Virat Kohli’s dream of IPL 2024 playoffs over? Check what happens if CSK vs RCB’s match is washed out

The RCB vs CSK match was stopped due to rain. In 3 overs, Royal Challengers Bengaluru made 31 runs, with Virat Kohli making 19 off 9 balls.

Written By Saurav Mukherjee
Updated18 May 2024, 08:14 PM IST
Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru batters Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Chennai Super Kings, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)
Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bengaluru batters Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 cricket match between Royal Challengers Bengaluru and Chennai Super Kings, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)(PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak)

After a roller-coaster ride in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024, Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore now have a chance to qualify for the playoffs in the ongoing season.

However, their final clash with defending champions Chennai Super Kings on May 18 will decide whether they qualify or must wait another year to fulfil their dream of lifting the IPL trophy.

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What will RCB have to do to qualify?

According to the stats, Royal Challengers Bangalore will have to defeat Ruturaj Gaikwad-led Chennai Super Kings on May 18 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru by 18 runs or within 18.1 overs – assuming a first innings score of 200 runs.

RCB have played 13 matches and have 12 points with a NRR of +0.387, while CSK have 13 matches and have 14 points with a NRR of +0.587.

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But what if it rains?

With rain forecasted for May 18 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, RCB's chances of qualifying for the playoffs will also be ruined, as it will take CSK through to the playoffs.

On May 18, the RCB vs CSK match was stopped due to rain. In 3 overs, Royal Challengers Bengaluru made 31 runs, with Virat Kohli making 19 off 9 balls.

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Pitch Report

Known to be a batter's paradise, M Chinnaswamy Stadium's pitches are flat, making it tough for bowlers to make some magic.

Weather report:

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is a 73% chance of rain on Saturday. This leaves RCB to pray that the rain stops and they can play the match, or else CSK will qualify for the playoffs.

IPL 2024 playoffs

Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have qualified for the playoffs, and only one seat is left. Other teams—apart from CSK and RCB—are out of the race.

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First Published:18 May 2024, 08:14 PM IST
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