Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Thursday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad and are currently sitting at the fourth spot of the points table with 14 points in their account.
They are set to take on the Gujarat Titans in their last league-stage encounter and a win against the top-ranked team would elevate their points to 16. However, their progress to the playoffs is not guaranteed unless either Mumbai Indians lose their last league game or they finish with a better net run rate (NRR) than the Mumbai Indians.
If RCB fails to win their match against the Gujarat Titans, their qualification will depend on Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will be playing against the Mumbai Indians in the final league stage game. If the five-time champions emerge victorious, they will secure a playoff spot, eliminating all other teams currently sitting on 14 points.
However, if SRH manages to win that game, it could lead to a scenario of a three-way tie on 14 points, where the net run rate (NRR) becomes crucial once again. Out of the three teams that could potentially be part of this tie, only RCB and the Rajasthan Royals have a positive NRR.
What if the RCB vs GT match is called off due to rain?
Should rain interfere with the RCB vs GT encounter, both teams will gain a solitary point. Consequently, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s chances of progressing to the playoffs might be jeopardized. It will depend on Mumbai Indians’ performance in their afternoon clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. A Mumbai Indians win would end RCB’s playoff hopes, whereas a loss of Mumbai against SRH would see RCB secure a playoff berth.