IPL 2020 Playoff Scenarios: Four-way fight for fourth spot

IPL 2020 Playoffs race: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets to move to eight points after 10 games and kept its playoff hopes alive.

Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar guided Sunrisers Hyderabad to an eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.   -  BCCI/IPL

With less than two weeks left for the round-robin stage of IPL 2020 to end, there's every likelihood that three teams - Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals - will make it to the playoffs.

Of the five others, four teams -  Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab - have a realistic shot at clinching the final spot while Chennai Super Kings is hanging by a thread.

Sunrisers eased past Royals by eight wickets to climb to the fifth spot with eight points from 10 games, fighting back after the heart-breaking Super Over loss to Knight Riders in their previous game.

RR vs SRH, IPL 2020 Highlights: Pandey, Shankar help Sunrisers beat Royals by eight wickets

Mumbai, by winning Friday's game against bottom-placed Chennai, will retain the No. 1 spot, thanks to its high Net Run Rate (+1.201 to Delhi's 0.774). That would also put a playoff spot mathematically and practically out of the reach of Dhoni's men.

This weekend double-headers, especially the game between Hyderabad and Punjab, should make for interesting and exciting action since the latter has found its mojo after morale-shattering defeats in the early part of the competition. Warner's Orange Army, too, will be buoyed by its win over Steve Smith's men.

IPL 2020 Points Table

Delhi Capitals107314+0.774
Royal Challengers Bangalore107314+0.182
Mumbai Indians96312+1.201
Kolkata Knight Riders105510-0.828
Sunrisers Hyderabad10468+0.092
Kings XI Punjab10468-0.177
Rajasthan Royals11478-0.620
Chennai Super Kings10376-0.463
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