Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on Thursday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
Skipper Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli laid the platform for the win with a 172-run partnership.
The win helped RCB to 14 points, and above Mumbai Indians into the final playoff spot.
Here is the updated points table after the SRH vs RCB match last night:
|2||Chennai Super Kings||13||7||5||15||+0.381|
|3||Lucknow Super Giants||13||7||5||15||+0.304|
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore||13||7||6||14||+0.180|
|7||Kolkata Knight Riders||13||6||7||12||-0.256|
Faf du Plessis’ men are up against Gujarat Titans in their last league game and a win against the table-topper would take it to 16 points. But even then its progression is not assured, as it would then have to hope either one of MI, LSG, or CSK fumbles in their last league game or that it finishes with a better net run rate (NRR) than the Mumbai outfit.
If RCB falls short against GT, its qualification will hinge on SRH, which will be MI’s final opponent in the league stage. If MI wins that game, it will qualify for the playoffs, knocking out every other team on 12 points currently.
But if SRH wins that game, there could possibly be a four-way tie on 14 points, where NRR will once again come into play. Of the five teams that could potentially end up in this tie, only RCB and the Rajasthan Royals have a positive NRR.
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