IPL 2020 playoffs scenarios: Rajasthan Royals stays in knock-out contention after win vs Kings XI Punjab

IPL 2020 playoffs race: Rajasthan Royals stayed alive in the playoffs race with a convincing seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter on Friday.

Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes after scoring a half-century off only 24 deliveries.   -  BCCI/IPL

Rajasthan Royals stayed alive in the playoffs race with a convincing seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 encounter on Friday. Rajasthan's stunning victory also snapped Punjab's five-match winning streak.

Chasing 186 to win, Rajasthan began well with Ben Stokes slamming a 24-ball 50. But his dismissal inside the Powerplay off Chris Jordan's bowling brought Punjab back. However, Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa allayed any concerns with a quickfire 51-run second-wicket partnership. Uthappa fell for a 23-ball 30 but that did not deter Samson, whose 25-ball 48 coupled with Steve Smith's unbeaten 20-ball 31 saw Rajasthan home with 15 balls to spare.

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However, Punjab can still end up qualifying for the last four stage. It needs to beat Chennai Super Kings, get to 14 points and hope that Sunrisers Hyderabad, which has a much better Net Run Rate than Punjab, does not win its remaining two games. As for Rajasthan, Steve Smith and Co. need to win their last game against the Kolkata Knight Riders and pray that Chennai continues its good form to trump Punjab.

IPL 2020 Points Table Today

TEAMSPWLPointsNRR
Mumbai Indians128416+1.186
Royal Challengers Bangalore127514+0.048
Delhi Capitals127514+0.030
Kings XI Punjab136712-0.133
Rajasthan Royals136712-0.377
Kolkata Knight Riders136712-0.467
Sunrisers Hyderabad125710+0.396
Chennai Super Kings135810-0.532

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