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IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: What should KKR do to seal the last spot

first_img Akshay Ramesh New DelhiMay 5, 2019UPDATED: May 5, 2019 20:02 IST Kolkata Knight Riders need to win their last match to qualify for the playoffs (Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSKolkata Knight Riders need to beat Mumbai Indians to progress to the playoffsSunrisers Hyderabad can become the first team to qualify for playoffs with just 12 pointsKXIP sealed a consolation win vs CSK on SundayAfter 55 matches, the final berth for the 2019 Indian Premier League playoffs is still up for grabs and 2 teams are in the race to join Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians in the quaifiers.Royal Challangers Bangalore secured a consolation win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru on Saturday, much to the delight of Kolkata Knight Riders fans.Kings XI Punjab had a mathematical chance to make the top-four. Despite their six-wicket thrashing of Chennai Super Kings at home earlier on Sunday, R Ashwin’s men fell short of the playoffs berth. KXIP finished with 12 points from 14 matches and are currently sixth on the eight-team table.Match 56: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai from 8 pm ISTThe odds were stacked in favour of Sunrisers Hyderabad before their final league match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. SRH had 12 points from 13 matches and a positive net run rate of +0.653, the best in the eight-team table.When Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were dismissed cheaply in Bangalore’s chase of 176, it seemed like Hyderabad were favourites to seal a playoffs berth.However, Shimron Hetmyer, playing for RCB for the first time in 33 days, stepped up and showed why he is rated one of the most promising young cricketers going around. Hetmyer smashed his maiden IPL fifty and stitched a 100-plus stand for the fourth wicket with Gurkeerat Singh who also got to half-century.Two men announced themselves to #VIVOIPL, one man redeemed himself with the winning shot for @RCBTweets #RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/4YjoLbdhY7advertisementIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019Hetmyer took Sunrisers’ key bowlers including Rashid Khan to the cleaners as Bangalore gunned down the total with 4 balls to spare.Here’s how the race for the final playoffs spot looks like on the last day of league matches in the 2019 IPL:KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERSSimple equation: Beat Mumbai Indians on Sunday in the final league match of IPL 2019 and seal the playoffs berth. However, it’s not going to be an easy task for Kolkata Knight Riders as Mumbai Indians will be keen on clinching two points to secure a top- finish and make it to Qualifier 1.SUNRISERS HYDERABADWe’ve got a Super Sunday tomorrow to complete the #VIVOIPL league stages! After @RCBTweets’ win, here’s how things stand.#RCBvSRH pic.twitter.com/qxgLgEqnyHIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 4, 2019The 4-wicket loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday has not hurt Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Net Run Rate a lot. They have ended up with 12 points from 14 matches with an NRR of +0.577.SRH will now have to rely on other results to know their fate. They can become the first team to qualify for playoffs with just 12 points in the IPL history provided both KXIP and KKR lose.If Kolkata Knight Riders, who are on 12 points from 13 matches with a Net Run Rate of +0.173, beat Mumbai Indians, they will knock Sunrisers Hyderabad out.However, if Kolkata Knight Riders lose at the Wankhede Stadium, see Sunrisers Hyderabad will most likely seal the berth on the basis of a better net run rate.Also Read | IPL 2019: Another no-ball controversy and Virat Kohli is frustratedAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant breaks Virender Sehwag record for Delhi CapitalsAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rahane promises to come back stronger in 2020 after disappointing seasonFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow IPL 2019 Playoff ScenariosFollow KKRFollow SRHFollow KXIP IPL 2019 Playoff Scenarios: What should KKR do to seal the last spotIPL 2019: With Kings XI Punjab not doing enough to give themselves a chance to seal a playoffs berth, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrises Hyderabad are in the race to seal a playoffs spot. KKR take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in the final league-stage match of the seasonadvertisementlast_img read more