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IPL 2021 Playoffs: Final four line-up. Double Fight Tonight. Can MI Overtake KKR And Qualify?

KKR’s big win vs RR on Thursday by 86 runs, has all but completed the final four line-up for the IPL 2021 playoffs. DC, CSK and RCB had already taken three of the available four slots earlier and now the fourth is going to be KKR’s, though the official stamp will only be put on it after the MI vs SRH match today.


As things stand, barring an absolute and complete miracle, the defending champions will not be part of the playoffs this season. With two matches left to play (MI vs SRH and RCB vs DC), both of which will be played concurrently at 7:30 pm tonight.


Here are all the possibilities in 7 points:


  1. KKR’s win vs RR means PBKS and RR can no longer make the playoffs. RR will finish 7th and PBKS can, at best, finish tied fifth.

  2. For MI, the best scenario is tied fourth with KKR, which can happen if they win their last game against SRH. But that would not really help the defending champions, because that would also almost certainly mean KKR will go through, given its much higher NRR.

  3. Here’s how tough it is for MI to catch up with KKR’s NRR - - If MI were to bat first and score 220 against SRH today and then bowl them out for 50 (which would beat the record margin of 146 for all IPL seasons), that still wouldn’t be enough. Similarly, if they were to bowl out SRH for 50 and then chase it down in 3 overs, that wouldn’t be enough either to overhaul KKR’s NRR.

  4. DC are assured of finishing at no.1 with no ties even if they lose their last game against RCB.

  5. CSK can be either second by themselves (if RCB lose to DC) or in a tie with RCB. But even in a tie, their vastly superior net run rate would see them take the second spot.

  6. RCB can tie with CSK by beating DC, but that will almost certainly not be enough to make the top two.

  7. The bottomline – DC and CSK will almost certainly face off to enter the finals directly in the knock-out stage in Qualifier 1. Almost as surely, RCB will take on KKR in the Eliminator.


IPL 2021 Final 4 SRH vs MI
SRH vs MI

SRH vs MI

Two brilliantly executed overs at the death tilted the scales for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday night. It also brought to the fore Kane Williamson's astute reading of the situation and Jason Holder bowling the penultimate over worked fine with the West Indian conceding only five. The regular choice of bowling the penultimate over - Bhuvneshwar Kumar sealed the win, conceding eight when 13 were required from the final over. The four-run win should've revived the Sunrisers, severely low on confidence after a string of losses, but having upset RCB's calculations, they would now look to end the season on a high.


It's easier said than done, though. Their opponents in their final league encounter at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi are five-time champions Mumbai Indians, who have a lot riding on this match as they look to seal a playoff berth. The top three slots are out of reach for Mumbai.


Probable Playing XIs

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad

Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik


  • Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult



RCB vs DC
RCB vs DC

RCB vs DC

The Capitals, led by Rishabh Pant, have already sealed their spot in the top two with a net run rate of 0.526. Since the upcoming game won’t hold any significance from the tournament’s point of view, DC may try out a few new players. In their previous game, they won by three wickets against the Chennai Super Kings. The Challengers, on the other hand, have already made their way through to the playoffs.


RCB will be going into the game on the back of a four-run defeat at the hands of the Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, Virat Kohli and Co. has incentives to look forward to from their final league game. If they beat the Capitals by a fair distance, they could even topple the Super Kings to second.


Probable Playing XIs

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, KS Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal


  • Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C & WK), Steve Smith, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Anrich Nortje



Last two league games of IPL 2021 to be played at the same time

For the first time in the tournament's history, two league matches will be played concurrently at 7:30 PM (IST) on Friday (October 8). Mumbai Indians will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi for match No. 55.


Whereas the 56th match of the edition will feature the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. The two star-studded sides are slated to clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.


Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore have qualified for the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians are involved in a tussle for fourth spot.


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