Punjab Kings are currently placed eighth in the points table with 12 points to their name, and have a mountain to climb.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) discover themselves in a difficult spot as, after a defeat towards the Delhi Capitals in their most current sport at Dharamsala, they’ve dropped to the eighth location in the factors table. A spot in the pinnacle 4 appears far-fetched now, as the Shikhar Dhawan-led aspect wants to win their subsequent game, as nicely as choose different teams’ outcomes to give up in their favor.
With simply six video games ultimate in the league stage, matters will be very hard for the groups who have no longer certified so far. As of now, defending champions Gujarat Titans are the solely facet to have sealed the playoffs berth, and have booked themselves a area in the Qualifier 1 by means of topping the factors table. Hence, solely three spots continue to be vacant now, with seven groups plying their trade.
How can PBKS qualify with one sport to spare?
Punjab want to win their remaining recreation of the league stage, which is scheduled towards the Rajasthan Royals, who are additionally in competition for the playoff spot. But a win by myself would now not assist Punjab pass to the pinnacle four. Shikhar Dhawan and his guys want to register a big victory, comparable to what the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) did towards the Royals in their preceding game. A huge win will enhance Punjab’s NRR, which presently is -0.308.
If PBKS win their subsequent game, they’ll end at 14 factors in the factors table. But then again, the solely way for them to qualify in addition would be if no other crew reaches 14. Currently, KKR and RR are at 12 factors and a victory would depart them at 14. RCB too are at 12 points, however they nonetheless have two video games to go, in contrast to PBKS. Mumbai Indians are presently at 14 with one sport to spare, and PBKS would prefer all of KKR, RR, RCB, and MI to lose all their last fixtures, which looks close to to impossible.
All that can assist the Kings’ now is a accurate NRR, for which they want to win their subsequent sport by way of a massive margin. In the end, if PBKS and MI will be tied at 14. In that case, PBKS would want to rating a hundred and eighty in their recreation and win through a margin of 20 runs, and would additionally favor MI to lose their last fixture through 26 runs so as to surpass the five-time champions’ NRR and seal the fourth spot.