dashes in the winner column indicate that either of the two possible results of the fixture would have no effect on the scenario.

This article was first published on CricketTimes.com.
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