KKR: ‘Kolkata team’…what to do to reach the play-offs? Explanation in 3 points…there is a twist!

KKR: ‘Kolkata team’…what to do to reach the play-offs?  Explanation in 3 points…there is a twist!

The 16th season of IPL has reached its final stage. Even though 66 league matches have been completed so far, Gujarat Titans is the only team that has confirmed the play-off round.

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Chennai Super Kings and Lucknow Super Giants have scored 15 points and have made the play-off opportunity bright. If these teams win the last match, the play-off chances will be assured. Similarly, even if RCB and Mumbai Indians win the last match, the play-off opportunity will be based on net run rate.

Chances for Kolkata:

While only 5 teams are considered to have a play-off chance, Kolkata team is also predicted to have a 10 percent play-off chance. Yes, Kolkata have 12 wins from 13 matches and a net run rate of -0.256.

The winner of the last match will get 14 points. Also, if Mumbai Indians and RCB lose the last match, they will get only 14 points. If this happens, Mumbai Indians, RCB, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Raiders will have 14 points. With a net run rate of -0.256, Kolkata ranks last among these 4 teams.

If Kolkata is to top these 4 teams and advance to 4th place in the points table and go to the play-off round, three things need to happen. Let’s look at those three things.

First to pitch:

Batting first against Lucknow, Kolkata should win by 103 runs.

2nd Batting:

In 9 overs, Kolkata should chase and win.

First this should happen:

More important than the above 2 things is that RCB and Mumbai Indians should lose in the last league match. Only if that happens, Kolkata will have a play-off chance based on netrun rate.

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